I spend most of my days baking brownies and cookies, but I might as well be shucking corn by the way my hands look after it’s all said and done. When I decided to bake professionally, I had no idea about the consequences it would have on many areas of my life — and body. The first thing to go was the condition of my hands. After stirring batter, washing dishes, cutting paper, sealing boxes and filing paperwork my hands have officially turned to sandpaper. I have always had a bottle of Curel extra-dry-super-severe-your-hands-are-ugly lotion on my bathroom counter, but that wasn’t cutting it anymore. Even with Curel my hands became so rough they would snag on my clothes, but I’ll spare you the details.
Andrew, being a fountain of good ideas (and probably tired of having a girlfriend with sandpaper hands), suggested I look for something called “Hand Salve” at the store. We searched for it, but instead came upon something called Corn Huskers Lotion. The selling point for me was that the lotion promised it would “sooth the discomfort of irritated, chapped, or cracked skin.” This was important since my hands were so raw even contact with regular water made them sting (using Curel became like rubbing alcohol on a wound.)
I immediately went home and poured this Corn Huskers Lotion all over my hands and let out a big sigh of relief. It was as if I was a burn victim that found a big tub of ice to jump into. The amazing part is that the lotion is not oily at all, and felt more like rubbing a cool cloth on my hands. This lotion is pure heaven, and my hands have started to turn back to a normal state once again. After a round of baking I still get rough spots, but at least I can continue on without feeling like an alligator.
Corn Huskers Lotion
(made by Pfizer)
Available at CVS and most drug stores for under $5