Dry Hands: Glove in a Bottle.

on Sunday, January 10, 2010. Filed under: , ,

I've struggled with OCD since 2004 and in 2006, it was at its worse (now if you know about OCD its more likely that you have more than one type of OCD, I struggle with several different types). My mine one has to do with contamination. Its not really like how it is in movies or on TV (this isnt my OCD journal so I'm not going to go into detail here, but if you're interested to know my OCD journal, feel free to ask).

When it was at its worse in 2006, I was constantly washing my hands. By constant, I mean maybe once every half hour. It didnt help much that I worked as a cashier. I obviously couldnt wash my hands every single time I did a cash transaction so I carried hand sanitizer in my pocket with me. Probably the worst idea ever. The constant hand washing and alcohol from the hand sanitizer successfully stripped my hands of all moisture. My hands were so dry and chapped that my finger tips were completely messed up. I couldnt touch silk or satin without my finger tips getting irritated, I couldnt even feel the fabric, at all from my messed up my finger tips were. I also started getting red itchy bumps (which I still get) and I'd scratch my hands until they bled, it drove me nuts.

I was at the hospital one day and me and my boyfriend (who's now my husband) were in the pharmacy to pick up some medicine (I dont remember what I was there for, I'm going to get cough medicine since that year I got Strep Throat for the first time). We were standing in line and they had a tester bottle out for Glove in a Bottle. He read it and suggested I try it, but I refused. He went ahead and tried it himself and really liked it.

So the next time we went to the pharmacy (which wasnt until summer-ish 2007) he got me a small sample bottle thinking it would help dry hands.

I went from being a cashier to working in cash control for a theme park. If you dont know what cash control is, basically we handle all the cash and tickets that come into the park. So basically, its like a room full of cash. For someone who has OCD, it wasnt exactly hell but it was close to it. Everything in that room was dirty (but it did help me realize that I am capable of ignoring my OCD, I even threw out the trash a lot there, incredible)!

The site says:

When the natural oil is stripped from the outer layer of skin the moisture (water) quickly leaves the outer layer of skin leaving the skin dry, irritated, and itchy. Worse, the deeper layers of skin are left exposed to harsh damaging substances including detergents, solvents, cleaners, paint and thinners, gardening chemicals, dirt and grease, latex gloves and powder, etc.

This results in more dry, irritated, and itchy skin that becomes chapped, cracked and damaged.

Hand and skin lotions only replace natural oils with artificial ones. These offer temporary relief that does little to heal the skin. Regular use of lotions can actually cause the skin to produce less natural oils.

Gloves In A Bottle is a shielding lotion – it bonds with the outer layer of your skin and helps lock in your natural oils and moisture – the reason why dermatologists recommend Gloves as an effective dry skin treatment.

I would use this every single time I washed my hands after using the bathroom at work. It says its waterproof but I'd put it on again just in case.

The lotion is fairly thin and it absorbs quickly into your skin. It smells like glue on your hands, but after it absorbs, your hands do feel smoother and softer. After using this everyday for about two weeks, I was starting to see and feel major results. So I used it for a good amount of time, maybe six months or more. And it helped a lot! For one, my finger tips werent messed up anymore, I could finally touch silk and satin without them getting irritated and I could feel the fabric! That was the biggest thing about this to me, something so small as not being able to feel fabric is depressing, I'm so glad my husband found this for me!

If you're like me and you feel you've stripped your hands of all its moisture or if your hands get really dry and chapped, I do highly highly recommend this lotion. Of all the lotions I've tried to heal my hands, this is my favorite one!

4 Responses to Dry Hands: Glove in a Bottle.

  1. xoladiihoneyxo

    Wow, I'm glad you found something that you like and to be able to feel fabric again! Small thing but it's a big thing to people. It's like, how do you live without the basics? How much did you spent on the bottle by the way? Just curious =]

  2. Marie.

    Ah, I dont remember! I know the bigger bottle is around $12, I dont remember how much the smaller sample bottle is, its been years since I bought that one :)

  3. Dana Yoshimizu

    Oh my gosh, what a story! I cannot imagine not being able to feel fabric :( But I'm so glad that you've found something that has fixed it ^__^ I have really dry hands too from constantly washing them. I am always snagging my tights, leggings, and nicer blouses because my skin is so rough =/ I should try this stuff out

  4. Carrie

    First up, thanks for following my blog!

    Second, Wow! I can't imagine living a life in which I couldn't feel things... I'm glad you found a solution!

    I think I may try and find some of this. I don't have as much a need as you, but it sounds like a great product for anyone!

    Thanks for the tip and best wishes,
    Carrie from [carrotspeak.]