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What to Do About Those Dry Hands!

By May 20, 2008

If you are like me, dry hands are the bane of your existence. Between hand building and throwing, reworking clay scraps into usable form again, and my "day job" that demands I wash my hands frequently, I'm in trouble! My cuticles crack, I get patches of dry skin, and it can be miserable!

It's mighty hard to throw when your cuticles start hollering at you, isn't it? But take heart; I have found help in this battle of the skin!

Jen Adkins, our very own About.com Guide to Skin Care has some great advice that really works. Her article, Soothe Dry Skin on Your Hands and Feet Tonight, made a huge difference for me. I'll bet it will for you, too!

Do you have any other tips that could help with "potter's dry skin"? Post your comments here! Come on...help out your fellow potters!


May 20, 2008 at 12:41 pm
(1) Jen Adkins says:

I’m glad that helped Beth. I can only imagine how dry your hands can get. I’ve been gardening the past few days washing a ton on top of my normal washing and I’m super dry. Have you tried Hemp Hand Protector from The Body Shop? (hope that link worked) It’s fantastic for super dry hands.
Dare I say dry hands is one of the only negatives in a super fantastic profession?

May 20, 2008 at 2:31 pm
(2) Beth Peterson says:

Thanks, Jen! The link works great, btw.

Speaking for myself, the worst thing about working with clay is having to eventually down tools and stop for the day… Well worth dry hands, at least for me, but it gets a little rough when I want to throw and the fingers are cracked and sore. :-D

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