Ok, it isn't exactly winter yet, but with the way the weather has been going this fall, it might as well be. All spring and summer I don't have to worry about my hands, especially while knitting. As soon as it gets cold out, the skin on my hands, especially my fingertips, dries out and starts to peel. It's ugly, it hurts and it makes knitting a bit challenging since the skin catches on the yarn fibers. It's been so bad in winters past that my fingers have bled. I am sure the fact that I am constantly washing my hands or washing dishes contributes to the problem. I use hand cream and lotions constantly during the cold months. (I do use them in the summer for sun-kissed skin, but not as much.)
As a member of the Carmex Blog Squad, I received a package of Carmex's new line of lotions and creams. Carmex, the company famous for selling their little yellow pots of lip balm, have used their experience to create two moisturizing formulas of lotion and cream. The Carmex skin care line has two products: Carmex Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream. Both products are advertised as having a non-greasy feel, which I have to say was accurate from my experience. I like to apply hand lotion prior to knitting, and after, since the yarn wicks away moisture from my hands. I cannot use greasy lotions or creams when knitting, as I don't want to stain the yarn. I was impressed with how quickly the Carmex lotion and cream absorbed.
Both products smell faintly of their famous lip balm cousin, as there is menthol and camphor in both for healing and soothing skin. Each also has a very light vanilla scent added. The lotion has Vitamin E and Aloe in it for additional soothing and healing properties. While I liked the results of the products on my hands, the scent wasn't my favorite, although it did dissipate rather quickly. I also liked the thickness of the cream a bit more than the lotion, as it was more concentrated and I could use less.
Want to try out the Carmex Skin Care line yourself? Carmex will send one of my readers the same Skin Care pack that I received. In it you'll find
- one 5.5oz Carmex Healing Lotion
- one 4oz Carmex Healing Cream
- one 1oz Carmex Healing Lotion
- one .75oz Carmex Healing Cream
For a chance to receive this skin care pack, leave me a comment here and tell me why you want to try this new line of skin care out! I'll pick a winning comment using Random.org on November 21, 2011 after 10:00pm EST. The winner will be notified by email, so be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the chosen one. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, otherwise the prize is forfeited. Contest open to US addresses only.
Disclosure: As part of the Carmex Blog Squad, I received complimentary products for the purposes of this review. No monetary compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.