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Topic: What's Your Solution for Dry Hands In Card Work?
Message: Posted by: Mike Gorman (May 2, 2011 03:20PM)
Card work is pretty difficult if you have dry hands.
I've tried many versions of hand cream, but none are very effective at moisturizing fingers.
Golden Touch or Corn Huskers doesn't work for me.

Could you share what works for you???

Mike Gorman
Message: Posted by: Paul H (May 2, 2011 04:17PM)
I find Skinners edge card creme cream helps but I do wish it stayed on the hands for longer. I suffer with very dry skin unfortunately and this is the best I've found so far. Hope this helps.


Message: Posted by: ejohn (May 2, 2011 10:01PM)
Search "dry hands" in The Workers forum.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (May 3, 2011 04:19PM)
Cornhuskers didn't work well enough for me, either.

For me, what finally worked was "Zim's Crack Creme" - but the liquid that comes in a spray bottle, NOT the stuff you squeeze out of a toothpaste tube-like container (there's a big difference, for some reason). Lasts a good long time, too.

Sortkwik works well, but does not last very long for me.

Give Zim's a try. Everyone's different, though. You'll get lots of possible solutions doing ejohn's search suggestion.
Message: Posted by: DATMagic (May 6, 2011 11:03PM)
I agree with Chessmann, Zim's Crack cream in the sparay bottle workds great for me. The only place I have ever been able to find it is at CVS. It's original application is for cracked heels so try looking where they keep all applications for feet.

Message: Posted by: Chessmann (May 7, 2011 07:30PM)
Oh, yes, David, you reminded me of the fact that when I go to look for Zims (spray bottle) I usually find it in a different section of the store from the hand creams. However, sometimes it will be with the hand treatments, so if you look for it and don't see it, you should ask :)
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (May 10, 2011 10:38PM)
I sell a product called Manip-Quick. Excellent for card manipulators with dry hands!
Message: Posted by: magicfish (May 25, 2011 09:59PM)
A very small amount of hair gel.
Message: Posted by: MagicJuggler (Jul 6, 2011 04:25AM)
Attach the sortkwik to the inside of a jacket (or two, one on each side) by hot gluing a safety pin to the back. Then you can adjust your jacket and swipe your fingers on the sortkwik at the same time. It doesn't last too long, so you may have to apply the stuff more than once in a longer set. But it's cheap, and works fine. (Temporarily)
Message: Posted by: MagicT (Jul 7, 2011 11:17PM)
Golden Touch
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Jul 8, 2011 07:12AM)
There are song long-lasting dental hand creams as well. Glove-n-care is one that comes to mind.

Pretty much any hand cream that promises to provide "long-lasting relief" for dry hands should work. Go to the sample section at Wal-Mart or K-Mart. They sell the little travel size for $1 or so...that way you don't go broke while trying to find one that works for you....
Message: Posted by: manal (Jul 12, 2011 11:45PM)
A solution of half glycerin and half water. Shake well.
Message: Posted by: EldonFowler (Jul 19, 2011 03:24PM)
I find just using a hand sanitizer gel works fine, and keeps your hands clean.

Also, a lot of the oils and creams can reduce the life of cards, just as the natural oils in everyone's hands. Whereas hand sanitizer won't.

Try it out.
Message: Posted by: panlives (Jul 19, 2011 04:46PM)
"O'Keeffe's Working Hands"

(Sorry, could not find any "O'Keeffe's Self-Working Hands")


Message: Posted by: KungFuMagic (Jul 19, 2011 10:33PM)
I find that hand sanitizer is a source of drying my hands with the alcohol in it. I use a LOT of it in my day job in a professional kitchen . . . washing hands 10 to 12 times in 4 hours, plus hand sanitizer, plus flour . . . gonna find some hand lotion in the travel section!!
Message: Posted by: J.Warrens (Sep 16, 2011 11:08PM)
This subject AGAIN?

Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Sep 17, 2011 12:51AM)
On 2011-07-19 16:24, EldonFowler wrote:
I find just using a hand sanitizer gel works fine, and keeps your hands clean.

Also, a lot of the oils and creams can reduce the life of cards, just as the natural oils in everyone's hands. Whereas hand sanitizer won't.

Hand sanitizers strip away the natural skin oils, which give the necessary tack people need to work with cards. It may be ok for those whose hands are quite tacky, however, for people who already have extremely dry hands, hand sanitizers would only make a bad situation worse.
Message: Posted by: BarryFernelius (Sep 19, 2011 12:21PM)
Drink lots of water. If you're not well hydrated, it's more difficult to have any moisture in your hands.

And every morning, rub in a dab of this stuff: http://www.amazon.com/Neutrogena-Norwegian-Formula-Cream-Fragrance-Free/dp/B000052YP6
Message: Posted by: Woland (Sep 20, 2011 06:26AM)
Thanks, Barry, staying hydrated is good advice. The Neutrogena product is excellent for daily hand care. Especially in the winter, in a dry climate. I try to remember to use it every day. However, I find it leaves my hands too slippery, when freshly applied. For use when I am actually working with cards, I find the Chamberlain's Golden Touch to work quite well.
Message: Posted by: BarryFernelius (Sep 20, 2011 10:55AM)
FWIW, the Neutrogena product leaves your hands feeling a bit sticky after you apply it. (This is in contrast to most other hand creams that leave your hands feeling slick.) I apply the hand cream after showering. By the time that I'm performing, my hands have just the right amount of moisture. (Because of differences between people's skin, this regime may not work for you. You're going to have to do some experimenting to find a procedure that works for you.)

In case of emergency, I also carry a small spray bottle in my bag that has a mixture of isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, and rose water. Any resemblance between the results obtained by my mixture and Chamberlain's Golden Touch is purely coincidental, of course. :)
Message: Posted by: Woland (Sep 22, 2011 09:04AM)
How did you determine the proportions?
Message: Posted by: BarryFernelius (Sep 22, 2011 09:11AM)
Experimentally. :) I started with a ratio of 1:1:1 of isopropyl alcohol to glycerin to water and made adjustments until I got what I wanted. Fortunately, glycerin, water and alcohol are cheap.
Message: Posted by: Woland (Sep 22, 2011 03:34PM)
Very good.
Message: Posted by: Kingman (Sep 22, 2011 06:19PM)
I have to say that I use the Martin Nash technique. I carry LEE Sortkwik® Fingertip Moisteners and place some behind my ear. When I need to I just do a quick rub with my thumbs and then transfer it to my fingertips with a quick rubbing motion. I have yet to find anything that works as quickly and easily for me.

Message: Posted by: Nikodemus Siivola (Oct 6, 2011 10:12AM)
Bunch of things that haven't been mentioned yet:

1. use a pH neutral hypoallergenic soap -- never a detergent based one. Don't wash with hot or cold water.

2. if you smoke, quit. Skin on my fingers used to literally peel off each winter -- till I quit smoking.

3. exercise. Promotes blood flow in extremities and helps keep your skin healthy.

4. eat a balanced diet. (Avoid excessive amounts of processed oils, caffeine, alcohol, white sugar, and fried foods.)

5. sleep enough. If you don't rest enough your body can't fix itself properly.

Even if it's just your hands that are dry, doing things that help dry skin in general should help the skin on your hands better withstand the abuse from washing, etc.
Message: Posted by: Woland (Oct 7, 2011 01:39PM)
Thurston's method, anyone?
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Oct 7, 2011 11:20PM)
Thurston's, but not followed by card to mouth.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 8, 2011 08:25AM)
I wonder how Thurston had the...substance...collected?
Message: Posted by: Mike Gorman (Oct 14, 2011 11:29PM)
Thanks, lots of stuff to try. I appreciate the ideas.
Message: Posted by: Blueroyalty (Oct 15, 2011 04:43PM)
I actually have the exact opposite problem - really sweaty hands. Had it for years. Almost impossible to do any faro work due to me warping the cards in five minutes :(
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 26, 2011 09:00PM)
Check the topic in "Gaffed and Funky" on this same subject. Some new products are mentioned, one of which, 'O'Keefe's Working Hands" I found to be very good. There were some other products listed that hadn't been talked about too much before, as well.
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Oct 26, 2011 10:04PM)
I'm a "Golden Touch" user, and my results improved exponentially after watching Looy Simonoff apply the stuff. He would spray his hands pretty liberally (4 or 5 full sprays) and then rub it in. Prior to that I had only used it sparingly. Quite a difference!

On another note, has anyone tried the lotion that Dan & Dave are now selling?
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 27, 2011 05:25PM)
At $24.95 a bottle, it might be hard to locate folks who have! :)
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Oct 27, 2011 10:27PM)
Not necessarily. For guys like me that have dry hands, or simply see the value of routine hand maintenance, the quest for the perfect hand products isn't derailed by price, provided that the products lives up to their hype.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 28, 2011 12:52AM)
It will be interesting to see what people have to say about it!
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Oct 31, 2011 08:32AM)
There's the "farmer's lotion", otherwise known as the sweat alongside your nose. I use Corn Husker's and it works for me, but for maintenance use, I use Gold Bond Healing Lotion. I drink plenty of iced tea during the day, so I'm well hydrated.