May 15, 2013

Gojo Hand Medic - Review

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For the most part my hands look like they belong on someone who is 150 years old. They're usually scratched, cracking, freakishly dry and the cuticles are nothing more than shredded scraps of dead skin. Moisturizing isn't really in my daily program, so my hands tend to stay in disaster format. I'm also in the process of tiling 500 square feet of finished basement, so with all the thinset and water, things have even gotten worse. My hands look almost mummified. A couple weeks ago, Gojo sent us some of their Hand Medic to try out and we tasked it against our nearly destroyed hands. Here's what we thought.

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Off and on we've used skin care products in the past. Our go-to is Bag Balm because we're into the sheepy smell and the old-fashioned naturalness of it all. The drawback is that it leaves a pretty oily finish on our hands so if I put it on and pet the cat, all of a sudden it looks like I'm turning into a werewolf. I've also tried Eucerin, which is heavy-duty, but also oily. Other products have come and gone with varying degrees of success.

So here come Hand Medic. Gojo's product has the consistency of loose yogurt and spreads on the hands very easily. Maybe it's a comment on how dry my hands are, but it absorbs quickly. Best of all, it doesn't leave any gooey film on the hands. The directions say to apply it 3-4 times a day. There's no way I'm going to do that just because I can't handle anything with that kind of regularity. When it comes to this kind of thing, I usually only use it when I need it. Still, Hand Medic delivered some good results. After a hard night of tiling, I woke up with lizard hands and after two applications of Hand Medic, I won't say they were like newborn hands, but they were in much better condition. At least good enough that I didn't feel awkward shaking someone's hand.

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Another thing that I liked about Hand Medic is the 'dude-ness' of it. The packaging isn't all, "you're hands will feel years younger!" or "For the softest hands around!" It's just simple black and white and it's not going to look silly kicking around the cab of my truck. It sort of has the general aesthetic of the Swiss Army Company. Basic and effective. It is also nearly odorless. There's a very slight medicinal smell when you're putting it on, but other than that, nothing. Big improvement over the 'lavender, tropical peach' stuff WOTS (Wife of Tool Snob) is always trying to sell me on.

So I'm a fan and I'd recommend this to anyone with scratchy, parchment paper hands.

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