O’Keefe’s Working Hands and Healthy Feet Review

Can dry skin salvation be found in the hardware store?

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The Midwest is a brutal place to live this time of the year. Every winter the snow, cold, and dry air does a number on my skin, especially my hands. Additionally, since I’m a big believer in diligent hand washing during cold and flu season, sometimes it seems like no matter how much I moisturize, my skin is always cracked, dry, and itchy. So, trust me when I say, O’Keeffe’s Working Hands moisturizer has been the absolute skin savior this winter! And if you’re like me and also suffer from dry, cracked feet, luckily, O’Keeffe’s makes a Healthy Feet moisturizer as well.

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Created over 25 years ago in the kitchen of pharmacist Tara O’Keeffe, the Working Hands cream ($7.99) was originally designed as a solution for her rancher father’s severe dry skin. Now, this amazing hand cream is available at hardware stores and pharmacies everywhere.

While it seems a bit odd to purchase your skin moisturizer at the hardware store, once you try it you’ll understand why. This product is seriously effective and aimed at people who work with their hands, but gentle enough for all skin types, so even if you aren’t rough on your hands, you’ll still love how great this product is.

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I used the Working Hands moisturizer in the morning and at night, usually after a shower when my skin was most absorbent, and the results were swift and astounding! In just a few days my skin had completely transitioned from horribly dry and cracked to smooth and soft again.

Because the formula uses glycerin as a way to draw moisture rather than oil based ingredients that can actually repel moisturizer, O’Keeffe’s is very lightweight and works easily into the skin without leaving a heavy greasy residue. Plus, it’s really concentrated so a little goes a long way. Bonus: you can totally use it on other parts of your body as well; face, elbows, and legs…it works great all over.

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Even though the Working Hands moisturizer worked so well, I was still a bit skeptical of the Healthy Feet ($7.99) since I’ve tried many foot products with very little result. But this stuff did not disappoint! Just like the Working Hands, after only a few days I saw terrific results.

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I followed the suggested directions of applying on my feet after exfoliating, and at night after a shower, and now my feet are baby soft. The Healthy Feet formula contains a bit more Allantoin in order to absorb into the thicker skin of the feet, and did a superb job of fixing my cracked heels. No more feeling embarrassed about my feet – hooray.

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So the next time you stop by the hardware store to pick up some paint or a new drill bit, grab a tub of O’Keeffe’s Working Hands and Healthy Feet for some serious skin salvation!

Readers – have you discovered the miracle O’Keefe’s creams while strolling the hardware aisles?

Kari is a Minneapolis based artist who drinks too much coffee and enjoys taking pictures of the strange foods she eats. She’s always running 10 minutes behind despite her clock being an hour fast. You can find her musings on art, music and food at her blog, Tuna Fish Casserole.

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    lyssachelle

    This is a great reminder that wonderful products can be found in places others than Sephora! (Not that I don’t love me some Sephora…)
    I especially love this because it’s something I could probably get my alpha male husband to use without whining about the froufrou smell or greasy feeling left behind by my usual lotions or creams.

    Thanks for the review, @kari! Maybe this should start a new series, “Beauty at the Home Depot!” :-)

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      gigi

      Laughing aloud here–I don’t know whether my “alpha male” complains more about his raggedy skin or the products I give him to help it!

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    gigi

    Just WHAT I need exactly WHEN I need it! This winter has been particularly cruel to my hands and those of my husband. We’ve been layering creams and covering with white cotton gloves (highly romantic, to be sure!). This looks like the answer to the rough, cracked skin we’ve endured. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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      kari

      Oh, your poor husband! I too had moments of bleeding the cracking was so bad. This totally helps so your husband should have relief soon. Side note: don’t be surprised if this stings a little at first! O’Keeffe’s even mentions that stinging is normal in the beginning on severely damaged skin. But after a few days of using this your skin will be in waaaaay better condition.

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    kari

    I should also mention that these don’t have a scent. They just sort of smell like…very plain lotion. If that makes any sense. :)

    Great absorption, no smell, no greasy feeling…this stuff is FANTASTIC. It’s no frills but super effective!

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    mandabear

    I must try these two! I didn’t start to experience “winter” skin until the last few years. I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old. I also have dry cuticles! If I skip a day of moisturizing my dry cuticles, they get so terrible, I hate it :( I’ll be on the lookout for this stuff at my hardware store!

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    Amanda

    I saw this in the drug store the other day, I should have purchased a tub! My hands are shredded from multiple washes (diaper changes with a squirmy baby get messy!) and the brutal cold of winter. And don’t even get me started on my heels! I’m going back to that drugstore ASAP and grabbing a tub. Thanks @Kari !

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    Mel

    I did not test this for WHT, but actually bought it about a month ago after seeing it at the cash register at good ol Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It couldn’t have been at that register at a better time because my hands were actually cracked and a little bloody in spots too from the harsh midwest winter and constant hand washing. The salesman said it’s very popular with mechanics – many say it’s the only thing that works on their harshly treated hands apparently. Well, it works absolute wonders. I’ve been using it pretty religously and my cracks are completely gone. The consistency reminds me of Crisco, but it soaks in very well – almost immediately – no residue, no scent. Just an amazing product. For $7, it’s an absolute steal and I’m a definite 5 star user!

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    gigi

    Kari, great job! As I wrote to you, it worked wonders immediately! We were taken aback by the lack of scent, but it coats hands and protects them from the elements, water, etc. It’s a miracle!!! Thank you, thank you!

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