Beware: I have no medical training .. just sharing info I’ve discovered and adding links for you to do your own research!
While using the silk threads, my hands/nails/cuticles have been snagging on the threads. I use hand cream and lotions often but my hands spend way too much time in dish water and with this cold weather, soon there will be cracks, bleeding and I’ll be using New Skin (liquid bandage) to patch the holes.
As we’ve been unpacking, I come across interesting things and one was a new, never been opened box containing a bottle of vegetable glycerin. That was purchased when I was planning to make some kind of skin ointment or lotion and that never happened. I stuck it in my bathroom cabinet but yesterday, as my skin was snagging my thread, I remembered the glycerin. Remembering that I see it listed on almost every ingredient list for skin care products, I wondered what would happen if I used it directly on my hands. A Google search made me feel it was safe to use and I found a few recipes for making skin care products.
Last night when I got out of the shower, I missed a few drops of water with the glycerin, rubbed it onto my cracked heels, put on a pair of loose wool socks and slept in those. My feet felt so much softer this morning. I added more glycerin/water and put the socks back on.
But, my hands . . that was the amazing difference. I’m not stitching with silk threads today but I ran a little piece of thread I’d cut off last night across my fingers and . . no snagging. I can see from looking at my hands under the magnifying light that they look so much better – not so much like working hands! I don’t think anyone would look at my hands today and think . . she needs to take better care of her skin!
I read one article that said mixing the glycerin with rose water would help hydrate the skin and I remembered that the health food store where I once shopped and pushed rose water for the face so I ordered a bottle of rose water and will try mixing that with the glycerin.
It is a sticky, almost syrupy product, or at least that’s how the bottle I have feels. I wouldn’t put it on my hands just before starting to cross stitch but for the benefit, I can put it on and sit for half an hour and let it all soak in. I do have some white cotton disposable gloves I bought for something. I may try putting those on tonight with a thicker coating and see how my hands feel in the morning.
I also used the glycerin/water mixture on my neck and will report back on how that’s working out.
Oh . . I almost forgot the best part. My hair! The heat, the wind, the cold outside, plus desperately needing a haircut, my hair was looking so dry and “fly away”. Last night when I got out of the shower, I put a drop, about the size of a match head, in my hand and rubbed it into my wet hair. I usually go to bed with my hair wet so it’s a sight you do not want to see when I get up but I used the curling iron on it this morning, hoping it wasn’t going to feel greasy and sticky. While I doubt it truly helped improve the condition of my hair, it surely made it more manageable and it doesn’t look so dead and dry today. I was pretty impressed with that.
Anyway . . I thought it was worth sharing. I’m not putting any links because I don’t want this to sound like a commercial but Amazon does have it, along with some of the “mix ins” I ordered.