Get Soft Now Smooth hands instantly with this concoction from Dr. Karcher: Combine 1/2 cup dry oatmeal with 1/4 cup water and massage the mix into palms and fingers, focusing on knuckles and cuticles. Rinse and then rub in a cream that's packed with water-trapping petrolatum, such as nongreasy Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Hand Cream ($5.99, drugstores).
Stay Smooth Forever Constant sun exposure makes hands vulnerable to dryness, so use an SPF-enriched lotion like Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Age Shield Hand Cream SPF 30 ($5.69, drugstores) daily. Other enemies: hot water and harsh soaps. Look for cream-based cleansers that are free of soap and fragrance. We suggest Kiss My Face Fragrance Free Liquid Moisture Soap ($6.50, kissmyface.com).
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