My ancestors did not come from here and my pale thin skin is not best suited to the tropics. Because most people here have very strong skin, I am doubly cursed. Not only do I need the help of oils and cremes galore, there are none in the pharmacies here rich enough for me.
This week was hard on hands. I got accidentally covered in paint stripper, have been grooming with my bare hands, riding and working my new horse in the rain and sorting through lots of drying paper.
So, today I made my own hand creme: Started by melting some of my favorite soft and hard oils, added some beeswax and honey and hey presto......it is really good. So good, it will have to be kept in the fridge to prevent it from becoming a growing medium.
Rich, moisturizing and a great barrier for the elements. Hands feel soft and supple with a slight smell of coconut and honey and my fridge is packed with jars of hand creme. A little goes a long way.