Quick Tip for Chapped Hands

If you’re like me you spend a lot of time with your hands in water.  Whether rinsing out brushes, sponges and rollers or using various wet techniques to wash backgrounds.  The combination of water and dry winter air can make for some pretty rough skin; what the commercials of the 1950’s called “dishpan hands”. In the spring, I’m also an obsessive gardener and the wet dirt isn’t much easier on the hands.  It seems like no amount of hand lotion helps. One thing that has helped my hands over the years is a product called “Bag Balm”.  Designed in the 1890’s to heal cracked udders on milking cows, it soon found its way into the kitchen and a host of other places.  I haven’t the foggiest idea how it works, but it does and that small green can will last forever.

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