I use Gold Bond men’s lotion at work, and Lubriderm men’s lotion at home. I can’t believe the number of guys who come up and use my lotion. I work in a heavy equipment shop, and these guys actually like not having their hands cracking and bleeding all over the place. Imagine that!
@evilstan60 Great stuff; I used it for years and then gave it to my wife who washed her hands a lot when she worked in day care, and she loved it. She no longer had cracked and bleeding hands after using it.
"A lotion is a low-viscosity topical preparation intended for application to the skin. By contrast, creams and gels have higher viscosity, typically due to lower water content. Lotions are applied to external skin with bare hands, a brush, a clean cloth, or cotton wool."Wikipedia
I say “lotion” – someone else might say “toe mah toe”, depends on the viscosity.
Note that aloe is listed as a main ingredient in some “lotions”.
@hchavers I’ve already verged on sunburn twice, last couple of weeks, from lawn mowing. Red on arms, face, and neck, but not enough to blister or peel. (Surprised me both times. – I guess I should know better.)
I’ve always had super dry skin, recently i’ve been using Kiehls body lotion from kiehls.com, the liter size with the pump lasts me for about a year. I douse myself while i’m still damp from the shower and it’s great!
Five decades on this earth, and I still have no idea why people feel compelled to grease themselves up with this type of product. It seems like a solution for a problem I’ve never experienced, and don’t understand.
I might get chapped lips every couple of years if I have a cold in winter; there’s chapstick or blistex for that. But all these people talking about how their skin cracks and gets dry or crumbly when it’s cold or hot or dry… what is that? Does this ever happen to people who haven’t already used skin grease habitually? Does their skin stop making natural oils (and if so, WHY)? Is this exclusively for heavy makeup users that have some weird skin dynamic already in motion? A couple of times a year, someone insists that I should try some skin or face grease, wipes it on me, and then gets upset if they find out I scrubbed it off later because it feels so utterly slimy. Not being sarcastic, I just don’t get it.
@jespensc I have x-linked ichthyosis, and it was clearly visible from the moment I was born. So my whole body looks similar to this without lotion, and only somewhat better with frequent applications.
My back usually looks terrible since it’s hard to apply moisturizers there. Sometimes I’ll ask my wife or even my kids to do it, but I know they don’t like to.
There are a lot of commercials on lately about treatments for psoriasis, which is great for them, but there is still no good treatment options for ichthyosis other than frequently applying lots of creams and lotions.
Even with treatment there are still self-image and intimacy issues. I take my daughters swimming and to water parks all the time, and people notice and make comments when they think you can’t hear them.
4+ decades on this earth, and I still deal with skin issues every single day of my life. And I am amazed and terrifically envious of people who are ignorant of such things.
@jespensc You just have good genetics for dry air. I don’t have any skin conditions, as far as I know, but my skin dries up and starts cracking every winter unless I use lotion, and I live in a humid state with mild winters.
I know I’m not just habituated to lotions because I never used them the first two decades of my life. I just dealt with it.
@zachdecker Ouch, I get it. Of course there are medical issues, genetic conditions, and the like – shit happens, real life happens. I have some pretty weird pigmentation issues myself as a result of subdermal infections from an accident some years ago(reminder to self: pass on the next contract working in IT in public health labs that do pathogen research) and also get stares and unpleasant comments when people think you can’t hear. But in my case it’s just aesthetic. You clearly have an actual reason.
But what utterly boggles me is that the vast majority of the market for this stuff are The Beautiful People™. People who have clear, smooth, supple skin, who slather this shit on like it’s the blood of virgins and will keep them from aging, or somehow make the water bead up and roll off their face like a rain-x windshield. Young folks who had no perceptible problems to begin with. People who feel like elbows shouldn’t be crinkly (that would be weird, like erasing a bellybutton).
The pandemic has made this even more prominent, imho – I see many MANY people who are heavy skin product and cosmetic users …who look positively radiant right now, because they stopped using these things while stuck at home under quarantine orders. Did they need them in the first place?
My legs get super dry and itchy in the winter. It didn’t happen until the last few years. I’ve even changed body wash for the winter since others make it worse. But I don’t regularly use lotion. I don’t think about it unless I’m itchy. I do have some eczema, and same thing, I only use the lotion if it’s bothering me. I know if I got in a habit of applying it daily it probably wouldn’t bother me as much, but I just don’t think about it.
Body lotion… no
Hand lotion… on occasion.
As a nurse I go thru dozens of pairs of gloves in a shift, with the inherent hand washing to go with it.
On my off week it is not uncommon for me to work outside for 8 plus hours of digging, planting, carpentry, mechanical, maintenance or concrete work. At the end of the day, my go to hand lotion is:
It is the only thing I have found that gets absorbed as fast as I apply it and doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. I mainly use it to keep from ‘rubbing the missus’ the wrong way when my hands are rough…
Bonus fact… they carry the 2 oz tube at the local Dollartree!