There is nothing worse than cracking, dry hands in the winter. Not only is the air already super dry, but you're also likely washing your hands more than usual to disinfect from all the flu and cold-causing germs that are floating around. If you haven't been pleased with any of the lotions you have been using to hydrate your hands, perhaps a quick trip to the drugstore is in order. According to celebrity nail artist Betina Goldstein, Burt's Bees Hand Salve is a total game-changer when it comes to keeping your fingers (and any dry spots on your body, really) smooth, soft, and moisturized. And not just for a few minutes or an hour either. Goldstein says this product is so effective, it'll keep your hands soft all day long.
“Burt's Bees Hand Salve is so rich, it can quench the driest of hands and cuticles," Goldstein tells Bustle. Goldstein is on set for big photo shoots almost daily and she always has one in her kit, in place of lotions or hand creams. "I love using it on set because it keeps the talent's hands and cuticles looking great throughout the day with just one application.”
Goldstein says she also likes to use the lotion right before a model's hands are shot, because it really smooths out any lines or cracks — acting almost like a hand "filter."
The all-natural hand salve is made with botanical oils, herbs, and yes, Beeswax. It's made specifically for super dry hands and since it isn't a lotion or cream, but a salve (similar in texture to a balm) it absorbs really quickly into your skin. It also has a light herbal fragrance to it that smells fresh and relaxing.
Goldstein isn't the only one who is a fan of the drugstore salve. The product has received over 225 five-star reviews on the Burt's Bees website. Its reviewers range in age, from teenagers to late sixties, but the resounding critique is that it hydrates quickly and really saves hands from feeling dehydrated and withered, especially for those who have extremely dry or sensitive skin.
"This stuff is magic!" wrote a college student in their review about the product. "I can literally feel it healing my hands when I put it on." Many other reviewers noted that they worked outside a lot, delivering items or working as a gardener or a farmer, and that Burt's Bees Hand Salve makes a huge difference in keeping their skin soft. One user, according to the review left on the website, even uses the product on their acne scars and noticed results.
The product has also received rave reviews on Amazon, with 473 reviews and an average rating of four and a half stars. "I love this hand salve. I use it after bath on my hands and feet, they become very soft. I use it before doing manicure to myself," wrote Sherry, a reviewer on Amazon. "Also, the natural oils and ingredients in it makes me very relaxed during night sleep." It has also received 237 reviews on Target with an average rating of five stars.
While the tin is small (making it easy to throw in your bag and bring with you wherever) it will last you a while, since a little bit of the product goes a long way. "A tin can last me months and I use it every day," says Goldstein.
Perhaps the most exciting part about the product, however — besides the fact that it works wonders — is that it will cost you less than $10 for a tin. Most of the time, you can find the product on sale, scoring it for as low as $7.