A Simple Inexpensive Winter Treatment for Dry, Cracked Fingertips!

Doodle T and Me!
by Doodle T and Me!
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Ah, the Winter. The First Blast of Cold Air and My Fingertips Crack and Bleed. Every Single Year.

It's Painful and Not Pretty.

It seems no amount of Moisturizing Creams and Lotions Help...

I've Tried Many Skincare Products...Fancy Luxury Skincare Lines to Drugstore Bargains, and Always the Same Results....

My Fingertips Crack and Bleed when the Temperatures Dip.

The Creams do work to Moisturize My Hands...But as the Temperatures Dip, the area around the Nails begin to Crack and sometimes the Cracks Run Deep.

Oh So Painful...

I Can't Bear Another Cracked Skin Season, So I tried Applying a Simple, Inexpensive Menthol Ointment to my Hands.

At Night. And Again in the Morning.

Menthol Ointment has been Used Forever to Help with Coughs and Congestion...as a Skin Care Treatment...Hmm...Let's See!

Here is Day One...Before the First Application...Even Touching a Sparkly Christmas Ornament is Painful...

I Rubbed the Menthol Ointment on my Hands and Fingertips.

Not a Lot. Just a Dollop. And I Carefully Worked it into my Skin.

Menthol Ointment...Vicks VapoRub...Amazon LINK.

At Night. And Again in the Morning.

After working in the ointment, wearing gloves can help to speed up the healing...but I kept it simple...no gloves.

The Ointment goes on Greasy...but the Ointment Quickly Penetrates the Skin...The Menthol Scent is Soothing and the Ointment Feels both Cool and then Warm...

Day 2 of Using the Menthol Ointment...

Applying Pressure to the Fingertip is Not as Painful and the Crack is Healing...

Day Three of Applying Ointment.

The Fingertip is Properly Healing. Application 2 times each day...at Night and in the Morning.

And Finally, Day 4...Almost Healed.

I am Continuing this Simple Treatment throughout the Winter.

At Night and in the Morning.

Using Menthol Ointment is Working to Heal and Ward Off Dry, Cracking Skin.

Hopefully, it will work as a Preventive Measure...

I'll Let You Know How My Fingertips Fare Come Spring.

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For All the Magic...Jeanne of Doodle T and Me!

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  • Doodle T and Me! Doodle T and Me! on Feb 21, 2024

    Hi Paul. Good to know...but what about the smell? Thanks for your comment. Jeanne of Doodle T and Me!

    • MariaG MariaG on Feb 24, 2024

      Doodle T and Me, I’m Puerto Rican and I use Vicks for everything! Headache coming on? Rub a bit on your temples. Coughing keeps you awake? Rub some on the bottom of your feet, put on cotton socks and enjoy your sleep. And it softens my feet so I know this will work for cracks in hands. Thanks

  • Ursala Ursala on May 06, 2024

    I’m no Dr but dry skin that lotion doesn’t seem to quench and vertical ridges on your nails can also be a sign of hypothyroidism. It could only be dry skin, but it could be much more. It’s worth bringing up to your doctor.

    -someone with hypothyroidism