These days, no one returns home, much less touches their face, without first scrubbing their hands clean. Pandemic life has turned us all into serial hand-washers and our skin is definitely paying the price. If your hands have been red and raw since March, I am pleased to say that help is on the way.
But first, this is no ordinary recommendation. Instead, it comes to you with a wealth of experience: I have spent nearly every winter of my life with painful, cracked knuckles, hopelessly looking to lotion to solve all my troubles. This is a genetic trait I have apparently passed down to my 6-year-old, who once adopted a lengthy nighttime routine of slathering her hands in lotion and stuffing them into socks for sleeping.
In short, wintertime has always been a frustrating and fairly painful experience from the wrists down–that is until I stumbled upon the world’s most decadent, healing hand soap. As it turns out, the key to curing wintertime woes is not expensive lotions, but sudsing up with the right stuff: A La Maison de Provence.
I promise you, I am not overreacting when I say this is a game-changer. Pure wizardry. A couple of washes with this soap and my hands are not only back to looking like human hands–but they are also left super soft and comfortable. A La Maison comes in a pretty wide variety of natural fragrances; is available in liquid and bar form; and is paraben, phthalate, and cruelty-free. Formulated with vegetable glycerin, argan oil, and essential oils, this traditionally French-milled soap is like gold in my house. And in a time when pandemic life intersects with the germiness of parenting, finding a good hand soap is something worth celebrating.