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Helping Hands: McBlooms Skin Therapy Extremely Rich Cream

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Chronically dry hands have a hometown hero in McBlooms Skin Therapy Extremely Rich Cream ($15 CAN). With its roots in helping gardening-rough skin, McBlooms launched Extremely Rich several years ago, then a fragrance-free version; both have become cult hits for the Canadian brand.

Formulated with glycerin, aloe vera, and green tea, rosemary and thyme extracts, and Vitamins A and E, Extremely Rich is popular with gardeners, of course, and folks in the healthcare industry, especially nurses and other staff who wash their hands a lot. The cream soothes and softens parched, cracked skin, and protects even through washing. Especially in cold, mean-to-hands weather, I like to keep a mini tube ($2) of the original cream in my bag (I love the subtle scent, which McBlooms calls "green, mossy and flower-shop fresh).

Tip: best to apply hand cream to slightly damp skin, so rinse hands and pat away excess moisture before lotioning up.

McBlooms Skin Therapy is available at select boutiques, Indigo Books and, 1-877-79-bloom.