Disclosure: I received complimentary Zim’s products to try so I could share my opinions in this post. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.
I have always had the worst time in the winter dealing with dry, red, cracked, irritated, and sometimes bleeding hands. Whenever the furnace needs to be turned on due to cold weather, I can count on my battle with dry hands beginning. I can remember one time when I was little, my grandpa joking that I get “old woman” hands during the winter. Not cool for a 10 year old girl to be told she has old grandma hands 🙂
Above you can see my dry cracked hands. Usually it is much worse, but we have had a pretty mild winter so far.
It seemed like nothing I have tried helped my poor hands. Over the years, I have tried a lot of different brands of lotion with minimal relief. I only found a couple of lotions that actually brought me some relief, but those had to be applied frequently during the day. With as many times as I wash my hands during the day (I cook nearly everything from scratch so I am constantly washing my hands), it gets to be a hassle to re-apply it 6 or 7 times a day.
Fortunately this winter so far has been mild so my hands haven’t hit the cracked and bleeding stage yet. However I am sure they will get to that point in the near future when winter weather returns with a vengeance. However, even with the 40 and 50 degree weather, the furnace has been running a little bit and my hands are still dry – needing regular application of lotion.
So when I was approached about trying out Zim’s Max Crack Creme, I readily agreed to give it a try to see how it worked on my “old woman” hands.
Zim’s Crack Creme was developed by a pharmacist 60 years ago to give cement workers relief from their dry cracked hands. It is ideal for using on the dry skin on hands, feet, elbows, and knees. It is herb based and softens and moisturizes dry cracked skin.
I was sent both Zim’s Max Crack Creme ~ Creamy Daytime Formula and Zim’s Max Crack Creme ~ Original Liquid Formula to try. Both versions of their Max Crack Creme contain healing Arnica. You might remember that last summer I tried out Zim’s Max Arnica and was impressed with how well it worked for soothing aches and pains.
The liquid Max Crack Creme also contains myrcia oil, while the creamy daytime formula uses aloe vera. I keep an aloe plant on hand for soothing sunburns so I am well aware of the healing properties of aloe. One thing I love about Zim’s products is that they are all natural, so I don’t have to worry about putting harmful chemicals on my body.
I tried the Zim’s Max Crack Creme Creamy Daytime Formula first. It has a light pleasant scent. I can’t quite place it exactly, but to me, it smells of flowers, herbs, and the tiniest bit citrus. At any rate, the scent is quite light and I didn’t notice it except for immediately after application.
The creamy daytime formula was thick compared to some other lotions I have tried, and it was easy to rub into my skin. After application, my hands were smooth with no greasy after feel. I was quite impressed to discover that one application lasted through several hand washings.
The Zim’s Max Crack Creme Original Liquid Formula had a different scent than the lotion. It was also light and pleasant though. I wasn’t quite sure how well it would work since you only have to use a couple of drops. I am firmly entrenched in the “thicker is better” camp when it comes to lotion 🙂 So I was surprised that the liquid worked just as well as the creamy daytime formula.
Above you can see an after shot. The cracking is gone and my skin is much smoother!
I was quite impressed with both versions of Zim’s Max Crack Creme. I have been using them for awhile now and it has resulted in much smoother skin on my hands and relief from the cracking and itchiness that I usually experience in the winter. I have found also that I haven’t had to apply it with the same frequency that I do other lotions ~ maybe only a couple of times a day versus other lotions that I had to reapply after every hand washing.
If you deal with dry cracked skin on your hands during the winter, I encourage you to give Zim’s Max Crack Creme a try.
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