My fix for abused hands is also a real treat: raw cacao butter, the
pure oil of the cacao bean.
Heated slightly, allowed to cool for just a bit and applied with a
soft brush, this is a sublime, exotic winner for me. No additives, it
smells like chocolate and works like a charm! It comes in a block,
just as it was poured into a container in Equador!
This is no deodorized coco butter, cut with chemicals. This is
absolutely pure, low heat processed cocoa butter. You can also use
it in cooking. The scent of the warmed liquid makes me smile and it
really heals the hands. Here's a web page that has more to say:
http://www.rawfood.com/ and click on cacao butter.
In Britain: http://www.detoxyourworld.com/acatalog/cacao_butter.html
No affiliation, just love this stuff! (and I thought pure, raw
coconut butter was the best, but this is even better!)
PS: also, Skin Food by Weleda is great and it comes in a tube if the
idea of painting warm chocolate oil on you digits frightens you