| When a product does the hard work |
so you don’t have to!
As a writer for an online women’s magazine I often find myself trialling so many different products. For reviews, first impressions, new launches and so forth. It is quite rare I find myself reaching for the same products over and over again.
There are the few, however, the select few, my holy grail items that I simply cannot live without. I have dry, sensitive and red skin, and I struggle to find products that help and not make things worse. When I do, I want to share my discovery with everyone. So today I wanted to take some time to rave about one such item, and one such brand that I LOVE and simply cannot live without.
| ABOUT |
The roots of O’Keeffe’s spans back for more than 20 years. Tara O’Keeffe set out to find a product that would relieve her father’s severely dry, cracked skin. After years of efforts and much trial and error, she developed the basic formula for O’Keeffe’s Working Hands and eventually O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet.
Being the daughter of a labourer, I always noticed that my Dad’s hands bore the brunt of his hard work. O’Keeffe’s working hands always had a place on our bathroom shelf. My Dad would even carry it to work with him in his bait box. So naturally, when I myself experienced dry, cracked, and sore skin, my Dad handed over his old jar O’Keeffe’s working hands. I have been hooked ever since.
The O’Keeffe company is still a family-owned business and despite growing and expanding over the years it has remained true to its original roots. This is something that I really appreciate and I have come to recognise the O’Keeffe’s logo as a trademark for quality.
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| HOW DOES WORKING HANDS WORK? |
In the same way that dry, barren soil needs water, so does rough and dry skin. O’Keeffe’s Working Hands is a unique blend of moisturising ingredients which guarantee to improve dry skin.
It is recommended that you apply a small dab of cream as needed throughout the day. Additionally, it is best to apply the cream after hand washing, bathing, and at bedtime as these are the most effective times to moisturise dry skin!
We use our hands every day, all day! In fact, you probably don’t realise just quite how much. I am sure there are times when you have hurt or cut your hands, and you suddenly become aware of just how much you need and use them. As with all things that are extensively used, it can become damaged. The damage to the skin’s natural barrier can lead to water loss which consequentially creates dry and cracked skin.
O’Keefe’s Working Hands protects the skin from further water loss and further damage whilst drawing moisture into the skin at the same time. The protective barrier seals in moisture and reduces the rate of evaporation.
| DOES IT WORK? |
During my late teenage years and early 20’s, I worked in a kitchen that had extremely strict hand washing regulations! The rules dictated that I wash my hands every 20 minutes! After an 8-10 hour shift, my hands were raw.
I was in so much pain! My hands were cracked and dry and I was really struggling. When my Dad gave me O’Keeffe’s to try I was grateful. and so was my skin. I used it consistently for 3 weeks in the beginning and over that time I noticed some improvements. At the end of the three weeks my hands were perfect and despite continuing my rigorous handwashing regime at work, I no longer experienced the pain I had before.
I have used O’Keeffe’s ever since as part of my daily skincare routine and now my hands remain soft and smooth!
| WHAT I LOVE |
♡ Packaging ♡
The O’Keeffe’s packaging and logo have a vintage vibe to them and I really like that. The iconic style is immediately noticeable. Green is used for Working Hands and blue for Healthy Feet. The colours are bright and vibrant and I think rather funky.
♡ Formula ♡
I love the consistency of Working Hands cream. For some reason it makes me think of Kendal Mint Cake and being a Cumbrian lass myself I find that really appealing. It has an almost crumbly, buttery texture to it. There is no scent to it and it is really gentle on the skin, leaving no residue.
♡ Price ♡
All of O’Keeffe’s products are a fantastic price and the products are generously sized. You don’t need to use a lot of product so it really does go a long way.
♡ It works! ♡
My favourite thing about O’Keeffe’s is that it works! There are no bells, no whistles, no fuss. It just does what it says, and it does it well.
| My Final Thoughts |
Nowadays, there are so many different products on the market, all claiming to be the best. O’Keeffe’s doesn’t claim to be the best with arrogance, but they do guarantee that their products work, and their testimonials speak for themselves.
The company pride themselves on their family atmosphere and hard working products. They see their employees as being their most important asset and they work hard to achieve a healthy work culture centred on core values. They have even been selected as being the top place to work in Cincinnati for 5 years in a row.
So, don’t take my word for it! Go and see for yourselves.