Uses & Tips for Uncle Earl’s Hand Healing Soap
Bar: Wet your hands and grab the bar. Roll it in your hands a few times, or rub using one hand on the other. Only a few passes are needed to generate a healthy layer of lather. Put the bar down and rub the lather in. The more time you rub the better. (Proceed to Wash section.)
Liquid: Wet your hands and pump a small amount (it's concentrated) into your palm. Rub it about, generating a healthy amount of lather. Rub the lather in and the dirt out, the more the better. Wash off as indicated above. (Proceed to Wash section.)
Foam: The foam contains a higher water content, and therefore you have more options. You can wet your hands before putting foam on them, as you would when using the liquid. Or you can use the foam without added water (useful by the tool box), squirting some on your hands, rubbing your hands well, and then toweling off the excess. Many people use the foam without using water to wash the soap off, and this appears to have no bad affects. (Proceed to Wash section.)
Wash off the lather under a stream of warm water quickly, taking one or two passes. Once the lather is gone, you should have a good slick layer left on your hands. This is what we want. Let your hands air dry, or dab dry with a towel. Or do this experiment. Leave your hands wet, count the seconds after you finish washing your hands. Depending on how dry your hands are to start with, the slick layer will be absorbed. Your hands are now 'squeaky clean' but still wet. Dry them normally now. How long it takes the slick layer to be absorbed depends on the health of your skin – the faster it sinks in, the drier your hands were to begin with.
Experiment: We encourage you to do what works best for you. And if you discover something we haven't seen yet – please tell us!
How it works: Our formula pumps moisture into your skin through a process called osmosis. The water and water-containing compounds are in the lubricating layer left behind during and after washing. (read more)
Indications for Use
Like any good mechanic, Earl would confirm and evaluate the customer's problem before taking any actions himself. You do the same thing. You have hard working hands, but do you really have a problem caused by chemically imbalanced soaps and abrasive cleaners?
Check the pads of your fingers by running them along a sheer surface, like a knitted sweater or silk or nylon. If they pull and sound like sandpaper that means you have a lot of peeling epidermis – like a file has sharp edges to grind material away.
Check the surface of the back of your hand and fingers, especially the knuckles. Skin has a convoluted grain, like an alligator, that helps it stretch and spring back into shape as our bodies move. If you can see white outlines that define that grain fairly easily, your skin is very dry. When healthy, those valleys are filled with moisture that keeps their color the same as the adjacent peaks.
Check your cuticles, those areas of the skin that are next to your nails. In extreme cases, when your hands are very dry, your cuticles will pull away from your nails, and in some cases, develop deep cracks that can become tender or even bleed.
Finally, check your hand's moisture content by rubbing your finger tips together and listening. This is the most refined test, and takes a good ear. The more moisture your hands contain, the better able they are to absorb sound, meaning quieter fingertips.
|These hands have an extreme case of dermatitis. (read more)
Why is moisture important?
Our bodies, and every one of our cells are made to work optimally with a certain amount of moisture within them. Like an engine needs a certain level of oil, or a plant needs a certain amount of rain and sunlight, our bodies simply work better when our fluid levels are 'topped off.' (read more)
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