Q. I have always had a problem with dry hands in the winter. The skin on my hands dries out, splits and peels off time and again. Ten years ago a co-worker told me about Bag Balm. (I later read in a magazine that it was a well kept beauty secret. As a male I don’t worry about the beauty part.)

It can be purchased in a 10-oz tin at most feed supply stores for use on cows’ udders. It has an antiseptic in it and works great on dry split hands.

A. Bag Balm is an old-fashioned farmers’ favorite that can help moisturize human hands as well as cows’ udders. Another such product is Bova Cream, found at co-op farm stores.

We discuss barnyard beauty aids and other effective hand moisturizers in our Guide to Skin Care.

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  1. Darice T.

    Bag Balm also worked wonders for my son’s diaper rash.

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