It never ceases to amaze me how every moment in my day is accounted for. So anything I can do to make something go the littlest bit faster is great. I have begun using Dr. Bronner’s lip balm for a quick treatment on hands. With the countless times per day that I wash my hands, they crack often. My skin’s latest habit is to form snags that catch on laundry or diapers. I usually have a tube of the lip balm handy in my pocket, or at least in the cup holder of my van. I can super-quick whip it out and apply it to my hands as I’m on the move.

The lip balm is made up of the same ingredients as the body balm, but in different concentrations. The result is that the lip balm is harder than the body balm. It forms a tough barrier over rough skin and stays on the hard skin. Since it’s not greasy, it doesn’t rub off if I brush against something. It can even last through the next hand-washing or two.

This also works great on my sons’ cheeks and chins. They always are more chapped there than on their lips. I dab on some lip balm as I drop them off for school in the morning and before they go to bed at night.

When I do have a moment to sit down, when it looks like the next hand-washing is a while away (in other words, when they’re all asleep at the end of the day), I work the body balm into my hands, massaging it in deeply, adding as much as I can. Ideally, the next step is to don cotton gloves or socks over the body balm and go to bed.