At Last, A Lotion for Rugged Hands


Face it — your wife’s smelly “hand cream” does absolutely nothing for your callouses, nails, or cracked skin. For $14, Beckman’s Original Basics for Men Ultimate Tough Skin Relief can be yours, and you’ll be damn glad you gave it a try.

Here’s a few reasons we dig the stuff. For one, the compact tube will last a long time (read: a little dab goes a long way). Second, healing ingredients like almond oil, aloe, and vitamin E work in unison to repair itchy, flaky, parched skin. Third, and perhaps most importantly, if you’re typically not into hand lotion, the notes here of cedar, leather, coriander, and more will likely rival your favorite cologne. None of that girly or floral crap here. Best of all, this lotion doesn’t simply repair dry spots — knuckles, we’re looking at you — with regular use, it helps prevent them in the first place. 

Camille Beckman has been making skin products for more than 30 years, and her Original Basics line of men’s skin care products aims to provide intense healing with the greasy aftermath. Try the travel size ($7 at Amazon).

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