Camille Beckman: Moisturized Hands and Philanthropy in One!Monday, December 19, 2011
Well, not really. Especially for those of us in hand washing intensive occupations (like my ICU), a hand cream can really be a great skin saver. The soap we use in the hospital can be pretty intense, so I count myself lucky if I can find a lotion to counteract its moisture stripping effects until my next hand washing, let alone through one or two washings.
Enter Camille Beckman. This little brand has been around for over 25 years, and you've likely seen them at a gift shop near you. They have a huge array of products and scents. To me, the stand out product is the Glycerine Hand Therapy.
Glycerine Hand Therapy is a rich hand lotion with a high glycerine base (which acts as both an emollient and a humectant, see my moisturizer post for more info). You can feel it sinking in right away, though thankfully it doesn't leave behind a greasy mess. (This greasy mess is very important to avoid if you're going to be putting gloves on and off all day long, just FYI.) It can last through a couple hand washings as well.
I brought my Camille Beckman hand lotions in to work one day and my friends (aka- the PICU nurses) did swarm around them! They tried out all of the scents, though it seemed liked the most universally loved was my favorite, Peaceful Olive.
I shouldn't end this post without mentioning Camille Beckman's philanthropy. They run a foundation that helps support a huge number of charitable foundations, such as International Children’s Surgical Foundation (ICSF), to help repair cleft lips and cleft palates in developing countries.