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Lip Therapy Balm Breakdown

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In the winter, we make extra effort in caring for our skin. We stock up on hand creams and lip balms as the weather gets colder, most of us without taking a glance at the ingredient list. Here at Outdoor Hands, we use organic oils and botanical extracts for all of our products. But what is in those oils and extracts that make it work so well? In our Lip Therapy Balm Breakdown, we’ll tell you!

 

The Ingredients

Coconut oil is one of the key ingredients in our Lip Therapy Balm. It’s full of antioxidants, so it eliminates dead skin cells and nourishes it. Because it is absorbed into the skin so quickly, it starts repairing damaged skin at a faster rate.

Shea butter is another main ingredient and a natural fatty acid, which adds richness and aids in treating cracks and dryness in the skin. It can also improve skin conditions such as eczema and the itch and redness that is associated with it. (That’s why we’ve got it in our Skin Therapy Cream too.)  

 

Our customers say that what differentiates Lip Therapy Balm from other lip products is that it lasts, and they don’t have to keep reusing it frequently throughout the day. That was the goal when creating our product, because when you’re working hard, the last thing you want to do is take time to tend to your chapped lips every half hour.

 

I bought this [Lip Therapy Balm] at a local country store. My lips were so chapped that I needed something different than the usual stuff at the drugstore (that I have to keep applying). Lip Therapy is so good that I only use it every other day.” – Joan, Amazon Review

 

To lock that nourishment and moisture from the coconut oil and shea butter in, we added beeswax to the mix. Also known as cera alba, beeswax is another one of our main ingredients. It creates a layer over the skin to protect the added moisture and seals it in, and one of the reasons one ½ oz. tube lasts all winter!

 

We’ve got a pretty lengthy ingredient list of oils and extracts, all of which bring play a role in keeping your skin refreshed and smooth. To view the rest of our ingredients, click here and on the product you’d like to view.
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Why Outdoor Hands Makes the Best Stocking Stuffer

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Our customers love Outdoor Hands, especially this time of year. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for the whole family, because no one likes dry skin or cracked lips. See what our customers have to say about our winter favorites:

“After filling everyone else’s Christmas stocking, you’ll actually want to keep a bottle of this one for yourself.” – Mitzi Smith, Written Reality 

“This hand cream is not greasy or slimy like other lotions. Allows your hands to heal for the stresses of the outdoors and the winter weather. Great for those who work with their hands, and those whose hands take a beating from hand sanitizers, chemicals, etc.” – Walgreens Review

“Many hand soaps and detergents dry my skin. Outdoor Hands is effective, long lasting, and has little odor. I’m sensitive to perfumes and fragrances, Outdoor Hands is perfect for men and women who want a product that relieves dry skin without perfumes, fancy packaging or exotic ingredients. It just works.” – Jon, drugstore.com

While our Skin Therapy Cream works anywhere you have dry or cracked skin, you can’t forget to take care of your lips. Lip Therapy Balm alleviates chapped lips and fits perfectly in a stocking, too!

“Used this nightly throughout the winter and had no problem with chapped lips. Product works great… I recommend it and will purchase more in the future.” – D., Amazon

“One of my favorite lip balms! I’m out in the cold often and my lips tend to crack in the corners and get chapped easy, this stuff not only helps heal, but also protects. For the past year, I haven’t had any chap or cracking issues with daily use! Great, GREAT stuff!” – Brian, Amazon

Last but not least, we even got approval from Santa Claus on Facebook.

One stop shop for your stocking stuffers here. Get your Skin Therapy Cream or Lip Therapy Balm for the whole family, and free shipping when you spend over $30!  Happy holidays!

Celebrate Healthy Skin Month and Use Outdoor Hands!

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November is Healthy Skin Month, perhaps in preparation for winter weather coming up. Our Skin Therapy Cream is made with organic oils and botanical extracts, so it keeps your skin moisturized throughout the day, even after washing your hands. How is our cream different than the others out there? See what our customers have to say:

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This is a fantastic cream that absorbs quickly and keep your hands feeling softer longer. It makes you feel like you are donning invisible gloves that will protect your hands for hours.” – Anonymous, Online Review

“I’ve had trouble with cracked fingers for many years now. I’ve tried a number of products, including vaseline, etc. (can’t recall the names of all I’ve tried.) For about 2 years now I’ve been using Amlactin, which seemed to work well, but I’m still experiencing split skin at my finger tips. I decided to give Outdoor Hands Intense Healing Cream a try, and found that it worked better than any other creams or lotions I’ve tried so far. After about two weeks use, the cracks on my finger tips have completely gone away.” – Greg, California, Online Review

Healthy Skin Month is not only about educating people on how to protect skin all year long. It’s also to spread awareness for more serious skin conditions. Our Skin Therapy Cream provides relief from eczema and psoriasis and the pain, itch, and redness that comes with it. We love hearing of how we’ve helped our customers who are living with serious skin conditions!

My fiancé has played havoc for the last two years trying to control a skin condition that doctors say is genetic and one of the worst cases they have seen in a very long time. He has always had beautiful skin but with his 48th birthday came this problem. He was covered from the top of his head to his feet in oozing sores and rashes that promised to be the next crisis. Severe Eczema was his diagnosis and it has sent us to the emergency room many times over the last two years because it would turn to staph almost overnight. We have been to doctor after doctor and they all said that he would battle this for the rest of his life. We’ve tried creams and ointments of all kinds, prescriptions as well as over the counter and nothing gave him relief. I made a frenzied search to find something that would at least help with his dry skin if not the issue at hand. One day I happened upon a local store, “LOST CREEK” in our hometown of Mineola, TX and the sales person told me that she used this product called “OUTDOOR HANDS; TOUGH not ROUGH.” It is the only thing we’ve been able to use that didn’t irritate the problem worse, so we’ve be loyal patrons ever since. The amazing thing is that his skin has cleared up 75/80 percent better and we’ve only been using it for about three months. Wish you could package it in tubs! We can’t think of anything else that could’ve been more a blessing for his upcoming 50th birthday, Thank you.” – Lynn, Online Review

“This stuff is amazing. I have eczema on my hands. And it is an awful skin condition. Relief is very hard to come by. But when I tried this cream that my good friend had for her extreme dry hands, I was just amazed. I put it on once, and my hands were just brought back to life. It was like an instant cure. I couldn’t get my hand on this product fast enough. I went home and ordered my own. I just love it. I put it on all day long. I absolutely love that it is not a greasy lotion like most I have used.” – Bonnie, Amazon Review

No matter the severity of your skin, Outdoor Hands can help. Stock up for the winter and get yours here for just $10 per tube!

Outdoor Hands Customers Love Our Skin Therapy Cream!

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Outdoor Hands Skin Therapy Cream was the first of our line of products. Clinical pharmacist Austin Gore developed his first tube for his wife who struggled to find a remedy for her cracked and dry hands. He created a blend of botanical extracts and organic oils which healed her hands without leaving a greasy residue. Our customers have used Skin Therapy Cream on their elbows, legs, feet, anywhere they experience cracks in their skin! Check out what others have to say about it:    

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I started using Outdoor Hands Skin Therapy Cream after undergoing five months of chemotherapy for breast cancer. One of the side effects from chemo was an itchy, dry rash on my right hand and fingers. It even started spreading up my forearm. That’s when I started applying Outdoor Hand daily and it started to disappear. I will continue using it now because I love how it feels. Also, I have read that it is great for side effects for radiation, which I will begin soon. If you know someone going through chemo and/or radiation, I encourage you to get Outdoor Hand Skin Cream for them right away.” – Sharon, Amazon Review

“My hands suffer in the winter up here in NY where it is dry and cold. This product is the first that I have come across that helps heal the cracked skin and keeps it away.” – Brett, Amazon Review

“Read the reviews and took a chance. I’m a nurse and wash my hands a million times a day and dry doesn’t begin to describe the condition mine are in. I am always searching for a hand cream to help even a little. I am amazed at how well this cream worked on the first application. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The dryness just plain disappeared. My hands are soft and feel like velvet. I am so excited I’m telling all my coworkers and I’m buying a tube for them to try at work. Oh and it’s now my leg cream and arm cream and I even put some on my lips. I absolutely love it!” – Rocklin, Amazon Review

“Love this stuff. I have small kids & I am constantly washing my hands. This really helps w/ dry hands.” – Keri, Amazon Review

Get your Skin Therapy Cream here! All you need is a pea sized amount each use, so our 3.4 oz. tube will last you all season!

What Customers Love About Lip Therapy Balm

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Outdoor Hands Lip Therapy Balm is designed to heal and bring relief to chapped and dry lips. Like all of our products, it is made with organic oils and botanical extracts for added moisture. With a refreshing mint flavor, it leaves your lips feeling cool. But don’t just take our word for it; see what others have to say about it:

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“Not many people know that I suffer from eczema. It can get pretty gnarly, and more embarrassingly pop up in places like my lips. Finding a lip balm that soothes and treats the pain I experience from my condition is crucial, and I’ve tried so many brands. Outdoor Hands saw my complaints on Twitter and were kind enough to send me a free sample. I am instantly in love because my lips feel cool, smooth, and FINALLY moisturized. Plus, it tastes amazing.” – Kaytra, Instagram

I love it! It’s much better than Chapstick or Burts Bees!” – Makinzie

This makes your lips so smooth and tastes good too!” – Nancy, Amazon Review

“Best lip balm ever! Got it just in time for dry weather.” – Adelaide, Twitter

“I had bad chapped lips and they healed in just two days. I am totally going to buy more!” – Kaeli, Twitter

Grab your tube today for just $3, or stock up and get 4 tubes for $10 here! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for future giveaways and promo codes!   

The National Park Service Turns 100

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What is more “outdoorsy” than the National Park Service? If you said not much, you’re right!
And it’s a known fact we love the outdoors. We’re not called Outdoor Hands for just any ole’ reason!

So any outdoor celebration is one we like to celebrate.

national park service logoDid you know the National Park Service celebrated a birthday August 25th? Not just any birthday, but their centennial birthday. That’s right, the National Park Service turned 100 – and all us outdoor people are still celebrating!

The NPS centennial kicked of a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging our communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.

NPS Centennial Coin Collection

The United States Mint is commemorating the National Park Service’s Centennial by issuing three limited-edition coins. The collection includes a five-dollar gold coin, a silver dollar, and a half dollar clad coin, all appropriately crafted with images of iconic park features, cultural heritage and the exploration of nature, and the National Park Service’s well recognized logo, the Arrowhead.

If you’re a coin collector, then this is a must-have in your collection. To learn more or to order your collection, visit the United States Mint website.

NPS Centennial Stamps

If you enjoy specialty, non-traditional stamps for your mail, the U.S. Postal Service has you in luck. 16 new Forever stamps featuring our nation’s national parks have been released in celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial.
Learn more about the new NPS postage stamps.

Find Your Park

With 412 national parks around the country, there’s sure to be one within a short driving distance. Every park has its own unique, special features, so grab your gear, don’t forget your supply of Outdoor Hands goods, and go explore the beauty of nature our nation has to offer!

Don’t know where the closest national park is to you, or looking for a certain feature in a park? Visit http://findyourpark.com/

Heat Safety Guide

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Sun-and-high-temperatureHeat-related casualties and fatalities are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. As record-breaking heat has swept the majority of the U.S. this past month, it is important to stay safe while braving the outdoors.

It is very easy to become ill from the heat if one’s body can’t compensate for it and properly cool off. There are two main factors that affect one’s ability to cool down in extreme heat: humidity and personal factors. Sweat doesn’t evaporate as quickly when the humidity is very high, thus keeping one’s body from releasing heat as fast as it needs to. As well, various personal factors such as age, obesity, fever, heart disease, poor circulation, mental illness, and/or substance use/abuse can play a factor in whether or not a person can cool down enough during hot weather.

At Outdoor Hands, we’re no stranger to the safety of the outdoors. Here is our Heat Safety Guide.

Staying Cool

We know it’s hard for you outdoor folk, but stay inside with air conditioning as much as possible. Riding in vehicles with a/c is a smart idea, too. A/C is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness during extreme weather. Take cool showers/baths to cool down. If you don’t have air-conditioning, make an effort to spending time in public facilities that do have it. Do not rely on fans as your main source of cooling during times of extreme heat. 

Staying Hydrated

It is important to stay hydrated with adequate H20 during the heat. Even if you think you’ve drank enough, drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink. Avoid drinking beverages that will dehydrate you, such as alcohol and soda. They may be refreshing in the heat, but they don’t do anything to keep you adequately hydrated. Water is always your best choice.

Exercise

Be smart. Limit outdoor activity, especially mid-day when the sun is at it’s peak of hotness. If exercise must be done outside, early morning workouts are the best, before the sun rises. For any type of physical activity, we need to re-emphasize staying hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink more. Keep in mind, muscle cramping is a common sign of heat-related illness.

Pace yourself. Recognize that you won’t be able to perform at your peak-performance during extreme conditions, and if you end up suffering from a heat-related injury, your performance will lack even longer! Also, be mindful of what to wear. Wearing lightweight, loose, light-colored clothing is the best if you need to be outdoors.

Skincare

Outdoor Hands Lip ProductsIt’s important to stay extra cautious of the sun during extreme weather. It’s not only imperative to keep your insides hydrated, but your outside, too. Make sure to use sunscreen, especially for areas not covered by clothing. Remember, even if it’s cloudy out, one can still get sunburn!

As well, make sure to protect your lips. At Outdoor Hands, we make a great lip cream to keep your lips refreshed and moist, and a lip therapy balm to help heal cracked, chapped, and dry lips.

Be Smart

The best defense against the heat is thinking about what you’re doing and being mindful of the heat. Never leave your children and/or pets in cars! It’s also a good idea to check up on neighbors, family and friends, especially those who are older, have health problems, or don’t have adequate air conditioning.

Have any additional tips to add to our Heat Safety Guide? Let us know what other ways you take precautions in the comments below!

Camping in the Great Outdoors

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June has been proclaimed as Great Outdoors Month by President Obama and almost every state governor. During the month of June, people are urged to spend time enjoying the outdoors, while conserving our nation’s lands for our future generations.

From hiking to wildlife, to canoeing and hunting and fishing, and everything in between, the Proclamation speaks about plenty of opportunities for family and friends to play, explore, and grow, all while staying healthy, active and energized.

Tips for Camping in the Great Outdoors

One way to explore the great outdoors and soak in all the beauty nature has to offer is by going camping. Camping can be a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy family time or to have a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of life for a few days. If you are new to camping, or spending time outdoors in general, then there are a few necessities to keep in mind when heading out into the woods.

Shelter

camping outdoorsUnless you’re roughing it and sleeping under the stars, or “glamour-camping” and catching your ZzZzZz’s in a nice and cozy RV, don’t forget the obvious – shelter! When people think of camping, they probably think a tent, but using a hammock has also become quite popular (many come with mosquito nets and rain flys, too!)

Prior to your camping adventure, make sure to double check on all the poles, stakes, fly, and tarp (what keeps the rain out) if you’re bringing a tent. Also check your blow-up mattress for any holes and the pillow, sleeping bag, or blankets you are planning to bring, as well. Hammocks need to be checked as well for rips and tears, and to also make sure there’s enough rope to hang the hammock in a tree.

Safety Tip: Always look up before setting your tent/hammock up. Look for tree branches overhead to make sure there aren’t any that may be unstable and could fall if it becomes windy.

Light

This is something so simple and little that a lot of people forget, but can come in quite handy! Some sort of light fixture – whether that be a flashlight or a camping lantern – will be quite useful for late at night.
Tip: Turn off the light before entering the tent and zip it closed prior to turning it back on inside to make sure you aren’t bunking with any creepy crawlies attracted to light.

Bug Repellent/ Citronella Candles

Out in the woods, bugs are inevitable. From mosquitoes to ticks to deer flies, you want to make sure to have some sort of protection against these pests. Citronella candles are great to have to set around the entrance of your shelter, so you can climb in/out without any trouble.
As a friendly health reminder, many bug sprays contain high levels of the DEET chemical, which is especially bad for small children, so do your research before buying repellent.

Campfire Supplies

campfire-camping-outdoorsWhat’s camping without a campfire? If you’re going to a campground with dedicated campsites, then more than likely your site will have its own pre-made campfire spot. Just make sure to bring dry firewood, dry newspaper, and a flame starter (matches, long lighter, etc.).
Another necessity for campfire: a long, skinny stick, marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers – because what’s a campfire without s’mores?

Food, Water, and Cooking Supplies

The most simple route to camp is to bring MREs (Meal Ready-to-Eat), which don’t require extra cookware or silverware; however, if you aren’t brave enough to eat pre-packaged meals, here’s a suggested list of some items to have a functional camping kitchen:

  • bowls
  • plates
  • eating utensils
  • cast iron skillet or other high-heat-safe pot and pan
  • spoon and spatula
  • a long skewer for heating food over the fire (or sticks)
  • oven mitts
  • cooler with ice
  • can opener
  • dish soap
  • small plastic tub for cleaning

There are many filtration systems one can buy to purify water sources found outdoors, but it’s easiest to bring gallons of bottled water for cooking, cleaning, and brushing teeth. If you’re camping at a campground, more than likely you’ll have access to running water; just make sure to check ahead of time, and buy a few gallons for back up.

For food, if you’re not going the MRE route, the best choice is to bring nonperishable items that will stay safe and cool in jars or cans. Canned soups and chili, dried soup mixes, individually packed cereal, cookies and crackers, and protein/meal bars work great. Keep in mind, animals are scavangers, so avoid having a new furry friend by storing food in the car (if it’s close enough) or in a secure space.

Toiletries

Outdoor Hands Skin Therapy Cream HikerAlthough most campgrounds have fully functional bathrooms, it’s a good idea to bring your own supplies just in case supplies run out. Other items you’ll want to remember to bring include:

Clothing Suitable for Camping

Make sure you pack for all types of weather – hot days, chilly nights, and rain. Don’t forget your swim gear if you’re by a river or lake! Closed-toe shoes are also important, especially if you’ll be hiking around. Many companies, like REI, Columbia, and Patagonia, sell clothing specifically made for outdoors. A lot of their material is light, repels water, and protects against the sun. Also make sure to pack plenty of socks!

First Aid Kit

First-aid kits are always a good thing to have when exploring the great outdoors. Bumps, bruises, cuts, and other mishaps can happen when hiking, fishing, and exploring the woods is involved, so make sure you have a first-aid kit to combat the dangers of the woods!
One item we suggest to add to your first aid kit is relief from poison ivy, such as Outdoor Hands Poison Ivy Scrub. To learn more about Poison Ivy and what to watch out for, read our poison ivy blog.

Poison Ivy

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As we approach the summer season, we think of time spent outdoors, taking advantage of the weather, soaking up the sun, and enjoying all that nature has to offer. With nature though, comes some environmental threats that we have to be cautious about while exploring the great outdoors.

poison ivy leavesWhat is Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy, or Toxicodendron radicans, is a poisonous flowering plant. It is well known for causing a painful, irritating, rash that itches when most people who touch it. The rash itself is caused by a clear liquid compound in the plant’s sap, called urushiol.

Urushiol

Urushiol-induced contact dermatitis is the actual allergic reaction caused by poison ivy. 350,000 people are affected by poison ivy annually in the United States. In really extreme cases, a reaction can lead to anaphylaxis. Approximately 15% to 30% of people have no allergic reaction to urushiol, but most will have a greater reaction with repeated or more concentrated exposure.

Immediately from contact, urushiol binds to the skin. It causes severe and sometimes painful itching, that develops into reddish inflammation or non-coloured bumps, and then blistering. Rash from poison ivy typically develops within a week of exposure and can last anywhere from one to four weeks, depending on severity and treatment. In rare instances, poison ivy reactions may require hospitalization.

Believe it or not, urushiol isn’t a defensive measure for the plant! It is actually to help the plant retain water, and is frequently eaten by animals such as deer and bears.

Characteristics of Poison Ivy

poison-ivy-vineHairy vine, no friend of mine!

There are various subspecies and/or varieties of poison ivy. All have woody stems, and they can be found growing in any of the following characteristics:

• a trailing vine – growing anywhere from 4”-10” tall
• a shrub – growing up to 4 feet tall
• a climbing vine – grows on trees or another support system

Leaves of three, let it be!

Leaves are trifoliate with three almond-shaped leaflets. Some plants have leaves with notched edges, while on others, the leaves’ edges are smooth. The leaflet clusters alternate on the vine, and the plant itself has no thorns.
Color of the leaves vary, from light to dark green, to shades of red. Color is dependent on the season. Leaves are reddish in the spring, green in the summer, and vary from yellow to orange or red during the fall.

bird-with-poison-ivy-berriesBerries white, danger in sight!

Sometimes, poison ivy is accompanied by white berries, which birds like to eat. This could explain why the poisonous plant is abundant all over the contiguous 48 states, as birds migrate from place to place.

Ways to Avoid Poison Ivy

1. Keep your eyes open when exploring vegetative areas and places where the plant probably grows.

2. When walking through the woods, try to stay covered up: closed-toe shoes, socks, long pants, long sleeves, and gloves. As soon as you can, wash clothes that could have come in contact with poison ivy.

3. If you do end up getting exposed, wash your skin with soap and warm water right away to get the plant’s oils off your skin. This includes under your nails, as underneath is a good hiding spot for the plant’s oils. Some experts believe you can help limit the rash by washing within the first hour.

4. Rule #3 applies to your pet – if you think they may have come in contact with poison ivy, give them a bath as soon as possible, and make sure you wear gloves so you don’t contract any of the poisonous oil yourself!

5. Oils from poison ivy can remain potent for as long as 5 years, so get in the habit to wash sports equipment, gardening tools, and other outdoor items with soap and water after usage.

Poison Ivy Scrub

Outdoor Hands Poison Ivy ScrubAt Outdoor Hands, we are outdoor people. That’s why we created our Poison Ivy Scrub! It has been specially formulated* to wash away urushiol, which is found not only in poison ivy, but other related plants, too.

Just one wash to the exposed and affected area is all you typically need to get relief from mild to moderate rash breakouts. It offers instant relief for itching, pain and swelling from the allergic reaction to poison ivy.

Be sure to buy your bottle Outdoor Hands Poison Ivy Scrub before you explore the great outdoors this summer!

*Outdoor Hands Poison Ivy Scrub is made with: water, oxidized polyethlene, nonoxynol-9, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, carbomer, C12-15 pareth-9, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, disodium EDTA, sodium laurate, quaternium-15, tocopheryl aceate, sodium hydroxide.