I live in dry, desert country. Even in
wintertime theres little moisture in the air. Although theyre usually
protected by gloves, my hands dry out in cold fall and winter winds, leaving them
painfully cracked. The same thing happens when retrieving decoys from ice-rimed ponds. No
matter how you try to avoid it, your hands get repeatedly soaked by freezing water. You
end the day with dry, cracked hands.
Gloves In A Bottle is a lotion designed
to work like an invisible pair of gloves. Its supposed to protect against irritants
while allowing your skin to retain its own natural moisture.
Unlike artificial moisturizers,
Gloves In A Bottle bonds with the outer layer of skin to turn it into what works like an
invisible pair of gloves, the company claims. These invisible gloves
keep irritants at bay while helping retain your skins own natural moisture,
resulting in skin that is better hydrated than what is achieved by conventional lotions.
Heres how it works: According to
the company, the outer layer of skin basically consists of dead skin cells that protect
the living cells in deeper layers of skin. The outer layer must stay moisturized to
protect the deeper layers. To prevent moisture from leaving the protective outer layer,
the skin produces natural oils. These oils also help protect against irritants you come in
contact with. Washing with soap or exposure to chemicals can remove these natural oils.
When natural oils are stripped from the
outer layer, Gloves In A Bottle, Inc., says moisture quickly leaves this layer, leaving
the skin dry and itchy. The lower skin layers are left exposed to harsh substances like
solvents, gardening chemicals, dirt, grease, etc. The result? More dry, irritated,
chapped, cracked skin.
The company points out conventional
hand and skin lotions replace natural oils with artificial oils that do little to heal the
skin. It claims regular use of lotions can actually cause the skin to produce less natural
These claims sounded good, but Im
a born skeptic. When I rubbed the thick, white lotion into my hands, it quickly became
transparent. There was no oily or greasy feel in fact I quickly forgot I was
wearing liquid gloves as I went about my chores at home.
One of the claims I hoped to test was
that the lotion prevented the absorption of smelly, potentially damaging substances into
the skin. With this in mind, I purposely allowed some gasoline to slosh over my hands when
I filled the lawn mower. Gasoline-doused hands typically retain an unpleasant stench even
after frequent washing. I sometimes spray my hands with deodorant or rub a little
toothpaste in to cover the smell.
After mowing the lawn, I was happily
surprised when a quick washing with soap completely eliminated the gas scent. Later, I
tested this property further by cleaning some just-caught trout while wearing Gloves In A
Bottle. Once again, briefly washing my hands rid them of the fishy smell. Wow!
Pete Grimaldi, the companys
marketing director, tells me applying Gloves In A Bottle to your feet can help prevent
blisters. That thin, invisible layer of lotion apparently offers some protection against
abrasion. My feet have seldom (actually, never) blistered, so I havent tested that
After wearing Gloves In A Bottle while
testing guns under a blistering desert sun, I can report that this lotion appears very
effective in preventing dry, cracked hands. Once you apply the lotion, theres
nothing to remind you its on your hands. You quickly forget about it. How do you
remove it? The lotion simply wears off in three or four hours, so thats no problem.
Just remember to reapply when you spend the day hunting, shooting or fishing outdoors.
I never expected to become excited
about hand lotion, but this stuff works! Its available in many drug and sporting
goods stores at $12.95 for an 8-ounce bottle. For more information, or to order direct,
contact Gloves In A Bottle, Inc., Dept. SH, PO Box 615, Montrose CA 91021; phone
toll-free: 1-800-600-1881; or visit the web site: www.glovesinabottle.com.