Every winter my skin gets really really dry. My hands often crack and bleed in the winter. A couple of years ago I started using the CO Bigelow line from Bath and Body Works. It has no artificial scents and is one of a very few lines that does not trigger my migraines. This line has a chapped hands cleanser that is wonderful!! I gotseveral jars on sale a couple of years ago. This year I actually remembered them before my hands got really bad! My hands are nice and soft now - the best they have been in the winter for years! For Christmas I am making a sugar scrub for the ladies on my list. I mix coarse sugar (like sugar in the raw) with regular sugar about 1:1 and put it into small jars. I then add essential oil to canola oil and pour it into the jar with the sugar just until it makes a paste. I fell in LOVE with the lemon sugar scrub in the Bigelow line but HATE the cost. It really gripes me to pay so much for something so very inexpensive. I tinkered with the recipe until I came up with this. It really leaves your hands feeling wonderful, doesn't burn like the salt scrubs can, and makes a nice gift. It CAN be used all over your skin if you want. I like to use either lemon oil or cinnamon oil with it. Neither one seems to fight with other product scents for the most part. What do you use to help avoid the winter "alligator skin"??