I had some very dry patches along my knuckles, and this is the only thing that softened them up. I noticed that my hands were back to normal in less than a week. This product provides long lasting moisturization, and it's great to keep in the kitchen for use after washing dishes. I use it mostly on my hands, but it's great on elbows, knees, feet, or anywhere you have dry skin that regular moisturizers don't seem to relieve. It's not fast absorbing; it really has to be worked into the skin, but it has a nice creamy, soothing texture. I love that it's fragrance free, and it has vitamin E. The active ingredient is 30% white petrolatum USP. I didn't give the product the highest rating for ingredients, because it doesn't have enough natural ingredients in it. Too many chemicals and things that are hard to pronounce but, if you don't mind that, it DOES keep skin soft.