We use our hands so much and they’re almost always exposed to the elements but do we really give them the care they deserve? Things like cold weather, air conditioning, and harsh chemicals can all dry out the skin, especially the skin on our hands. It’s important then that we look after them. Here are just a few remedies for dry hands, and how to help prevent dry skin in the first place.
You can’t beat a good hand cream, it’s one of the best remedies. Choose one that has a rich, moisturising formula. There are plenty of hand creams on offer to suit a range of skin types and budgets. Skin absorbs moisturiser better when it’s a bit damp, so apply hand cream after you wash your hands to help prevent them from drying out. Also remember to apply hand cream regularly if you work in an air conditioned space, as the dry atmosphere can affect the skin.
Wash your hands in lukewarm water. Hot water can strip the skin of natural oils and dry it out. Washing your hands in lukewarm water is just one way to prevent the skin from drying out. Also, wash your hands as little as possible since too much exposure to water can dry them out.
When hands dry out, it’s not only the skin that is affected. Your nails can suffer too. Dry nails can get brittle and break, and cuticles can crack. To combat this, apply cuticle oil to your nails regularly. Apply cuticle oil daily and apply it often.
Washing your hands frequently can dry them out, especially if you’re using harsh soaps. To remedy this, switch to a moisturising soap or hand wash. Avoid using regular dish soap or harsh chemical soaps (like the ones used in hospitals) where possible. Using a moisturising soap or hand wash will help in the battle against dry hands.
Create a physical barrier
Stop hands drying out by creating a physical barrier. The easiest way to do this is to wear gloves. When you’re washing the dishes or cleaning, wear rubber gloves to stop your hands spending too much time in water and in contact with harsh detergents or chemicals. When you’re outside in the cold, slip on a pair of gloves to protect your hands from the harsh weather conditions.