If you have washed your hands more than usual to keep bacteria in bay, you have probably noticed that the skin on your hands becomes dry. Over time, you may end up with cut or cracked hands. You definitely don't want to stop washing your hands, but fortunately there are many solutions that can help! If the problem is minor, you may want to start with natural cures (some of which you may already have). If your hands are severely dry or if your skin breaks, you may need to use commercial products or talk to your doctor about stronger treatments.
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[ Edit ] Using natural remedies
- Apply olive or coconut oil to your hands. Olive and coconut oil are fantastic natural moisturizers. They can also help heal any cracks or cuts in your hands due to dryness. Apply a generous amount of olive or coconut oil to your hands. Then rub in the oil well and let it dry. If necessary, reapply the olive or coconut oil. 
- If you want to lock the oil's moisture into your skin, place small plastic bags over your hands when the oil has been applied. Clean wool socks or fabric gloves also work well. Keep them on for 30 minutes or overnight. Doing this will lock the moisture of the oil in your hands as the oil dries.
- Use shea butter on your hands. Shea butter is another good natural remedy for hands that are in desperate need of moisturizing. Apply shea butter to your hands and allow the butter to seep into your skin. You can apply the shea butter to your hands as needed throughout the day. 
- You can buy shea butter online or at your local health food store.
- Soak your hands in milk and oats. The lactic acid in the milk acts as a natural exfoliation. The amino acids and silica in oats are great for hydrating your skin. Combine some milk with some rolling oats in a bowl large enough to fit your hands. Then put your hands in the milk and the oats. Let your hands soak for 10-15 minutes. 
- After 10-15 minutes, gently rinse hands in lukewarm water. Your hands should feel soft and less dry.
[ Edit ] Applicing Commercial Products
- Use Vaseline on your hands. Vaseline or Vaseline is good for hydrating the skin and locking in moisture. It can also help to heal cracked skin. Apply a generous amount of Vaseline to your hands and allow the Vaseline to dry. Add more petroleum jelly to your hands, as needed, to keep them soft and hydrated. 
- If your hands are really cracked and dry, apply petroleum jelly and then put plastic bags or fabric gloves on your hands. Leave bags or gloves on overnight. You should wake up with softer hands.
- Get a hand cream with natural ingredients. Hand creams provide a thicker barrier to your hands than hand lotions. Look for hand cream that contains no chemicals, dyes, fragrances or preservatives. These ingredients can irritate the skin more and make it even drier. Instead, go for a hand cream that contains natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and oats. 
- You can buy hand cream that is completely natural online or at your local pharmacy.
- Try antibiotic ointment or cream. If your skin is irritated and dry, try applying antibiotic ointment or cream such as Bacitracin or A&D ointment to your hands. You can also apply the ointment and then put on cotton gloves and wear them overnight. Store these gloves in a plastic bag because you will use them over and over again if you have to deal with dry, cracked, irritated hands often.
- Talk to your doctor about a prescription hand cream. If your dry, cracked hands are really bad and don't get better with non-prescription remedies, you may need prescription cream. Talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for hand cream to treat the problem. 
- Sometimes dry, cracked hands do not heal with home remedies or cream without a counter. a symptom of a skin problem that needs medical treatment, such as eczema.
[ Edit ] Caring for Your Hands
- Wash your hands with mild, natural soap and warm water. Avoid using harsh detergents that contain dyes, artificial ingredients or scents when washing your hands. Instead go for mild soap that contains natural ingredients such as olive oil, lemon or shea butter. Use warm water, rather than hot water, as hot water can dry your hands. 
- If you think you need to put your hands in warm water frequently, for example when washing dishes, wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
- Wear gloves with a soft lining when it is cold outside. Cold weather can aggravate dry, cracked hands. Protect your hands from cold weather by using leather or wool gloves lined with silk or synthetic material. The soft lining helps you keep your hands soft and protected. 
- Many glove manufacturers know sensitive skin and well-known brands with a fine lining that protects your hands from cold. Be sure to try the gloves before buying to make sure they fit well and have a soft lining.
- Avoid gloves that have a wool lining, as it can irritate sensitive skin.
- Wet your hands regularly. Accustomed to applying hand cream to the hands throughout the day, up to six times. Carry a small jar or tube of hand cream in the bag so you can apply it to your hands if needed. Have a routine where you moisturize your hands in the morning and at night before bed so they stay soft and hydrated. 
- Try several different varieties to find the one that works best for you.
[ Edit ] References
- ↑ http://thedermblog.com/2013/02/28/tips-for-preventing-and-treating-dry- cracked -hands /
- [1945 http://thedermblog.com/2013/02/28/tips-for-preventing-and-treating-dry-cracked-hands/
- ↑ http: / /www.vivawoman.net/2009/06/diy-beauty-milk-and-oats-hand-soak/strong19659044vard↑ http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care / advice / a40591 / dry-winter-skin-remedies /
- ↑ http://thedermblog.com/2013/02/28/tips-for-preventing-and-treating-dry-cracked-hands/
- ↑ https://healfastskincare.com/how-to-treat-dry-cracked-hands/
- ↑ http://thedermblog.com/2013/02/28/ prevention tips- and-treat-d ry-cracked-hands /
- ↑ http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/advice/a40591/dry-winter-skin-remedies/  ↑ http://thedermblog.com/2013/02/28/tips-for-preventi ng-and-treating-dry-cracked-hand /