Our hands are used frequently throughout the day, so it’s no surprise that they tend to get worn down easily. Dry, rough or cracked hands are a sign of lack of moisture, and need to be cared for to avoid open, cracked wounds or pain associated with the dryness. We are constantly washing our hands and stripping our skin of its natural oils, so it’s important to take steps to replenish that moisture whenever you can. Here are a few tips to rejuvenating your dry hands:
- Exfoliate your hands often. We forget about our hands when we’re focusing so much on our face, but the skin on our hands is actually thinner, and therefore more susceptible to sun exposure and the aging process. Exfoliate your hands once a week to remove dead skin cells.
- Moisturize your hands over night by applying vaseline or another heavy, moisturizing ointment to your hands before bed. Wear gloves over your hands to bed to avoid spreading oils around, and by the time you wake up, your hand will have soaked in all the ointment. This should leave your hands feeling soft and hydrated.
- Wear gloves if you’re doing outdoor work or are exposed to irritants throughout the day. It’s also good to avoid hot water and other harsh agents that can irritate and dry out the skin, including harsh soaps.
- Moisturize, and moisturize again. In addition to moisturizing overnight, moisturize your hands throughout the day and add it in as a step with your daily washing and moisturizing routine. We often neglect our hands, but they need our care as much as the rest of our bodies.
Be sure to invest in quality moisturizers and ointments for cracked hands. Here’s a few ingredients to look for:
- Mineral oil
- Petroleum jelly
- Lactic acid
- Glycerin and dimethicone
- Hyaluronic acid
All of these help the skin absorb and retain moisture.