How To Treat The Dry, Cracked Skin On Your Hands
We put our hands through a lot these days all while asking them to stay soft and supple. From washing multiple times per day, to using the wrong skin care products, they often end up dry, cracked and painful.
With the pandemic we are washing and sanitizing so often that it is doing some serious damage to the skin on our hands.
Washing our hands frequently is something that will go on long past the end of the pandemic as it is one of the most effective ways to prevent disease. Which means that you’ll have to have a solid hand care routine to go forward.
In this article, we will go over several ways that you can take care of your dry, cracked skin on your hands.
Focus on repair
Before you set out to create a routine you have to bring your hands back to point zero. This means repairing the damage that has already been done. Those cracks and abrasions on your hand are wounds and need to be treated first to heal them and then you can start with your regiment.
Use some products like Aquaphor that will allow your skin to actually heal. These types of ointments are formulated with cracked skin in mind. In fact, this type of ointment can even heal minor burns and other irritations besides just the cracked and painful skin on your hands so it’s good to have some around anyway.
Once you have been using this for a few days you will notice that your hands are now smooth and soft and the damage is just a memory.
Moisturize every time you wash
There is no getting around washing your hands these days. And using antibacterial soap will inevitably dry out the skin when you are washing multiple times per day. Even using natural soap will have the same effect.
After every time you wash your hands, make sure to rub some moisturizing cream on them to bring back the moisture you lose.
The key is to not dry your hands vigorously with a towel. Instead, pat your hands dry so they still feel slightly damp and then apply the cream. If you can’t manage to moisturize after every wash then try to do it two to three times per day when you do have time.
Under normal circumstances, exfoliating is a good idea. It removes dead skin cells from the surface and allows a moisturizer to penetrate deep into the layers of skin. However, when your skin is damaged then an exfoliator is the worst thing you can use.
You will be exacerbating the damage that has already been done to the skin and will likely suffer from more pain than if you didn’t exfoliate.
Take care of your cuticles
Though your cuticles don’t affect your skin, they do suffer some damage when your skin is getting dry and cracked. You should use some argan oil on them once a day to rebuild their strength and give you healthy nails.