Why Do Hands Get So Dry? Try These Tips for Treating Dry, Cracked Hands
By Kristina Garcia
Do your hands get dry during the winter months? Many people experience extremely dry hands this time of year, so you’re not alone.
We know that dry, cracked hands aren’t only unsightly, but can also be extremely uncomfortable. Read on to learn more about what could be the cause of your dry skin and the steps you can take today to heal your hands.
Why Do My Hands Get so Dry?
According to the experts at Healthline, environmental factors are often to blame for cracked skin on your hands. In the winter months, especially, there is less moisture in the air which can cause your skin to dry out. This can also be more apparent since you’re likely keeping warm with the heat on, which makes the air even drier.
Similarly, you may also experience dry hands year-round if your job or habits require frequent hand washing or using hand sanitizer. If you wash your hands with hot water or with harsh soap, this can damage your skin barrier and cause dry skin.
Finally, you may also have dry hands due to a skin condition like eczema, psoriasis, and even diabetes.
As you can see, in most cases, making changes to your habits and giving your hands some extra TLC can help you achieve silky-smooth skin once again.
Best Treatment for Dry, Cracked Hands
When you have dry hands, you need to bring them back to life with plenty of hydration. Along with applying moisturizer regularly, you should also be conscious about wearing gloves in cold weather and washing your hands with warm water, not hot.
Try to avoid harsh soaps and also wear gloves when washing dishes. Look for hand creams with natural ingredients like shea butter and aloe vera and avoid artificial fragrances.
Home Remedies for Severely Dry, Cracked Hands
Luckily, it’s easy to begin treating your dry, cracked hands at home.
First, you want to ensure you’re staying hydrated! Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help hydrate your skin and help you glow from within. You can also add more moisture to the air with a diffuser. Add your favorite essential oil for some added aromatherapy benefits!
For some instant relief, you can even try your hand at making a soak. You want to soak your dry, cracked hands in a mixture that will soothe and hydrate your skin. First for Women Magazine offers this simple DIY hand soak:
2 cups warm water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tbs. olive oil
Soak your hands in the mixture for 10 minutes and then pat dry. The apple cider vinegar works to help restore your skin’s natural acidity while olive oil nourishes your hands.
Skincare Products for Dry Hands
You can also find skincare products that can work wonders on your dry, cracked hands. The Perfect Ten hand and cuticle mask uses the same insulation technology as space blankets to lock in your natural body heat and allow the coconut-infused formula inside to better penetrate your skin. Only 10 glorious minutes later, your chapped hands are rejuvenated, your cuticles are softened, and you’re that much more relaxed. Our Rosé Fingers Hand Mask visibly renews and hydrates dry hands and pairs perfectly with our Rosé Toes Foot Mask.
With these tips in mind, you’re on your way to having the upper hand over your dry skin.