Do you suffer from dry, cracked hands in winter? If the answer is yes, you don’t need to panic you are not alone. For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring dryness to their hands. During winter, the humidity in the outside air plunges and once you turn home the indoor heating make the skin ever drier. Aside from the uncomfortable feeling that dry hands can cause, they can get itchy and painful, and sometimes they even crack and bleed.
The good news is that they are many steps you can take in order to keep your hands smooth and supple during winter days. Here are four tips for dealing with dry and cracked hands.
1. Moisturize: Cold temperatures and low humidity rapidly deplete skin of moisture, leading to dry skin. To treat scaly hands, you should apply a moisturizer to your hands. The moisturizer will keep water from evaporating and leave your hands supple. You can also moisturize your hands with coconut oil as it is a natural rich oil which will leave your hands feeling moist. And if you will go with lotions, choose ones that contain natural ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, oils, essential oils, and aloe. You should use a moisturizer even if your hands are not dry to prevent any signs of dryness.
2. Wear Gloves: Put on gloves before going out on cold days and put on the cream before wearing them. If your hands get wet, dry them, and then apply moisturizer. Also, wear gloves before going to bed if your hands are very dry. You need to first apply an oil or cream to your hands, and then put on a pair of cotton gloves. Do this before you go to bed, and leave it on overnight to allow the ingredients to condition your hands during the night so you will find your hand soft and moisturized in the next morning.
3. Drinks lots of water: The lack of hydration causes your skin to dry, so you need to drink much water daily to keep your skin well-hydrated.
4. Protect from harsh cleaning agents: wear gloves when you are dealing with any harsh chemicals. Some everyday activities like washing the dishes or cleaning the house can actually dry your hands or make dry skin worse. So remember to wear gloves to protect your skin and prevent irritation from soaps and sprays. After cleaning, immediately apply a hand lotion with petroleum jelly to rehydrate your hands.