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How to Treat Dry Hands

How to Treat Dry Hands

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Dry skin on your hands can be caused by various factors — frequent handwashing, cold weather, dry climate, and harsh conditions at your workplace. 5-Minute Crafts would like to tell you about some home remedies you can try to help keep your hands healthy and well-hydrated.

❗ If you experience swelling, skin discoloration, extreme redness, or other unusual changes with your hands, go to see your doctor.

1. Apply moisturizer frequently.

Apply moisturizer about 5-6 times a day to keep your hands hydrated.

Use hand creams or ointments instead of lotions because they don’t evaporate very quickly.

✅ Choose creams that have emollient ingredients (like lanolin, jojoba oil, isopropyl palmitate, propylene glycol linoleate, squalene, glycerol stearate) or humectants (like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, sorbitol, propylene glycerol, urea, lactic acid).

Rub the cream over your cuticles and nails as well to prevent them from drying out.

✅ Always keep pocket-sized tubes of your creams within reach — like in your purse, in your gym bag, or at your work desk.

2. Wash your hands properly.

Apply enough mild fragrance-free soap to remove dirt, but don’t use too much of it. The soap shouldn’t create a thick lather on your skin, otherwise, it will wash away natural oils from your hands.

✅ Wash your hands with lukewarm water that is not excessively hot or cold.

✅ Always pat your hands dry with a towel after washing and apply moisturizer right away.

Avoid hot air dryers as they can dry out your skin even more.

3. Wear gloves.

✅ Always wear rubber gloves when washing dishes and cleaning to prevent stripping your skin of its natural oils.

✅ For dry work like gardening, use cloth gloves.

✅ Wear gloves or mittens outdoors on cold days.

4. Exfoliate your hands.

Use a scrub, pumice stone, or homemade solution (mix some olive oil with 1-2 tablespoons of sugar) to remove dead skin cells from your hands.

5. Try an oatmeal bath.

Add some raw or cooked oats to your regular bath to rejuvenate your skin.

✅ You can also use oats mixed with some olive oil in a small basin. Just dip your hands into this bath and keep them there for a little while.

6. Apply Vaseline overnight.

Slather your hand with a petroleum-based product like Vaseline before going to bed, then cover your hands with a pair of soft gloves, and keep them on for the entire night.

✅ Instead of Vaseline, you can also choose moisturizers that contain ingredients like dimethicone, cocoa or shea butter, or beeswax.

7. Protect your hands from the sun.

Cover your hands with a quality sunblock to prevent the sun from drying them out.

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