How to Treat Dry Hands
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.
1. Apply moisturizer frequently.
✅ Apply moisturizer about 5-6 times a day to keep your hands hydrated.
✅ 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.
⛔ Avoid hot air dryers as they can dry out your skin even more.
3. Wear gloves.
✅ 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.