Surprisingly, I don’t deal with dry hands from the winter elements, even when I lived in Cincinnati! Despite that my entire body is typically dry and itchy, dry, chapped hands haven’t caused me grief. However, my poobear has been dealing with dry, rough, cracked hands in the cooler months since I can remember. When the cooler airs first make their appearance, poobear immediately has deep cracks and the bandaids are out. Do you suffer from this when October rolls around? And heck, maybe it’s not just a problem for you in the fall & winter, maybe you’re constantly washing your hands or your profession/lifestyle has caused your hands to be rough and dry. Whatever the case may be, if you’re looking for a solution, then you’re in the right place.
The most common cause of dry, rough and cracked skin is a compromised outer layer. Skin works to hold onto moisture and if you’re exposing your hands to sun, cold air, wind, chemicals & excessive water, then you will gradually see damage to this layer. Damaged skin is also vulnerable to environmental pollutants and UV radiation, which can accelerate dryness and aging. And nobody wants that!
It’s time we go through some general techniques to deal with dry & cracked hands!
If cold weather is an issue for your hands, the easiest way to protect them is to wear gloves!
Avoid soaps that are over drying! Formulas with synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and sulfates can be especially drying! Even those easy to use anti-bacterial formulas can wreck havoc on your skin.
#CheekyConfidential If you especially suffer from dry hands in the winter months, consider using your cream-based cleanser when washing your hands at home, or pick up a cheaper cream-based cleanser at your local Walgreens – i.e. Cetaphil or CeraVe
Consider exfoliating your hands a couple times a week – just mix sugar and olive oil in a small bowl and apply! Your hands will feel amazingly soft and rejuvenated.
Deep-treat your hands overnight! A couple times a week, wear gloves to bed! Simply apply your favorite deep moisturizer, slip on your gloves & go night-night. Wake up with softer hands!
Do your own house cleaning? Me too! Make sure you’re wearing rubber gloves when you clean so you’re not constantly washing your hands.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! This is the key! Every morning, lather on hand cream, every night, lather on hand cream & the most important thing is to lather on hand cream after you wash your hands – each time. This is where poobear fails!
And speaking of moisturizers – let’s look at our top favorites!
This is what we use at home & it helps Josh immensely! O’Keeffe’s Working Hands lasts forever & totally does the job. It’s most marketed to construction workers who use their hands constantly, so I definitely trust it’s the real deal.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream has always been trusted by my dearest mom! I also use this at night when my cuticles are looking a little dull! It smells great & is very rich in lather. Little thick for my liking which is why I use it at night. Great option!
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve helps protect against and repair the appearance of severe dryness! I really like this one because it not only heals, but it helps protect your skin from the elements in the days ahead.
Gah, anything French makes us so excited! Caudalie Hand & Nail Cream is trusted by tons of folks & is an antioxidant-rich, moisturizing cream for the hands and nails.
This stuff is udderly amazing! See what I did there! I used to use this years ago and had great success with my dry skin! Udderly Smooth Body Cream was developed by a pharmacist that helps with your rough, dry skin without leaving that heavy, greasy feeling.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is pretty much everywhere & has been trusted for decades! It’s cheap & lasts for forever! I’d highly recommend this tub if you’re looking for an easy way to moisturize your hands.
Hand Cream Tips
- Heavy lotions tend to help better with dry skin – don’t be afraid to try them. They aren’t always heavy and greasy like they’re known for!
- Look for a skin-protecting ingredient, like dimethicone
- Shea butter, olive oil and coconut oil are always great staples for hand moisturizing needs
- Moisturizers & hand creams with glycerine help attract moisture
Already have a favorite hand, cream, lotion, gel or salve that you love? Let us Cheeky’s know in the comment’s section below.