I have noticed that whenever it is winter my hands tend to dry out and the skin cracks in some areas. Sometimes it cracks a little but at times it does get itchy and gets worse. If you have similar situations then read on to help care and treat your hands.
The Key is to always moisturize!
1. Moisturise your hands after washing them
Soaps can be drying, but better stay safe and moisturize afterward even if the soap says that it is nourishing and moisturizing. A tip so that you don’t forget is to have moisturizer next to your soap or somewhere on the counter so you can see it and remind yourself.
2. Petroleum Jelly
If the cracked skin does get worse and bleeds make sure to clean the area. Dry your hands before applying petroleum jelly. This is a great one to use as it locks in moisture in your hands so it doesn’t dry and gets even worse.
3. Use a humidifier
Having dry hands is a good indication that your whole skin is probably dry as well unless you moisturize. Another way to target this is to add moisture to the air is to use a humidifier. They can also help rid of symptoms of allergies, asthma, and congestion to mention a few.
4. Wear Gloves
Whether you are cleaning or stepping outside the house you should protect your hands just as you would with wearing a scarf or hat. Cleaning agents can be very drying for the skin so always wear rubber gloves. Similarly, if you are washing plates try to wear rubber gloves.
5. Overnight treatment
Try to give your hands an overnight treatment. Slather your hands with an overnight moisturizer and wear cotton or bamboo gloves over your hands and it should help lock in the much-needed moisture your hands need.