Tips to cure dry, cracked hands from a dermatologist
The two most important steps to correct dry, cracked skin of the hands:
First, stop washing your hands with harsh soaps.
Secondly, use a good moisturizer for hands.
There are three more subtleties of hand care that deserve to be mentioned if you suffer from dry hands (for example, irritating hand eczema):
- Minimize the use of hand sanitizers, especially on the back of the hands, where the skin becomes thinner.
- Use warm, not hot, water for washing hands.
- Protect your hands from cold and windy weather, as well as from aggressive chemicals and solvents, by wearing gloves.
Here are the details so you can better understand how to put these tips into action:
Use mild soaps that wash off skin well.
The best hand soap is foaming, a mild soap, because the foaming agent allows you to use bubble soap, which is washed faster. The remaining soap on your hand dries the skin, pulling out natural lipids and harming skin barrier protein.
Be sure to wash the soap.
Start with a gentle blowing soap. Avoid products with antibacterial ingredients. They are not good for you or the environment, and they do not work. They are also commonly found in harsh soaps.
Aim for a product like my All Natural Foaming Liquid Hand Soap, Buy one for each sink so that you are NOT tempted to use harsh soap (for example, dishwashing soap).
Use warm water, not hot water.
Notice how hot water gets fat from pots and pans? Your skin is too fragile. Use warm water. It removes soap without removing the natural oils of your skin – especially if you use a gentle foaming soap for hands.
Pour only palm on hand. It is thicker and can take on more laundry than the thin skin on the back of your hands. Remember to pull the soap out of your rings and between your fingers.
Use a good moisturizer immediately after drying hands after washing.
Apply it to the magic 3 minutes so that the water traps soak up during the wash. This is really magic!
Choose a moisturizer that is not slippery. You get even better results if there is a barrier ingredient that helps protect sensitive skin from flaking hands.
my Dry skin cream is a favorite. It contains Dimethicone, which does an excellent job. It also contains the skin with glycerin – like it! This is also not slippery.
My hands crave this cream.
Another great option is mine. Natural lotion,
It goes from head to toe, so a multi-purpose moisturizer is more effective because it is rich in coconut oil, glycerin and aloe vera. I keep it in my bathroom when I get out of the shower.
If your hands are really cracked, give them a therapeutic drink with Balsam Bag covered with cotton gloves.
Bag Balsam softens the most dry and cracked skin of the hands of even the most powerful irritating eczema.
Hand eczema is such a common problem that I created three sets for you.
They include my instructions – Yes, straight from the dermisatologist. These kits also give thoughtful gifts.
Or buy a product that you need individually:
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