Dry winter hands are the pits. They feel bad, they can hurt and even crack and bleed if they get bad enough. Thankfully, there are things that you can do to prevent dry winter hands from being a problem to you this year.
First of all, it is important to remember why our hands get dry in the winter time. The air is cold and dry, which are both contributing factors to dry winter hands. In addition, when we come inside from the cold and dry air, we are subjecting our hands to our heaters which also add to dryness of the skin, especially the hands.
But let’s move on to what can be done for those dry winter hands, shall we? You want to protect your hands when you are outdoors by wearing gloves. This is one of the best things that you can do for your hands. It will help protect them from the harsh, cold elements as well as keeping them softer and healthier.
Another thing you can do is to keep lotion on hand and use it often. The best time to use it is immediately after you wash your hands with a moisturizing waterless hand wash. I have found this out after a visit to my dermatologist for treatment of dry winter hands. Keep lotion stashed everywhere. Keep a tube in your purse, your desk, and on your sinks at home to remind you to apply it.
Another thing you can do is invest in some cuticle cream. Our cuticles are particularly vulnerable to becoming dry and ragged in the winter months. Apply it several times a day and you will see good results.
There are times when your winter hands may need additional treatment methods. If you are experiencing persistent skin cracking or bleeding, it may be time to consult your dermatologist.
For more tips on handling winter hands, this article on the prevention and treatment of chapped hands by WebMD may help.