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Tips For Dry & Cracked Hands

24/01/23

Are your hands always dry, flaking and uncomfortable?
Here's why!

Dry hands can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition that affects many people. The skin on our hands is thinner and more delicate than the skin on other parts of our body, making it more susceptible to dryness, cracking, and irritation.

In this blog post, we'll explore the causes of dry hands, as well as some effective treatments and preventative measures.

Causes

One of the most common causes of dry hands is exposure to harsh soaps and chemicals. Many hand soaps and cleaning products contain ingredients that strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and irritated.
In addition, frequent hand washing and sanitising can also contribute to dryness.

Another cause of dry hands is the weather. Cold, dry air can strip the skin of its moisture, leading to dryness and cracking.
This is especially true during the winter months when the air is colder and drier.

On the other hand (no pun intended), medical conditions can also cause dry hands. Some common skin conditions include eczema and psoriasis which cause dryness, itching, and cracking in the skin.
In addition, people with diabetes (type 2) and other conditions that affect the blood flow to the hands, may be more prone to dryness and cracking.

Treatment

To treat dry hands, it's important to first identify the cause and address it.
For example, if your dry hands are caused by exposure to harsh soaps and chemicals, switching to a gentler hand soap or cleaning product may be all that's needed to alleviate the symptoms.

In addition to addressing the underlying cause, there are also several things you can do to moisturise and protect your hands.
One of the most effective ways to moisturise dry hands is to use a hand cream or lotion. Look for products which contain hydrating ingredients, are fragrance free, and suitable for sensitive skin.

Try Grahams Natural Intensive Repair Hand Cream.

Another way to moisturise your hands is to use a humidifier in your home. This adds moisture to the air, which can help to keep your skin hydrated and prevent it from becoming dry and cracked.

Alternatively, aside from keeping skin hydrated, you can also protect your hands by wearing gloves when washing up/cleaning and when you are outside, especially during the colder months. Wearing gloves will help to keep your hands warm and protected from the cold, dry air. 

In conclusion, dry hands can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition that affects many people. To alleviate the symptoms of dry hands, it's important to identify the underlying cause and address it. In addition, using a hand cream or lotion will help to lock in moisture in your skin's barrier and protect your hands, leaving them feeling soft and smooth.