The air found in dry climates or during cold months can sap moisture from the skin of the hands.
Overexposing your hands to water can cause them to experience a loss of moisture due to the water washing away to skins natural oils. This tends to happen to cooks, cleaners and people who work in roles that require constant hand washing.
Exposure to certain chemicals can cause your hands to become dry. Chemical-based household cleaning products are a big culprit for this. These chemicals can take away essential moisture from the skin on the hands.
Using cleaning products with unprotected hands can even cause damage to the outer layer of skin, leaving dry hands even more susceptible to damage.
It can sometimes seem like dry hands are never going to feel smooth again. Luckily, there are ways to help speed up the dry skin healing process. It’s easy to moisturise and rejuvenate dry, chapped hands and help skin to both look and feel healthy.
Washing with harsh soaps can really dry out your skin. Instead, use a mild or moisturising hand soap to wash your hands, rinsing them under warm water for approximately 20 seconds as usual. Then, take care to dry them thoroughly, especially if you have cracked fingers where water can linger.
After washing, apply a good hand lotion that contains petroleum jelly. The lotion will replace and lock in moisture, working from the inside out to create healthier, healed skin. And don’t forget to choose a non-greasy lotion so your skin feels soft and smooth.
When the temperatures drop, the amount of moisture the air can hold also drops – meaning very low humidity levels. Cold temperatures and low humidity rapidly deplete skin of moisture, leading to dry skin – particularly on the most exposed parts of your body, like your hands.
To protect your hands from the elements, keep the skin well moisturised and wear gloves. Choose a product that locks in moisture that’s already there and prevents you from losing any more – such as a lotion that contains petroleum jelly or even the original Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly itself.
If you have very dry skin on your hands, or you’re suffering with painful, cracked fingertips, be careful how you use your hands. Some everyday activities like cleaning the house can actually make dry skin worse. Cleaning products and other common household items can dry the skin out more, or cause painful stinging. So, when you clean, be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin and prevent irritation from soaps and sprays.
Don’t forget to apply a hand lotion with petroleum jelly immediately after cleaning to rehydrate your hands as even wearing gloves can leave them feeling dry.
The most valuable secret we can let you in on is this: apply a protective layer of petroleum jelly to your hands. Not only does this tackle moisture loss right at the source, it also helps speed up the healing process by keeping the skin hydrated and by protecting the skin from irritants that could delay the healing process.
You can apply this product throughout the day – it’s great for protecting your hands from the weather when you’re out and about, and can help with the skin’s natural renewal process overnight too. The answer to how to heal dry, cracked fingers may already be in your cabinet!
If you have very dry hands or cracked skin, then why not try an overnight healing treatment? Before bed, rub a layer of Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly onto your entire hand (including the back and between the fingers). Then, put on a pair of cotton gloves to help seal in the moisture. In the morning, your hands should already feel softer!
Be proactive when it comes to caring for the health of your skin, and lock that moisture in long before your hands start drying out.