Dry skin can be both unsightly and painful. In some cases, the skin can cut and bleed and lead to severe dryness. Having dry cuticles can result in broken and brittle nails. Dry skin on hands can occur due to a range of reasons including being exposed to excessively cold weather, frequently washing hands with harsh soaps, or performing continuous manual labour.
Keeping your dry hands moisturised is key to keeping them healthy. There are a lot of hand or body lotions on the market that are great for efficiently soothing and moisturising dry, irritated hands. It may not be necessary to seek out a single product that can come to the rescue; instead there are ways to enhance ordinary creams and lotions to give you the results you need.
Petroleum jelly moisturising technique
To effectively moisturise the skin, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to your hands. Gently massage the petroleum jelly onto your skin. Focus mainly on the areas that experience the most dryness. Once the petroleum jelly is completely worked in, apply an ordinary lotion or hand cream to your hands. This will help to seal in the moisture long-term. This technique is perfect to use on a nightly basis before heading to bed.
It is recommend to take existing creams or lotions you might have and to add some essential oils such as olive, glycerin, coconut, and sandalwood oils to them. Oils such as these will make the lotion more moisturising and can work to improve the health of your skin overall by maintaining the moisture of your hands.
Another tip we recommend that will help you take care of dry hands is to drink more water. Water helps hydrate from within, so try and drink at least six to eight glasses of it every day.
A word of warning, beware of hand creams that contain silicone or a silicone derivative, like dimethicone. Ingredients such as these seal in moisture. It is recommended to look for products containing petrolatum (Vaseline) and shea butter as these are great for dry skin.