What causes dry skin on hands?
Why do my hands feel so dry?
Regardless of our occupation or what we choose to do with our spare time, our hands take on the brunt of the work. As they’re constantly busy with different tasks, they’re exposed to a variety of different temperatures and conditions. This can really take its toll and leave the skin on the hands feeling dry, rough and even lead to cracked skin on our hands.
When it comes to skincare, the skin on the hands is all too often forgotten about, despite the fact that it’s as fragile as the skin on our face in some places. It’s about time we started appreciating our hands and giving them the care they deserve.
The causes of dry skin can range massively so it's important to know what to avoid and what can help.
If your insides are dehydrated, your hands will be too!
6 common causes of dry skin on hands
- Cold & windy weather conditions
- Exposure to UVA/UVB rays
- Chemicals in household cleaning products
- Washing hands too frequently
- Home heating & air conditioning systems
How to get rid of dry hands
How to treat dry skin on hands
Preventing dry hands isn’t always easy, but by using the right dry skin remedies, it’s possible to give them the moisture they need. Even if you already have dry hands these products should help remedy the situation.
If your line of work means your hands are constantly exposed to rough materials and the elements, finding a good hand cream to use regularly is essential. NIVEA Repair & Care Hand Cream is an intensive treatment for instantly soothing very dry and chapped hands – perfect if your hands need that extra bit of care.
Another product that gives dry skin on hands what it needs is NIVEA Rich Nourishing Body Lotion. This product is enriched with a deep moisturising serum and almond oil to revitalise the skin on the hands to leave it feeling touchably smooth, even if it's you have dry cracked hands. As it’s lightweight, it’s absorbed easily is the perfect companion for on the go.
A lot of women still swear by the unique formulation of NIVEA Creme for their hands. The century-old cream provides the skin on the hands with everything it needs to stay smooth and nourished.
Hands need exfoliating too
5 tips for preventing dry skin on hands
Avoid using hand-dryers
Wash up with rubber gloves
Invest in a humidifier
Don’t over-wash your hands
Apply a deep treatment overnight
Soothing dry hands in winter
Avoid hot taps and traditional soap
Traditional soap can damage your skins natural protective barrier, leaving hands very dry. The last thing you need in the cold winter months.
And while you might want to warm your hands up under a hot tap (or even get home and have a really hot shower) this has the opposite effect you want on your skin. Excess heat can dry hands out even further. Try using a lukewarm temperature.
Read the winter skincare guide for more tips on how to keep skin healthy.
Intensely moisturise your dry hands
You need to may extra careful attention to your hands in winter. You might feel you moisturise your hands enough but it can't hurt to go the extra mile.
Make sure to moisturise after using the bathroom to lock in any moisture you might have lost and when you get in from the cold outdoors.