Dry Cracked Hands
Preventing Dry Cracked Hands
During the winter months, dry cracked hands can be a problem. But if you use chemicals or strong cleaning products, this can happen anytime of year. Once the hands are drained of moisture, it can be hard to correct the problem. Just like on the facial area, the hands can become wrinkled and ashy when there is no moisture present and this can age the hands considerably. Luckily, there are many ways to prevent dry cracked hands and treat this problem when it occurs.
Dry cracked hands can be avoided altogether by wearing protective gloves while doing certain chores. For example, if you will be using harsh chemical cleaners to remove stains in the bathroom, you will want to keep your hands protected. You may think that just because you only use these products a few times a month, you can get away with not wearing gloves. But these cleaning items contain things like bleach and ammonia and other ingredients that are known to be harmful to the skin. Even when you are doing things like gardening or taking out the trash, you should protect your hands and nails from anything that can cause dry cracked hands.
Men who work outside in the elements and use their hands while they are working, frequently suffer from dry cracked hands. In some cases, they might not be able to wear protective gloves when it comes to work. The result can be calloused, dry skin that has severe cracking. Occasionally, this condition can be extremely painful because the cracks are so deep, that the skin can start to bleed. But there are products available now that can really help with this problem. There are lotions that can be applied to the hands and although they are not technically gloves, they offer a bit of protection. They leave a heavy residue on the hands and this allows the cracks to fully heal. These liquid gloves are perfect for construction or factory workers and for mechanics.
If you already have dry cracked hands, you will need to purchase a moisturizer and use it frequently. It helps to soak your hands in warm water to loosen the skin. You can then use a callous remover and gently exfoliate and remove the dead skin. Do not scrub on the calluses or try to remove them all in one day. Do this in steps because otherwise the softer skin tissue under the callous may become damaged. After you have exfoliated, you can apply the lotion. Make sure to evenly distribute it, even on the back of your hand. You should repeat this process several times during the day and you can also wear gloves at night to help to soften the skin. Add a considerable amount of moisturizer before going to sleep and wear any type of cotton glove. If you do not have any cotton gloves, you can use cotton socks. When you wake up in the morning, remove the glove. Your hands will feel much softer than before.
For instant relief from dry cracked hands, adding moisture can be the answer. You should soak cracked skin anytime it becomes painful and remember to add plenty of lotion afterward. It also helps to increase your water intake. You should drink at least 8 cups of water a day to maintain good health. But during the winter months, you should even drink more. This can help provide your body with water that is zapped from electric heating systems, harsh chemical cleaners and cold dry air.
If you are suffering with dry cracked hands, that continue to bleed, you should see a doctor immediately.