How to Heal Dry Cracked Hands
Cracked dry skin on the hands and fingers is a sure sign that winter is here. Skin may become painful during cold weather, when the heat is on day and night, pulling humidity out of the air and out of our skin. Combining topical treatments with other natural remedies is one way to solve the problem, healing the cracks and giving you back your soft, silky skin.
Moisturize hands with lotion. Apply a hand lotion several times a day, as needed, to reduce the dryness and flaking of skin.
Use natural products containing shea butter, aloe vera or olive oil, instead of lotions made with lots of chemicals. Natural hand lotions and creams are available at health food stores.
Use lotion that is unscented. Products that are scented with perfumes may produce allergic reactions that further irritate the skin.
Wash hands with a moisture-promoting soap. Choose soaps with ingredients that help contain moisture in the skin and help prevent dryness.
Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands while washing dishes. Dry hands thoroughly after washing dishes or showering. Evaporation can add to the chapping of skin.
Slather your hands with extra-rich hand cream made for nighttime. Wear lightweight cotton sleep gloves during the night to help cream stay on your hands, and to preserve moisture on the skin.
Use tea tree oil for cracked, sore fingers, suggests the People's Pharmacy. Apply at the first sign of cracks in the skin.
Use homeopathic remedies to reduce dryness and cracked skin on hands and fingers, recommends esteemed homeopath, William Boericke. Homeopathic petroleum is used especially to treat fingers with skin cracks--during the winter--with bleeding, dryness and peeling of the skin. Graphites is used for dryness and cracks on the hands, where there may be a sticky, honey-colored ooze coming from the sores. It is also good for hands that crack and become dry with eczema.
Treat sores that develop on the hands with calendula ointment. Very soothing and excellent for healing, calendula extract is a natural remedy derived from marigolds. The ointment is available from several homeopathic pharmacies and in health food stores.
Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Skin responds not only to what it's exposed to on the outside but also to what it receives from internal nourishment. Clean, fresh water will nourish your skin, keeping it moist.
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