How to Take Care of Very Dry Hands
Chafing, peeling, flaking, itching and cracked skin are all signs of very dry hands. Very dry skin is not only unsightly, it is also painful. APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.) explains that lipid loss contributes to dry skin. Skin that contains a shortage of lipids has no moisture barrier. Environmental factors often contribute to this lipid loss, which allows moisture to escape at the skin’s surface. Special care can help heal your skin and relieve your very dry hands.
Fill a basin with warm water. Soak your hands in the warm water for 10 to 15 minutes prior to bedtime.
Pat your hands dry with a soft towel after soaking. Apply a hand cream that contains petroleum jelly, mineral oil, glycerin or silicone to the very dry skin on your hands.
Slip a pair of cotton gloves or socks over your hands. The cotton coverings will help keep moisture in and prevent the hand cream from rubbing off on your bedding as you sleep.
Repeat the process nightly in order to moisturize your dry skin. Applying the cream to your dry hands several times a day is also helpful.
Reduce exposure to environmental elements that can cause your skin to become dry. Wearing winter gloves when you are out in the cold can help. Also, wearing work gloves when gardening and rubber gloves for washing dishes can also reduce dryness.
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