This is one of the most common problems, which becomes more acute, especially during the autumn and winter season. Dry and cracked hands not only look unsightly, but also burn and make it difficult to perform everyday activities. Many people immediately run to a cosmetician’s, forgetting that it is worth fighting the problem ourselves first. Effective ways to treat dry and cracked hands are described in our guide.
Start by changing your soap
Look at the composition of the soap you are currently washing your hands with. Does it contain aggressive detergents, artificial colourings and fragrances? If so, it’s time for a change. Choose a soap with a natural composition, such as the famous Aleppo soap, which you can buy in any bio-cosmetics shop. It has moisturising and cleansing properties while not irritating your skin.
It is best to wash your hands in lukewarm or slightly warm, but not hot water. The lower temperature causes the blood vessels to dilate, so the skin is better circulated and nourished.
It is also advisable to apply a moisturising cream after every time you wash dry and cracked hands.
If your hands are prone to dryness and cracking, it is essential to wear protective gloves when doing the housework, especially when washing the dishes and the toilet. Contact with strong detergents has an irritating effect on the skin, which results in unpleasant dermatological problems. After cleaning up, apply moisturizing cream to your hands.
Beware of the sun
Contrary to what you might think, the sun can be harsh during the autumn/winter season, which also leads to hand irritation. If you don’t wear gloves (and it’s a good idea to do so even in plus temperatures), be sure to protect your hands with UV sunscreen – especially if you are planning a long walk.
When you return to a warm room, apply an oily cream with nourishing ingredients to your hands as soon as possible and then put on thin cotton gloves. After 15 minutes, your hands will look much better. Use this method at night too.
A good way to deal with dry and cracked hands is also to prepare regeneration baths on a regular basis. 3-4 times a week, immerse your hands in water with linseed and olive oil. A 10-minute bath is enough to see a noticeable improvement.