Our hands are one the most used body parts of our body that we have next to our feet. We do nearly everything with our hands, we eat, cook, put our clothes on, wash them, wash dishes, type on our computer keyboards and many other things throughout our busy days. While we don’t all suffer from dry hands, many of us do.
Your hands have to endure the most elements, chemicals, and varying temperatures throughout the day, more than any other part of your body. So when their skin is dry and cracked, it can be hard to ignore. Chances are good your environment plays a leading role in your dry hands. Winter winds can dehydrate skin; cold and flu season means washing up frequently; and some careers may involve constant exposure to skin-parching chemicals or repeated submersion in water. We can’t banish winter or stop washing our hands. But we can give them softening nourishment with the right skin care routine and right products.
Typically people who suffer from dry hands tend to wash their hands several times a day, due to dish washing, hygienic habits, or work environments that require frequent hand washing. In other situations, people who live in dry climates are also susceptible to dry hands because of the lack of moisture in the air, although these are not the only reasons.
The skin barrier is a mix of proteins, lipids, and oils. It protects your skin, and how good a job it does is mostly about your genes. If you have a weak barrier, you’re more prone to symptoms of sensitive skin, such as itching, inflammation, and eczema. Your hands are also more likely to become very dry in winter. If you had from chapped hands last year, you may be more likely to have that happen again every winter.