5 Ways to Prevent Dry Hands

Soap and water may be two of our best friends lately, but they can wreak havoc on our hands, stripping away our natural protective oils. Keep singing that Happy Birthday song, though – twice – to wash away the germs, which is more important than ever. Just add a few extra steps to your routine to give your hands some much-needed TLC.

  1. After you wash your hands, pat them dry rather than rubbing them, which can irritate your skin.
  2. Leave a small amount of dampness, then immediately use a hand cream to seal in the moisture. Ideally, your hand creams should not include irritants, like retinol or other anti-aging serums, allergens or fragrances.
  3. Opt for a hand cream over a lotion. Body lotions tend to be water-based, which can further dry out your skin as the water evaporates. Creams are often oil-based and will moisturize better.
  4. Run a humidifier; it’ll keep the air (and in turn, your skin) moist in your home.
  5. Nighttime is a great time to give your skin a rest. Put on a really thick cream and a pair of cotton gloves, if you can, to seal in the moisture. That downtime while you’re not washing your hands frequently can help restore your skin.

One more tip: The water doesn’t need to be hot to be effective! Hot water is harsher on your hands, and warm (even cold) water works just as good as long as its paired with soap and you wash for 20 seconds.


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