What causes dry skin on hands?

There are many different factors affecting how dry, rough and uncomfortable our hands can feel.

Why do my hands feel so dry?

Whatever we choose to do with our lives, our hands take on the brunt of the work. As they’re constantly busy with different tasks, they’re exposed to a variety of different temperatures and conditions. This can really take its toll and leave the skin on the hands feeling dry, rough and even cracked.

When it comes to skin care, the skin on the hands is all too often forgotten about, despite the fact that it’s as fragile as the skin on our face in some places. It’s about time we started appreciating our hands and giving them the care they deserve.

If your insides are dehydrated, your hands will be too!

A lot of people forget how healthy-looking skin is a result of hydration on the inside – the skin on your hands is no exception. For smooth, hydrated hands make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.

5 common causes of dry skin on hands

  • Cold & windy weather conditions
  • Exposure to UVA/UVB rays
  • Chemicals in household cleaning products
  • Washing hands too frequently
  • Home heating & air conditioning systems

What can you do about dry skin on hands?

Dry hands can be a real nuisance – find out how to restore them for hands that look and feel healthy again.

How to treat dry skin on hands

Preventing dry hands isn’t always easy, but by using the right dry skin remedies, it’s possible to give them the moisture they need.

If your line of work means your hands are constantly exposed to rough materials and the elements, finding a good hand cream to use regularly is essential.

Hands need exfoliating too

When it comes to exfoliating, the hands are often neglected, despite the fact that hand skin is thinner than certain parts of the face. Regularly exfoliating your hands will get rid of dead skin cells to reveal the fresher ones underneath – so you can say goodbye to dry, flaky skin.

5 tips for preventing dry skin on hands

Avoid using hand-dryers

Drying your hands under a hot hand-dryer may seem tempting at the time, but the extreme heat and rush of air can dehydrate the hands and even make them feel irritated. Keep a pack of tissues in your handbag for drying your hands on the go.

Wash up with rubber gloves

Washing up is a part of everyday life for most people, but few realise how immersing your hands in the hot water for an extended period of time can really dry them out. Pop on a pair of rubber gloves and you’ll have sparkling dishes without the dry hands.

Invest in a humidifier

Increasing the humidity levels in your home can really help to combat dry skin on hands. Dry air can cause your skin to lose a lot of moisture, especially in the rooms you spend a lot of time in. A humidifier can help to replace that moisture for hands that look much healthier.

Don’t over-wash your hands

Washing your hands too regularly with hot water can leave them feeling dry and uncomfortable. Try to use warm water instead of hot water when you can and always make sure the hand wash you use is gentle on the skin.

Apply a deep treatment overnight

If the skin on your hands is ultra-dry, try applying a deep moisturising treatment overnight. Applying a generous amount of NIVEA Creme before popping on a pair of gloves before you go to sleep will ensure that the moisture is locked in and absorbs as it should.