Do you have rough, cracked, dry hands? We know your pain. You’re a hardworking gal who isn’t afraid of getting down and dirty.
You have tons to do and are constantly using your hands to accomplish your many tasks — whether that means a career that involves working with your hands day-in and day-out, carrying your baby from here to there, or just plain doing chores around the house.
Having dry hands is common, and the work that you do is most likely causing them to suffer extra. And although dry hands aren’t technically a “dangerous” condition, they can definitely be a very irritating one! That’s where SiO Beauty comes in to help.
The beauty experts at SiO share everything you need to know about dry hands — from causes and symptoms to prevention and care. It’s time to figure out how to better protect your hardworking hands.
Causes Of Dry Hands
There are a number of factors that contribute to the drying out of the delicate skin of your hands. Cold weather, for example, can cause extremely dry and cracked hands.
When the outer layer of your hand skin is compromised, dry, scaly skin is a common result. Your skin is designed to hold onto moisture and naturally rejuvenate itself, but exposure to elements such as the sun, cold air, wind, and chemicals can gradually damage your outer layer of skin, making it unable to hold onto that moisture.
To protect your hands, you first need to ensure that they’re getting enough moisture. Sometimes, lotion just doesn’t cut it. The doctor-approved SiO HandLift patches hydrate, firm, and tighten the skin on the top of your hands that, over time, show your age the most.
Created with the highest quality medical-grade silicone, SiO beauty patches are designed to hug your skin. They promote your skin’s natural ability to retain moisture and help to boost collagen production, reducing the appearance of wrinkles to visibly smooth and firm your skin.
It’s a seriously smooth touch to rejuvenate your overworked hands.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a closer look at the various causes of dry hands.
Air, especially the dry air that blows during the colder months of the year, has the potential to suck all of the valuable moisture out of your hands.
If you’re constantly exposed to cruel, cold, dry air, be sure to protect your hands with a thick, quality moisturizer before and after heading outside and into the elements.
Be sure to bundle up by wearing gloves, too! Gloves help to retain the moisture in your skin by locking in all of those essential oils from your moisturizer that would otherwise dry out.
People who constantly have to wash their hands or immerse their hands in water — a server or chef at a restaurant, for example — experience a loss of moisture, as the water steals their skin’s natural oils away.
As beneficial as it is to keep your hands clean, be sure to always use a hand soap that is specifically formulated with soothing moisturizers. And remember to moisturize after every hand wash to keep the skin of your hands glowing and younger-looking.
Hot Baths And Showers
Taking long, hot showers or baths feels amazing but can seriously dry out your skin. Extra hot water strips your skin of its natural oils and can promote common skin problems, like eczema, worse.
Prolonged exposure to hot water can also increase dryness and itching even in people who do not have eczema. Opt to keep those hot showers cooler and shorter for skin-friendly results.
If you work with chemicals on a daily basis or regularly use chemical-based household cleaners, you may notice that you often have severely chapped hands. These chemicals rob your skin of its own natural moisture and damage the outer layer, leaving it vulnerable to all kinds of skin and dry-hand problems.
Your skin is also defenseless against naturally occurring chemicals, like environmental pollutants and Ultraviolet radiation. Overexposure to these things can accelerate skin aging and leave you with dry hands.
Old-fashioned soap bars are super drying to your skin! Many of today’s commercial cleansers and hand soaps also disrupt your skin’s normal integrity, which slows its repair process and creates dryness and cracking.
Symptoms Of Dry Hands
You may be wondering whether your hands are chronically dry of just need a little extra TLC. Well, it could be both. Dry skin is often temporary but has the potential of becoming a lifelong condition.
Signs and symptoms of chronic dry skin depend on your age, your health, where you live, how much time you spend outdoors, and the root of the problem.
However, dry skin typically causes one or more of the following symptoms regardless of the factors above. Be on the lookout for:
- A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing, or swimming
- Skin that feels and looks rough
- Chronic itching
- Slight to severe flaking, scaling, or peeling of your hand skin
- Fine lines or cracks
- Gray, ashy skin
- Deep cracks that may bleed
If you suffer from any — or many — of these symptoms, there are a number of steps you can take to mitigate the problem and treat dry hands.
Dry Hand Prevention And Care
Despite your best efforts, sometimes dry hands are unavoidable. In order to protect your hands, you must work to keep them as hydrated and healthy as possible.
If you’re experiencing uncomfortably dry hands, here’s what you can do to help them heal.
We may have mentioned this before, but it’s so important that we’ll mention it again! To keep your hands as soft and nourished as possible, use a moisturizing cream after every wash to help restore the natural moisture to your skin.
There are also several oils, such as coconut oil, that you can use to achieve similar results.
You probably know the importance of exfoliating your face, but maybe you sometimes neglect exfoliating your hands. What you may not realize is that the skin on your hands — especially on the backs of them — is thin, fragile, and more susceptible to damage than some areas of your face!
If your hands are severely dry and calloused, try exfoliating a few times each week with a gentle pumice to remove dead skin.
You can also put about 1-2 tablespoons of sugar on your hands, add in some olive oil, and rub both the fronts and backs of your hands to loosen up that dry, dull skin. Don’t forget to apply moisturizing lotion immediately after.
Use A Humidifier
Using a humidifier can be a lifesaver when it comes to your skin, especially during the dry winter months. The most important place to have a humidifier is in your bedroom so that you can take advantage of it while you sleep.
Apply Pure Aloe
Aloe is a natural product that basically serves as a miracle worker when it comes to providing moisture. Apply aloe to the delicate skin on your hands to boost moisture and improve your skin’s texture.
Take Advantage Of Oats
Both cooked and raw oats are great for chapped or cracked hands. Add a cup of oats to your bathwater, or mix it with some warm olive or jojoba oil in a basin and soak your hands in it for 10-15 minutes.
Hydrate At Night
One of the best remedies for dry hands is to treat them while you sleep — the only time you don’t have to lift a finger!
Apply SiO Beauty HandLift patches to the dry-prone backs of your hands before heading to bed. They’re like the equivalent of invisible silk gloves! (Expert tip: you can also wear SiO’s reusable HandLift patches during the day for a quick boost of hydration!)
For the areas of your hands that are still exposed after applying your SiO patches, slather on some lotion or a petroleum-based moisturizer around the patches. After, cover your hands with a pair of soft gloves or socks.
Trapping moisture and rebuilding your skin using SiO’s HandLift patches combined with some moisturizer on the skin not covered by the patches will help you wake up with baby-smooth hands.
Wave Goodbye To Your Dry Hands
Dry hands can be frustrating, but you don’t have to deal with them forever! Follow this guide and try SiO Beauty's smoothing patches to keep your hands looking young, healthy, and hydrated.