Hand Care for Dry Skin

hand care for dry skin dermatologist's tips

Simple hand care for dry skin is really important to prevent chapping. I often see dry hands doing routine skin exams. Surprisingly, many people don't really understand the simple changes in hand care that could prevent rough and dry hand skin. It's easy. Here are the hand skin care tips that I teach my patients. They work fast and are a game changer, especially during winter or if your hard-working hands are prone to dryness. 

Dermatologist's tips to prevent and heal dry, chapped hands

dermatologist's hand cream to prevent dry skin

The two most important steps to fix dry, chapped hand skin are:

  1. First, stop washing your hands with harsh soaps.
  2. Second, use a good hand moisturizer and apply it right after washing.

Three additional tips for your hand care if you suffer from dry hands (aka irritant hand eczema):

  1. Minimize the use of hand sanitizers, especially on the back of your hands where skin is thinner.
  2. Use warm instead of hot water to wash your hands.
  3. Protect your hands from cold and windy weather, or harsh chemicals and solvents, by wearing gloves.

Here are the details so that you can better understand how to put these tips into action:

Why it is important to use only mild soaps that rinse easily off of your hand skin. Use warm water not hot water to wash your hands.

Notice how hot water gets the grease off pots and pans? Your hand skin is too fragile. Use warm water. It gets soap off without stripping your skin’s natural oils – especially if you use a gentle hand soap.

Lather up only the palm side of your hand when you wash your hands. 

It’s thicker and can take more washing than the thin skin on the back of your hands. Be sure to get soap out from behind your rings and between your fingers. Unless you have gotten the back of your hands into germs or grime, you really only need to wash your palms because they are the part of your hand skin that usually touches things.

Use a good moisturizer right after toweling hands dry after washing. 

We call this time "the magic 3 minutes" and it really is magic for preventing dry skin; water soaked up into skin during washing is trapped and can't evaporate when you apply a moisturizer right after toweling dry. - Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey

best hand cream for dry skinChoose a moisturizer that is not slippery. You get even better results if there is a barrier-ingredient to help protect delicate hand skin from chapping such as dimethicone. 

My Dry Skin Hand Cream is a favorite. It contains dimethicone and glycerin, which both do a great job. Hand skin loves it and there is never a greasy feel or slippery! My hands crave this cream.

best natural hand and face body lotion for dry skinAnother great option is my Natural Lotion
It goes from head to toe so it’s a multi-purpose moisturizer made more effective because it is rich in coconut oil, 
glycerin, and aloe vera. I keep this in my bathroom for when I step out of the shower.

 Check out Bag Balm - The best hand moisturizer for extremely chapped hands here.If your hands are really chapped, give them a therapeutic drink with Bag Balm Ointment covered with cotton gloves. Bag Balm will soften the driest and cracked hand skin of even the worst irritant hand eczema.

Dry hand skin is such a common problem that I’ve created three kits to give you the right products to prevent it.

These hand care kits include my instructions – straight from a dermatologist - so they also make thoughtful gifts.
Survival Kit for Busy Hands (Bar Soap, Dry Skin Hand Repair Cream) get rid of dry skin
Dry Hand Skin Repair Kit (Bar Soap, Dry Skin Hand Cream, Bag Balm and Cotton Gloves – it’s the 911 for severely chapped hand skin) dry hand repair kit

You can also buy the dermatologist-recommend hand care product you need individually:

All Natural Hypoallergenic Bar Soap

The perfect unscented hand cleanser - keep one at EVERY sink where you might wash your hands just to be safe.

Best natural hand soap
Dry Skin Hand Cream

Keep one in your bag, at every sink where you regularly wash – I keep one in the pocket of my lab coat because my hands crave this cream.
Get dry skin hand cream here!

Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion

Set this on your bathroom counter, and you’ll moisturize your hands and body when you step out of the shower. Keep it at every sink if you want only the best all-natural hand cream for your hand care.

Natural hand and face body lotion.