Cracked hands are a common problem caused by over exposure to water and chemicals in soaps, dry and harsh winters or constant friction. All of these sap the moisture from the skin and irritate it leading to reddish, cracked and callused hands. The first step to turning your cracked hands back to normal and then soft and smooth would be to protect them from further harm.
Preventive Measures To Cure Cracked Hands
Avoid Abrasive Soaps
Chemicals in soaps and detergents lead to skin infections and remove the natural oils from your skin as well. Use cleansers which contain moisturizing properties for washing hands.
Mild hand washes which are soap free and gentle and deposit a protective moisturizing layer are ideal. Try to use a salon for hair washes as shampooing your hair yourself might further worsen the condition of your hands.
Wear Gloves And Avoid Exposing Hands To Water
Cracked hands should be protected from further damage by water by wearing rubber gloves while having to do chores like washing dishes etc.Also if possible try to avoid doing chores which require handling of water. Keep your hands exposure to water as minimum as possible and do not use too cold or too warm water.
Use A Humidifier At Home
Using an AC or a heater at home further zaps away moisture and dries your skin leading to dry itchy skin. Keeping a humidifier helps to retain moisture and keep your skin well hydrated.
Use Creams Liberally
After every wash apply a hand cream or a layer of petroleum jelly to your cracked hands.Also make it a point to apply a liberal dose of hand cream and put on cotton gloves before going to sleep in the night.
Protect your skin from the sun by applying sunscreen on your hands too.This prevents aging of hands and of course provides protection from the drying rays of the sun.
Use gloves In cold Weather
Don’t forget to wear woollen or leather gloves while venturing out into the cold.
Natural Treatments To Cure Cracked Hands
Hand creams which promise to convert cracked hands into smooth soft hands abound in the market but it’s easier, safer, and cheaper to use these home remedies to achieve the same.
Before using a cream/lotion use a natural scrub to get rid of dead dry cells. You can simply use powdered oatmeal as a scrub or prepare an oatmeal scrub by mixing papaya, honey, powdered almonds and oatmeal together and massaging hands gently with this scrubs.
Aloe Vera Lotion
Aloe Vera gel when applied to cracked hands helps heal them fast as it has antiseptic and healing properties and moisturizes dry skin.
Olive Oil Treatment
You can also use extra virgin olive oil to treat dry cracked and chapped skin. You can add essential oils to it. Other oils like almond oil, coconut oil will do the trick too.
Shea Butter Hand Cream
Mix together melted beeswax and Shea butter in the ratio of 1:2. Add a few drops of primrose oil and any other essential oil. Combine all of these together and let it cool. This can then be used as a very effective cream for treating cracked hands.
Cocoa Butter Hand Cream
Combine melted beeswax and cocoa butter in the ratio of 1:1. Add a few drops of almond oil and essential oil to it and mix it well. Let it cool and harden. Use as a hand cream frequently.