Whether we’ve been doing more than our fair share of the washing up, enduring the bitter cold of winter or our skin is just that way inclined, we all suffer from dry hands at one time or another. And as annoying as chapped hands are, there’s a simple solution: hand cream – and lots of it. Keep your hardworking hands looking and feeling their best with our tips for smooth and nourished skin… after all, where would we be without them?
Dry, chapped hands have it rough enough, so if you suffer from this regularly, show them some compassion when you’re doing the housework. Make sure you protect your hands with gloves whenever you’re encountering anything that could irritate your skin, especially when washing up or cleaning the bathroom
This almost goes without saying but moisturise often – keep a nourishing cream on your desk, by your bed, in your handbag and by the sink, so you remember to apply it throughout the day (plus, that way you always have one nearby when you need it)
Look for glycerin.
Often the best hand cream for dry hands contains glycerin, so look out for it when you’re scanning the ingredients’ list. It’s a humectant (which means it helps to retain water), so it locks moisture into your skin, keeping it hydrated and soft. You can find it in our Goodness3 Indulgent Hand Cream
Try an overnight treatment for dry hands.
Give them a generous coating of a rich hand cream just before you go to sleep and top it with a pair of cotton gloves. They’ll spend all night soaking up its goodness and you’ll wake up with soft, smooth skin
Change with the seasons.
In winter, change your hand cream like you would any other body moisturiser – the cold and wind means your skin needs extra nourishment, so swap your regular one for something richer, like Dove Intensive Nourishment Hand Cream
Choose a caring hand wash.
You don’t need harsh products to keep your hands clean – if you suffer from dry hands, make sure you’re looking after them by using a gentle hand wash that also has moisturising properties.