In addition to looking unsightly, dry cracked hands can sometimes be painful, lead to skin infection and even interfere with a person’s ability to perform daily tasks. This condition, which has several causes including use of harsh cleaning products, contact with allergens, underlying skin conditions such as eczema, and adverse weather conditions, can lead to peeling skin, thickening (also known as lichenification), weeping of the skin and ultimately open sores which are prone to infection if left unchecked.
Lotions and other moisturizing products often prove ineffective against cracked and dry hands, leaving the person suffering from this condition at a loss over what to do to get relief. Fortunately, help is available in the form of natural skin care solutions which provide much needed relief for this uncomfortable condition. The following are a few natural remedies which have proven to be highly effective in the management of dry, cracked hands that sufferers can do to get rid of this problem for good.
Rubbing almond oil into your hands before you sleep is a great way to combat dryness and scaling. Almond oil is rich in zinc, which has high anti-inflammatory properties that are ideal for healing dry skin, cuts and burns. In addition, the monounsaturated fats in this oil promote the growth of healthy skin cells and result in conditioned, supple and younger looking skin. In order to increase the effectiveness of this remedy, consider wearing cotton gloves as you go to sleep to lock in moisture and avoid the oil from rubbing off on your sheets while you are sleeping.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel has soothing and cooling properties which provide relief from cracked and chapped hands. It also contains hormones such as gibberellin, which stimulates the growth of skin cells and further assists in healing dry tissue. Further, unlike oils which lay heavily on the skin’s surface and lead to clogging, aloe vera gel is easily absorbed into the skin, which makes it easier for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to begin their healing work and relief dry and broken skin.
Oatmeal is a great gentle cleansing and exfoliating agent with properties that help to sooth inflamed and itchy skin on hands. Further, its high protein levels help to prevent the skin from losing water and keep it moisturized which further aids with dryness.
Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E oil has high antioxidant properties that are useful for reducing inflammation, healing dry skin and filling in fissures and cracks that appear on your hands. If you plan to use this remedy, use two vitamin E capsules, cut them in half and apply them to the affected parts of your hands.
Dry and cracked hands can be a nuisance and make it difficult to perform tasks which can be immensely frustrating. However, by using a few simple and readily available natural ingredients, you can reverse the adverse effects of this condition, and keep your hands smooth, supple and healthy.