Do you have rough, cracked, dry hands? Think you can’t do anything about it? Think again!
Even if you’re working construction every day, or have your hands constantly in water, you can take steps to help protect and soothe your hands, so that you can feel more comfortable. We'll show you what causes these issues and the best natural remedies for dry hands.
What Causes Dry Hands to Crack and Bleed?
We all know that our hands suffer when we expose them to bad weather, lots of water, dirt, chemicals, and the sun, but why is this, exactly?
The most common cause of dry, cracked skin is a compromised outer layer. Skin is made to hold onto moisture and to naturally rejuvenate itself, but exposure to the sun, cold air, wind, dirt, chemicals, and more, can gradually damage this layer, so that skin can no longer hold onto moisture.
Damaged skin is also more vulnerable to environmental pollutants and UV radiation, which can accelerate dryness and aging.
The following factors can all contribute to a damaged, compromised outer layer in skin:
Dry Air Environment
Air such as that which occurs in dry climates and during the cold, winter months, saps moisture out of the skin.
Washing Your Hands Too Often
People who constantly have to wash their hands or immerse their hands in water experience a loss of moisture, as the water steals the skin’s natural moisturizing oils away.
Prolong Periods of Chemicals Exposure
People who work with chemicals on a daily basis, or who regularly use chemical-based household cleaners, often have severely chapped hands. These chemicals rob the skin of its own moisture, and damage the outer layer, leaving skin vulnerable to all kinds of problems.