How to Treat Dry Cracked Hands
If you are suffering from dry cracked hands you are not alone. Long gone are the days when we were young children with smooth soft hands. Throughout our youth, we take for granted the amazing ability our skin has to quickly heal and repair itself. As we become adults we begin to work and start to take care of children. Our responsibilities often take priority over caring for ourselves. On a daily basis we immerse our hands in various chemicals. We subject our hands to harsh treatment by simply doing our daily tasks. We take our hands for granted and before you know it they become dry and cracked. They hurt and simply lose that look of youth. You need to treat dry cracked hands as you would any other injury on the body. We should also strive to prevent dry cracked hands by taking proactive actions to help support and protect our skin from the daily harsh treatment it receives.
The Skin on Our Hands is Different
Before we can treat dry cracked hands we need to understand that the skin on our hands (and feet) is different from other places on our body. On our palms we have skin that doesn’t contain any hair and is much thicker than on other places on our body. However, the tops of our hands have skin that actually gets thinner as we age. It becomes much more obvious that the skin on our hands is different after they have been soaking in water. The rest of our skin looks normal but our hands begin to wrinkle and look like prunes. The reason this occurs is because the skin on the palms of our hands has a deeper layer of dead skin cells that makes it thicker. When soaking in water, because these cells are dead, they simply become soft and prune up rather than hydrating like the rest of the skin on our body.
To Treat Dry Cracked Hands Start When You Are Young
The damage that we see on our skin today often occurs from damage that was done years ago. If you want to prevent dry cracked hands you need to take care of them daily. This doesn’t mean you need to create some crazy daily regimen that takes more time they you will ever have on a daily basis. Simply applying a daily hand cream in the morning before you start your day and in the evening before you go to bed will go a long way to keeping your hands looking and feeling good.
It’s Never Too Late To Treat Dry Cracked Hands
If you are like most humans we rarely take preventative action and instead wait till the problem occurs before taking action. As we age our skin naturally becomes dryer and to treat dry cracked hands we need to help our bodies from both the inside and out.
To treat dry cracked hands from the inside involves proper nutrition. Our bodies rely on having the proper nutrients to function normally. You need to think of your body like a machine. To keep all of the parts functioning perfectly they need to have all the right fluids and need to be lubricated so they don’t wear over time. The same is true with our skin and even more so for the skin on our hands. The best way to help our skin from the inside is to eat a good diet of healthy natural foods that includes meeting or exceeding the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables. But if your diet is lacking in this area never underestimate the value of supplements. Antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C actively help to fight free radicals that cause skin damage. Nutrients like fish oil and vitamin D help to keep our skin looking healthy and functioning normally. A good daily vitamin is often the best solution for when your diet is lacking. As you get older you should add additional supplements that aging skin needs. Consider taking your daily vitamin in the morning and adding extra supplements during lunch and dinner. Additional Vitamin C, E, Zinc, D3 and/or fish oil could be very beneficial. Some people may even like to add supplements like glucosamine or coenzyme Q-10. This may sound like a lot of work but it is pretty simple to do once you add it to your daily routine.
To treat dry cracked hands from the outside you need a good quality hand cream. A good quality hand cream will do two things; help your skin to naturally exfoliate dead skin cells and provide nourishment for your skin. To help your skin exfoliate a good quality hand cream will often include ingredients like salicylic acid, lactic acid or glycolic acid. These ingredients are specifically added to formulations because of their ability to help the body exfoliate dead skin cells quickly. New healthy skin cells make our skin look and feel younger. Nourishing the skin from the outside is probably the most productive way to treat dry cracked hands. By providing the vitamins, minerals and proteins that our skin needs to look and feel healthy you will quickly see the benefits it has on treating dry cracked hands. A good quality hand cream will provide these nutrients through natural sources such as food based ingredients like eggs or plant based ingredients like extracts or essential oils. Many inexpensive creams will have base ingredients that contain petroleum products. Petroleum ingredients may provide some benefit from the ability to lock in moisture but they provide no long term nutritional benefit whatsoever.
It’s Easy To Treat Dry Cracked Hands
Having moist younger looking hands doesn’t have to be a chore. Simply combine some daily supplements into your diet and use a good quality daily moisturizer in the morning and at night before you go to bed. If you have a severe problem that you need to get under control you should consider wearing gloves at night after you apply the cream or apply your hand cream more often throughout the day. Once you get your routine in place in just a short time you will start to see your dry cracked hands turn moist and healthy looking again.