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: What is the best remedy for dry, cracked hands?

Answer: The winter months can definitely take a toll on your dear skin—leaving it dry, dull, cracked, or even (gasp!) bleeding. No one wants that! Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to help remedy your poor, damaged hands.

1. Applying moisturizer to your hands may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s a definite must that shouldn’t be overlooked. One of the best tricks for locking in hand lotion is to slap on a pretty hefty amount, then wear a pair of fabric gloves to bed. This will allow the lotion to really do its job. Plus, if you get into the habit of using gloves during hand-intensive activities like washing dishes, you’ll totally reap the benefits. Nina Sutton (TV host, author, and renown beauty expert of SheKnows), shares her wisdom: “I always use gloves to wash the dishes, do housework—anything! This is vital when it comes to protecting your hands from chemicals and water”.

2. If you’re looking for an intensive hand lotion, try Corn Huskers Lotion. It comes in a very old school vintage bottle, which makes sense, as it’s been around for ages (ask your grandparents, they’ve probably used it)! This lotion was developed with the idea in mind that heavy-duty lotion needs to be used by people who are constantly working their hands to the bone—like corn huskers. If you have cracked, dry skin, this lotion will soak in and transform your hands, making them soft and supple.

3. Pay close attention to how often you wash your hands, as constant washings will seriously dry them out. If it’s absolutely necessary to wash often (for example, if you work in the health care or food industries), by all means, continue to do so! We’re just saying you need to lotion up after washings. Expert Nina Sutton also recommends using lotion frequently: “I place a tube of lotion in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in my car, in my purse—everywhere! Slather on hand cream often; especially after washing your hands”.

4. Raw, unrefined shea butter is a real dry skin saver, and will help moisturize dry, damaged skin in no time.

5. Look for ingredients like glycerol stearate and lanolin. These are also known as emollients, which help lubricate the skin.

6. Don’t forget to exfoliate those hands—exfoliation is another great trick Nina Sutton swears by: “Use a gentle exfoliator on your hands 1-2 times per week to remove the dry, dull top layer of skin (allowing your hands to better absorb any cream or treatment you apply). This way, you are not stripping your hands of precious moisture. I like formulas that are moisturizing and exfoliating, such as L’Occitaine’s One Minute Hand Scrub, which contains shea oil and sugar”.

Dry hands are no fun, so be sure to take care of your hands—as tough as it may be to remember! It’s time to get those babies looking (and feeling) smooth.