Preventing dry skin
Good hygiene is essential. With the rise of dangerous bugs such as swine flu and avian flu, it is more important than ever to wash your hands thoroughly. However, hand washing and the use of antibacterial hand lotions are among the greatest causes of dry skin on the hands. If you regularly suffer from dry skin, then make sure that you use a gentle product.
Carex antibacterial liquid soaps are specially formulated to be kind to your skin. The favourite products from this leading soap and handwash label include Carex Nature Protect Sensitive Handwash. It is readily available from good UK supermarkets and chemists. Radox Gentle Handwash with Lavender and Rosemary is another effective handwash for sufferers of dry skin.
Treating sore, cracked hands
Always moisturise your hands after washing. Moreover, be extra careful to apply a rich cream after doing household chores such as cleaning the bathroom or washing up. Good hand creams for very dry skin include Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream and Burts Bees Shea Butter Hand cream. Both products can be purchased from major High Street chemists and cosmetics stores including Boots and Superdrug.
You do not have to splash out on expensive hand creams to improve dry skin on the hands. Ordinary moisturisers and body lotions can be just as effective as hand creams in the fight against chapped hands.
Plain, unperfumed creams and lotions such as E45 and Cetraben, are ideal for combating severe dry skin on feet and hands. They are much cheaper than branded hand and body creams. Your pharmacist will be able to give you advice on these products and will be able to suggest similar alternatives.
Whichever emollient cream that you choose, be sure to apply it liberally before going to bed. In this way, you will wake up with soft, smooth hands. One of the best tips for dry skin is to wear gloves after applying hand cream. This will help to keep the moisture locked-in.
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