Here’s another daily tip from your local dermatologist.
Dry cracked hands, they can get all of us, and they can be painful, I mean the cracks can get so big, that they affect everything you do. So here’s a couple of tips to help you take care of your dry cracked hands.
Number one, please only wash your hands with soap and water when you can see dirt on your hands. If you just got done using the bathroom and you can’t see any dirt, the waterless hand sanitizers will sanitize your hands better than soap and water, and without drying them as much. Now I know a lot of you say, “Yeah, but Reagan they all have alcohol, that has to dry.” And you’re correct, they all have an alcohol content of 60% or greater. But the studies have shown they do not dry your hands out as much as soap and water. And you can even get ones that have built-in moisturizers, so not only you’re sanitizing, you’re also moisturizing at the same time.
Tip number two, anytime you’re cleaning, whether those are the dishes or the sink, please use those big dish gloves that come up to here. That’ll keep the solvents and the soaps off your hands, and help keep them more moist. Tip number three, use a good moisturizer. And I personally like either the CeraVe creams or the CeraVe healing ointments. Vanna Cream has a wonderful cream and Cetaphil has some wonderful creams as well. The goopier, the better.
And the best time to put them on is right before you go to sleep at night. So put those on, and then get some white cotton gloves that you can get at the pharmacy for a dollar, put those over top and fall asleep. I guess the gloves are going to be somewhere in the bed in the next minute or two, but at least you’ll have some good moisture to your hands when you need it.
Dr. Reagan Anderson is a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.