Summary of the issue

Dry hands: what can you do about it?

The cold, the use of hydroalcoholic gels or soaps that are too harsh can dry out and irritate our hands. As a result, the skin becomes visibly red and feels tight. How can you make it soft again? Here is our advice.

Hands that are used every day

The skin on the hands is one of the thinnest areas of the body - but also one of the most exposed. In the cold (especially if you don't wear gloves in winter), in the humidity, but not only that. For your health, it is recommended that you wash your hands regularly. A simple habit that impacts hydration. Hydroalcoholic gels, while effective in keeping viruses away, also dry out the natural protective film. The same goes for soaps that are too harsh and can dry out your skin, especially if they are combined with water that is too hard.

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How do you take care of dry hands?

Are your hands dry? Perhaps you need to adjust your washing and skincare habits? When it comes to hygiene, a few basic rules apply. They consist of 4 steps:

  • To wash your hands, use a soap-free product or a cleansing oil that suits your skin;
  • Warm water is preferable to hot water, which is too drying;
  • Avoid rubbing your hands to dry them. This could irritate them more. To wipe yourself clean, tap them;
  • Finish with a concentrated hand cream for optimal effectiveness, at least 3 times a day, and don’t forget at night for better skin renewal.

The hydroalcoholic gel makes my hands so dry, that to take care of them, I have a tube of hand cream in my office, in my car and in my bag.


A Cold Cream to boost nutrition

How about a little pampering and comfort for your hands? With this in mind, cold cream will be your go-to. A few days of this routine with this very nourishing product will soothe tightness.

A quick tip: Maintain the results by applying the Cold Cream hand cream at least once a day, especially in the evening for a greater effect. And to get rid of cuticles, you know, that unpleasant skin, massage the area around your nails... always using Cold Cream.

What are the best skincare products for very dry hands?

If your hands are very dry, an intensive product is a must. Don't worry, an "intensive product" is necessary, but it must be gentle... Here are 2 methods:

Cotton gloves

To restore the softness of your hands, start by applying (generously) a Cold Cream. Then slip them in cotton gloves or silk gloves and sleep with them on. In the morning, you will notice a clear improvement.

The "cling film" option

If you don't want to wait overnight and need a quick result, apply the Cold Cream again, but this time wrap your hands in cling film. Keep them warm, under a blanket for example, for 30 to 45 minutes. Just as long as it takes to watch an episode of your favourite series...

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Give your hands a second skin

If your hands are very dry or are exposed to various substances in the workplace, they may need attention. For this, an insulating restorative hand cream can be the solution. By wrapping your hands in a water-resistant protective film, it will give them a second skin and help restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Ideal after frequent washing, or repeated use of hydroalcoholic solutions.

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