How to Heal Dry, Cracked Hands

This is a sponsored post written for Neutrogena. I was compensated and provided complimentary products for this post. All opinions are my own.

Anyone who knows me knows that winter isn't my favorite season.  I love fall, summer, and spring, in that order.  Me and winter don't get along.  I think I was supposed to be born somewhere tropic, but instead I found myself in Ohio.  Although last year was a light winter, this winter is proving to be more brutal.  I don't like the shorter days, I don't like the cold, and I really don't like the dry skin.  In the winter, my skin gets so dry that it can start to crack and bleed if I'm not careful.  I have to use some seriously hydrating producing in the winter, so that's why I use Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream.  Keep reading to learn how to heal dry, cracked hands.




How to Heal Dry, Cracked Hands


Dry air can cause your skin to get dry.  In the winter, our homes are typically drier due to the lower temperatures.  Your heating source could also contribute to dry skin.  We burn wood and have a propane furnace, so our air tends to be drier than with other types of heat.  We do set a water steamer on top of the wood stove, but the air is still very dry.  When I start seeing static cling on my clothes, I know that my trouble with dry skin is near.  

1.  Add moisture to the air.  


If possible, add a humidifier to your furnace and keep it at 45-55 percent with the heat at 68 degrees.  

2.  Avoid hot showers.  


I know how good a hot shower can feel when you're cold, but it strips your skin of its moisture.  Keep your shower water lukewarm and limit showers to 5 minutes in the winter.  When washing your hands, keep the water lukewarm instead of hot.

3.  Use moisturizing soaps.  


Use a soap high in fats and oils in the winter to protect your skin.  Harsh soaps can strip your skin of its oils, which makes your skin dry and itchy.

4.  Don't dry your hands completely.  


When you shower or wash your hands, don't dry them off completely.  Leave some of the water behind to soak in to your skin.

5.  Wear gloves.  


Where gloves every time you go outside.  They will help prevent moisture loss.  

6.  Moisturize.  


When your hands get dry and cracked, it's important to add moisture back into your skin.  

I prefer to use Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream because it's designed for dry, chapped hands.  Since it was developed in Norway for the Arctic fisherman to protect their hands, I know it can handle an Ohio winter.


What makes this hand cream difference is because it moisturizes and provides a protective barrier for the skin.  It works on 7 different signs of damage: chapping, dryness, cracking, dry cuticles, split nails, roughness, and scaliness.


What I love is that it lasts up to 17 hours!  This means that I don't need to keep applying it over and over again all day.  I can use it in the morning and in the evening before I go to bed.

Do you suffer from dry, cracked hands?

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