7 Effective Solutions for Rough & Overworked Hands

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Are they dry, cracked and sore to the touch? Do they bleed easily and hurt when you wash them? If you answered yes then you have rough and overworked hands. They may only be ten fingers and two palms, but they are essential to our everyday lives and activities. As such, you should take extremely good care of them. At Workman’s Friend we certainly know there are many ways to treatment rough and overworked hands beyond simply moisturizing. The following is a brief list of the different ways to do so.      

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Avoid Soap 

Avoid using soap on your hands. This simple cleanser can be extremely drying on your skin. Before use, read the labels of your soap dispensers and bottles. Stay away from the formulations that contain fragrances, preservatives and sulfates. All three of these ingredients are drying. Foaming and antibacterial formulations are also prone to stripping skin of its own natural oils and fat which protect the outer layers. Instead, opt for a moisturizing cleanser and make sure you rinse thoroughly before drying.

Stay Away From Hand Dryers

They may save money and help the environment, but hand or hot-air dryers can harm your skin. The heat and the low-moisture air act as drying agents on your hands. Instead, when you’re finished washing your hands, pat-dry them with some toilet paper or shake them dry, then apply moisturizer.

Exfoliate

You may have heard about exfoliating your face and your body, but don’t overlook your hands. Many people don’t realize that the skin on the back of their hands is delicate and thin, thereby making it more susceptible to damage. If your hands are calloused and dry, try using a pumice stone to soften them up after bathing then apply moisturizer.

Apply Cream

One of the best ways to take care of your hands is by applying cream. A simple layer of Workman’s Friend Skin Barrier Hand Cream will leave your hands feeling supple and smooth. Our hands have the least amount of oil glands of our entire body. As a result it’s important to keep them well hydrated. In addition, they are the most exposed part of our body to wind, rain, sun, heat and cold. All of these elements can wreak havoc on our skin producing dry, itchy and cracked hands.

Wear Gloves

You’ve heard the expression: the best treatment is prevention. That applies to your hands as well. It may seem like a bit extreme, but wearing gloves whether you’re out on the job, gardening, washing the dishes or changing your car’s oil can protect them. Buy a pair of gloves that are made of either cotton or leather not vinyl, as they can make your skin even drier.

If your hands are severely dry and damaged you may even consider wearing gloves to bed at night. Apply a thick layer of a heavy-duty moisturizing cream and then either put some sort of mitt or Ziploc bag over each hand. The most important point is to make sure you use some sort of cover to lock-in the moisture. In the morning, rinse-off your hands.

Humidify

The winter or throughout the year in dryer climates it is recommended to buy a humidifier. Simply add water to this machine and have it running in your home or office throughout the day. This can be a life-saver for people who have very dry and rough skin any time of the year. Remember, the most important place for a humidifier is your bedroom. This will allow your body to soak up moisture while it sleeps.

Give Them a Hand

Considering what our hands do for us, it is only fitting that we give back and treat them with kindness. Regardless whether your hands are dry, cracked or sore, it’s important that you read the warning signals and treat your ten fingers and two palms accordingly. Chemical products, dry air, soap and water tend to be the main causes of rough hands. If you can limit your contact with these items, or take preventative care then your hands will thank you.

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Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream is a light-weight and odorless hand cream perfect for anybody who wants to protect their hands. A simple application of our moisturizing, light, and non-greasy formula means your hands will look and feel good.
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