7 Effective Solutions for Rough & Overworked Hands

Are your hard-working hands dry, cracked and sore to the touch? Do your highly-active hands 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 Traditional Soaps  

Avoid using traditional 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. If you do need a good hand cleaner, we recommend Workman's Friend Hand Cleaner with Activated Charcoal. The formulation in this hand cleaner will clean deep into your pores and moisturize your skin, leaving a fresh, happy feeling on your skin. PURCHASE NOW.

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. Workman's Friend's Healing Hand Cream is the best moisturizer on the market today for restoring the health of your dry hands. PURCHASE NOW.


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 Healing 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.


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.

Avoid Skin Irritants

Love to garden, but hate using gloves? You cannot work on your car engine using gloves. So many brutal tasks our hands face every single day where our skin become vulnerable to attacks from dangerous, harmful irritants. Skin irritants will destroy the health of your hands quickly. What if I told you that your hands can be protected from irritants including poison Ivy without using a glove? Well, you ca with Workman's Friend Barrier Skin Cream. Apply a layer of this amazing cream before you get to work and an invisible mask is formed around your skin, protecting your hands from harmful skin irritants. Try it for yourself and be amazed! PURCHASE NOW.

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.


As you struggle to fight off the pandemic with constant hand washings, you face another dilemma, dry and cracked skin. Soaps, especially alcohol-based hand cleaners, dry out your skin, leaving them craving moisture. What if there was a way to protect your skin and keep it moisturized even during frequent hand washings? Well, you can! Coat your hands with Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream to form a protective layer around your skin and re-apply every four hours. The barrier protection will moisturize your hands from beneath the protective layer. The barrier protection will shield you hand from harmful chemicals, dirt and grime. The barrier protection binds to your live skins cells and will only be removed when your skin cells die and shed every four hours. In the meantime, your skin is moisturizing from the inside and healing your dry and cracked skin. Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream is the perfect combatant for over-washed hands. PURCHASE HERE.

Another option for over washed hands is Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream. Add this hand cream to your daily regimen for healthy, stored hands. An application in the morning and again before bedtime will help your skin survive those frequent hand washings unscathed. Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream will moisturize and heal your dry, cracked, and damaged skin. When used over time, your skin will return to its once healthy appearance. PURCHASE HERE.

Sometimes you just need a hand cleaner that revitalizes your skin. Try Workman’s Friend Hand Cleaner with Activated Charcoal to get a deep clean and feel fresh afterwards. The activated charcoal cleans deep into your skin, detoxing away the bad elements that hard-working hands pick up on an active day. Unlike other hand cleaners, Workman’s Friend Hand Cleaner with Activated Charcoal hydrates your skin as it cleans, leaving them feeling alive and fresh while other hand cleaners leave your hands feeling dry. PURCHASE HERE.

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