Help for Dry Hands

@EvrWonder (3577)
Canada
February 6, 2010 4:30pm CST
Ever since roughly two months into the H1N1 outbreak, washing my hands every time I reach my destination has been paramount. How many public doors do you go through before you get to where you're going? and back, in some cases. What money, if any was handled? Germs are everywhere but have you been out, in public before suddenly it hits you? Then the next three weeks is nursing a cold or worse, recovering from the flu. Whose to say that contracting H1N1 can't work that way? I know I sure wouldn't want it! Yet all this washing and my hands are sometimes like sandpaper. I sleep wearing cotton gloves over my freshly moisturized hands. That works wonders but I still have to wash my hands, again. Sometime and it's not always convenient to moisturize. Lately, I have found that I only need a bit of soap. Enough to cover all fingers, the palm of my hands (not the backside of my hands)and rubbing around the thumbs and every finger. How much does the back of your hand touch common surfaces? Spare the back of your hands, keep soap off. Uses less soap & way less water to rinse but rinse well. Soap film left on freshly washed hands can also lead to irritation, dryness and eventual cracking of the skin. Think of the outside of your car doorhandle .. Not a bad idea to scrub down the steering wheel from time to time too. What is your tip, if any for dry chapped hands? Do your hands get dry from any other reason, other than too frequent of hand washing? I find gardening makes my hands very dry and brittle. I moisturize and then slip on a pair of latex gloves before putting on my gardening gloves. I find this helps a great deal to keep the moisture in my hands so to avoid the roough dry skin after being in the garden.
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7 responses
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
7 Feb 10
I may try cellin oil. You will need also cotton gloves to wear at night. They have cotton gloves in many places like Walgreens, CVS or Target. Massage your hands with cellin oil and wear cotton gloves overnight. Cellin oil is available in many places. Cellin oil is also known as Bio-oil.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
9 Feb 10
it is very light oil, quickly absorbed into the skin without greasy feeling.. Vit A , E and combination of few natural oils delivered from plants like rosemary, chamomile and lavender. Search it under Bio-oil.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
10 Feb 10
Hi Pola, Thanks! I will. It sounds like it would be a nice oil to use on my hands under the latex when I garden. Thank you for your comment. I will be checking this out.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
16 Feb 10
Hi, I found the oil Pola. Nice. Thanks for the tip! Cheers.
• Philippines
23 Feb 10
Sis of mine uses lotion for hands and lip balm for chapped lips. I uses neither one. I let nature takes its course.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
24 Feb 10
I do abut the same as your sister. My hands are getting better now. Not washing them as much and when I do, I am extra sure to rinse well. Thank you for your response.
• Philippines
10 Feb 10
Use sanitizers. Those are proven effective. Also lotions could do the trick on dry hands. And plus a proper well balance diet could make your skin most, especially adequate fluid intake. Frequent hand washing is not bad, it is the best least cost prevention on almost all diseases ever. Try to take some bit of rest on your hands too, maybe it will help.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
16 Feb 10
Thank you for your response. A bit of rest on the weathered hands is a great tip. I have actually and my hands are much much better. I also use a moisturizing cream and white cotton gloves, that I sleep with at night. This helps tremendously. Furthermore, I agree that a hand sanitizer would perhaps be a very good alternative. Thank you.
@jeannames (305)
• Turkey
7 Feb 10
Do not use liquid soap.Wash your hands after you dry.Moisturizing cream into your hands
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
10 Feb 10
I agree that moisturizing after washing and drying your hands is a good step to take. Thank you for your response.
@carolscash (9502)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Try putting baby oil on them, I have heard that it helps alot. I haven't tried it because I am allergic to baby oil. Also, here is a home remedy that someone told me about that you might try: Warm Oil Hand Treatment: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 drop lavendar essential oil (optional) 2 small plastic bags to fit over hands Warm the oil in the microwave . Add essential oil if you prefer. Rub the oil onto your hands and cover with plastic bags. Wrap a clean towel over the bags and sit for five minutes. Remove bags and rinse hands with warm water. Pat dry and apply lotion. Nice treatment in the winter time especially.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
The Warm Oil Hand Treatment sounds nice! Thank you for this tip. As I wrote in my discussion, sometimes applying moisturizer is not convenient. The baby oil therefore would not work during those times but maybe something I could try under a pair of gloves when I am gardening. I like how soft baby oil feels too. Thank you for your response and Warm Oil hand Treatment!
@savypat (20248)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Instead of washing my hands I use a disinfectant cream lotion which does not dry nearly as much. I also use a cream for dry hands after each wash, I carry this with me. I use wipes for the keys, steering wheel, grocery cart, and other surfaces I feel might need it. I am sure that some virus gets through so I make sure my body is given what it need for defense.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
Hi savypat, excellent idea. i never thought of this, when I wrote this discussion but of course! I need my sanitizing wipes in the car and when I am in transit, especially shopping. I must find them. Thank you for reminding me. I find that the steering wheel can get rather mucky over time. Although I wash my car, in and out often. Just not so much during winter since I drive a lot less when there is snow. I like how the disinfectant feels on my skin too. Cool and clean. Thanks for your response!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
7 Feb 10
There are a lot of good hand anti bacterial soaps with added moisturizers. There are even habd sanitiser here that have a moisturizing agent in them. I have also heard that if you put a little lotion on before you put gloves on that it will hold in moisture too. Take care.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
Hi Jen, yes indeed and that is exactly what i do. When I turn in at night, I moisturize and then I put on a pair of cotton gloves which I remove when I wake in the morning. Works real good too. I also wear a moisturizer, generously, then latex gloves before gardening gloves when I am working in the gardens. This helps tremendously.