What to do with dry and chapped hands

Sometimes painful, dry and chapped hands is a typical winter ailment. With the inclement autumn weather approaching, it can cause or exacerbate dry hands. The frequent washing and disinfection during the corona crisis also demands a lot from the skin on our hands. This can lead to dry skin and even hand eczema. Dry skin is unpleasant, does not look good and gives an annoying, tight feeling. You no longer have to walk around with this because there is something to do about dry and chapped (corona) hands. What are dry hands, why is it and what helps with dry hands? Read more!

What are dry hands?

Dry hands can be recognized by wrinkled, chapped skin and tight feeling. This gets worse with frequent washing, dry air, and after showering or bathing. Other symptoms are:
  • Rough and painful skin
  • Cracks, cracks or fissures
  • Red spots
  • Flakes or peeling
  • Itching

How do dry hands occur?

Dry hands occur because the skin surface of your hands has to endure too much. Our hands have a different skin structure than the rest of our body. The inside of the hand consists mainly of greasy and connecting tissue, such as collagen and elastin. The skin on the outside of your hand is thin and sensitive, has virtually no greasy tissue and few sebaceous glands. Dry hands can be caused or aggravated by external and internal influences. Often it is a combination of these.

External causes of dry hands: 

  • Weather conditions; such as sun, temperature fluctuations and inclement weather.
  • Dry air, for example from heating or air conditioning.
  • Improper skincare, such as soaps that dry out your skin or creams with harsh, drying ingredients
  • Wash and disinfectant often
  • Manual labor; when your skin rubs against something
  • Chemicals, such as in cleaning products

Internal causes of dry hands:

  • An unhealthy diet
  • Too little fluid intake
  • Stress
  • Skin aging
  • Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis

Which care helps with dry hands?

Well-groomed hands are an important business card. And where would we be without our hands? We use them so often that proper care is indispensable. The care of your hands starts with a mild and natural soap. You really don't need harsh synthetic products to clean your hands. This removes some of the natural oil from your skin on your hands. This also includes the good bacteria and the protective layer. In addition, hydration and protection with a natural body butter very important against dry hands. Without a protective layer you are more susceptible to (Covid-19) infections.

natural soap against dry hands

Natural soaps

Ideal as a dry hands cream: natural body butter

Droge handen hebben een verzorgende en beschermende vette crème nodig. Een natuurlijke body butter is hier erg geschikt voor. Dit voelt niet zo plakkerig en vet aan op je handen zoals bijvoorbeeld olijfolie. Natuurlijke body butter Hennep is een perfect mengsel van huidvoedende stoffen zoals omega-3, -6 en -9 vetzuren en vitamine C en E die samen met biologische sheaboter je handen verzachten, repareren én beschermen. Makkelijk mee te nemen in je handtas. Bij extreem droge handen kun je deze ‘s avonds insmeren met de intensief voedende hemp butter, put on thin cotton gloves and go to sleep with them. The next morning your hands are soft and supple again!

oily dry hands cream

Body butter creme

Scrub against flakes for dry hands

Ondanks een goede verzorging toch last van droge handen? Scrub je handen met een milde en natuurlijke body scrub. De scrub verwijderd dode huidcellen en losse velletjes op je handen. Wanneer je dit regelmatig doet, wordt de aanmaak van nieuwe cellen gestimuleerd. De natuurlijke scrubcrèmes van Flow verwijderen dode huidcellen zoals losse velletjes en schilfers zonder de huid op je handen te beschadigen. Ze bevatten hydraterende en verzorgende biologische shea butter en biologische kokosolie. Gecombineerd met authentieke aromatherapie en edelstenen, die de energieën van het lichaam in balans brengen. Als je een erg gevoelig huid hebt dan kun je het scrubben beter niet te vaak doen.

scrub hands against flakes

Natural body scrubs

Six tips for (extremely) dry hands

Usually one extremely dry skin relatief makkelijk te verhelpen met een goede verzorging en onderstaande tips. Mochten je handen toch droger worden en blijft het aanhouden, neem dan contact op met je huisarts of een dermatoloog. Het kan zijn dat je allergisch bent voor bepaalde stoffen of last heb van een onderliggende huidklacht. Zoals bijvoorbeeld eczeem of atopische dermatitis. Onze natuurlijke body butter Hennep is speciaal ontwikkeld voor de behoefte van de droge en atopische huid en is zelfs geschikt als handcrème bij eczeem.

Wash your hands with natural soap

When washing your hands, use a natural soap to prevent skin irritation as much as possible. Use lukewarm water instead of warm or hot water.

2. Lubricate, lubricate and lubricate again

De droge huid moet gevoed en beschermd worden. Met een natuurlijke en effectieve vette crème geef je je handen de verzorging die ze nodig hebben. Om corona besmetting te voorkomen is het belangrijk dat we vaak onze handen wassen. Smeer ze na elke wasbeurt direct weer in.

3. Wear gloves

Protect your hands with gloves. If you go outside in cold weather, but also, for example, rubber gloves when using cleaning products.

4. Dry well

Avoid hot air dryers found in public restrooms. These can dry out your hands considerably. It is also better to pat your hands dry instead of rubbing.

Drink plenty of water

Hydrate your skin not only from the outside but also from the inside by drinking a lot. And then of course no alcoholic drinks or coffee because this dries out more.

6. Humid environment

Ensure good humidity in your house, for example by opening the windows opposite each other every day or putting a bowl of water on the heater. This helps against dry air.

In this corona time, disinfectant is widely used to prevent contamination via the hands. In most cases these products contain alcohol. This dries out your skin on your hands even more and damages your natural skin barrier. Especially when you work in healthcare, you cannot avoid this. Then read this too tips especially for healthcare professionals about what to do with dry hands or hand eczema.

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