Over winter, hands can become dry and dehydrated, which can lead to cracking.

  • Use warm, not hot water to wash your hands.
  • Using gentle moisturising soaps. Ingredients such as glycerin or lanolin can soften skin. Avoid harsh bar soaps which can strip the natural oils from your skin.
  • Apply moisturiser after every hand wash while hands are still damp.
  • Use hand gel sanitisers that are less harsh and drying than soap and water.
  • Pat dry hands instead of rubbing your skin.
  • If you suspect you could be having an allergic reaction to your hand sanitiser, try a hypoallergenic one.
  • Wear gloves when outside to protect from harsh weather conditions. Also wear gloves when completing household chores such as washing up and moping to avoid skin contact with harsh chemicals.
  • At night time use a moisturiser, Vaseline or natural olive oil on your hands and cover them with cotton gloves. This allows your hands to heal and reduce the appearance of chapped skin.

If you have severely chapped skin, and bleeding, book an appointment with one of our expert dermatologists on 01603 819125 or email us on [email protected]