Whether your fingers are dry from extreme weather or a job that requires lots of hand-washing, it can be quite painful when your skin cracks. The key to returning your fingers to their naturally supple state is constant moisturizing. According to dermatologist Cynthia Bailey, the skin on your palms and fingertips is thicker than the skin on top of your hands, which can lead to dry, painful hangnails around your cuticles. A little TLC provides a lot of relief.
Exfoliate your hands daily in the shower. Use a moisturizing exfoliating cleanser or add 1 teaspoon of coarse salt to 1 tablespoon of olive or jojoba oil. Massage the oil onto your fingers as if applying lotion. Rinse with cold water.
Wash your hands with a mild moisturizing soap or cleansing cream. Look for a cleanser with no alcohol, dyes or perfumes, such as glycerin soap or a hypoallergenic liquid cleanser made for sensitive facial skin. Lather only your palms when washing your hands.
Slather on lotion or natural butters immediately after washing and throughout the day. Choose an all-natural lotion with moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, glycerin and coconut oil.
Moisturize your hands overnight by coating them in shea butter or a thick hand cream. Put on a pair of cotton gloves before you go to bed and allow the moisturizer to soak in while you sleep.
Apply lotion and wear rubber gloves when you wash dishes or clean house. Not only will you protect your hands from becoming cracked, you'll give them an extra moisturizing treatment.