Your hands have the thinnest skin and are one of the most abused parts on your body. Yes abused. Think about it. How many times a day do you wash your hands? How many times do you pamper them? While we spend hundreds of dollars on luxurious skin care products and makeup and are by now quite conscious about wearing sunscreen every day, we tend to neglect our hands.


In fact, because the skin on the back of our hands is so much thinner than on our face the loss of fat that happens when we age is obvious straight away, leaving behind wrinkly, saggy skin. When your hands are extremely dry, just moisturising with your typical body or hand lotion may not do the trick. There are certain methods and products that you will want to keep in mind if you are particularly susceptible to dry skin.


First of all, you'll want to moisturise as often as possible, especially after bathing or washing your hands. After stepping out of the bath or shower, moisturise as soon as possible, since it will help seal in the essential moisture that your skin needs. After that, repeated application of moisturiser throughout the day will keep your skin soft and smooth.


If you still find that your skin is too dry, it may be time to look at the type of product you are using. After bathing, you may try applying a product like oil to your hands and any other problem areas. Oil has a bit more staying power than the average moisturiser does, and it will prevent moisture from evaporating off of your skin.

You also can select your moisturiser based on its ingredients to ensure that you have found a product that will help with severe dryness.

Another thing to consider if you have dry skin is the type of soap you use. Some soaps can be too drying on skin - you might want to switch to a milder soap with extra fats and oils, or you could use cleansing creams or lotions, instead.

Once your skin begins to recover, maintenance is very important. For tips on when and how to moisturise,