How To Treat Dry, Cracked Hands

Dry hands are an incredibly common problem in the winter.  When the air is cold, moisture in our skin is more likely to evaporate, leaving our skin dry.  The dry skin is prone to chapping, irritation and cracking.  Our hands take a beating because we wash them often and because they are often uncovered and exposed to the winter air. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your hands healthy this winter.

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What are the best moisturizers for dry skin?

There are many excellent moisturizers that are available over-the-counter today.  Ideal moisturizers contain three types of ingredients: an occlusive, a humectant and an emollient.   Occlusive ingredients such as petrolatum, silicone or mineral oil slow the evaporation of water from the skin.  Humectants such as glycerin, urea and propylene glycol draw water from the dermis (the deeper layer of the skin) to hydrate the epidermis (the top layer).

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