Red, dry and cracked hands – care for them with moisturising cream

Last updated: 7/2/2022

You are more likely to get dry skin on your hands when the weather is cold. The air is dry outdoors and indoors too, with all the radiators turned up. Then it is a really good idea to use a cream for dry skin on your hands. Use cream preventively too, when your skin is soft and normal again. Then you avoid chapped skin and red hands in future.

Read by Anne Thestrup Meimbresse

Anne, Varde Pharmacy
Anne has a MSc in Pharmacy from the University of Southern Denmark and has worked as a pharmacist at the Varde pharmacy for several years. Here she advises both costumers and doctors about the correct use of medical products.

When the skin on your hands dries out, the natural barrier disappears, which otherwise protects you from external damp. Dry hands are not just extra vulnerable when you go out in rain, snow and sleet, or if you expose your hands to water in other ways. 

You can end up with stinging red and chapped hands – perhaps even with small cracks in the skin.


3 good tips to avoid dry, chapped hands

To avoid dry hands, you can follow these three tips. Then you protect your hands from getting red, rough and cracked.

  1. Begin by exfoliating your hands thoroughly with – Body Scrub
  2. Then use a mild, perfume-free soap – Hand Wash
  3. Afterwards, use a good moisturiser on your hands – Hand Cream

Results after using Hand Cream for 2 weeks


Have I got eczema?

If you have already used a good high-fat cream on your hands for some time, but you still have dry skin and your hands itch, then the problem may be more than lack of moisture in the skin. Perhaps you suffer from eczema. Then it is best to see your doctor and have your hands checked for eczema.


Why do I get dry skin on my hands?

Dry skin means that there is not enough water in the upper layer of skin, which is called the epidermis. The oily content in the epidermis helps to retain moisture. 

You may get dry skin on your hands for shorter or longer periods. It may be serious, so the skin on your hands becomes red and cracked. 

Your hands may also begin to itch when the skin lacks moisture. To solve the problem, you can care for the skin daily with a good cream to add moisture – preferably several times a day, and especially after washing your hands.


What can I do about dry hands?

It is important to give dry skin on your hands plenty of moisture. You can do this with a rich, nourishing and moisturising cream. Next, you can check the ingredients of the soaps and cleansing products you use. You can perhaps change over to milder and more skin-friendly products.


What is the most frequent cause of dry skin on my hands?

Many things can cause dry skin on your hands. Older people and those with asthma, eczema or allergies are particularly at risk of getting dry skin on their hands. The same applies if you wash your hands a lot, for example in connection with your work. The weather plays an important part, too. Winds and cold, wintry weather are hard on the skin on your hands.


Can dry skin lead to itching?

Dry skin on the hands will generally itch. And it is not good for your skin to scratch it. In the long term it may cause the skin to become thicker and darker. It is therefore important to relieve itching dry skin on your hands. The problem will not clear up by itself.


What can you do when washing your hands dries them out?

It is hard on the skin if you wash your hands very often. Perhaps you have a job where it is required. Then it is important to choose a mild soap without alcohol and chemicals. Remember to use a good, nurturing cream on your hands each time, after you wash them.

Australian Bodycare Hand Wash

Liquid hand wash for effective cleansing of both bacteria and dirt

£11.99

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Australian Bodycare Hand Cream

for daily care of dry and cracked hands

£12.49

See product

Gentle hand washing

Save yourself from rough, painful winter hands by reducing the loss of oils from the skin. Use a mild hand soap, and rinse it off in lukewarm water – these two small things make a big difference.

Remember, too, to pat your hands dry, which is much gentler on the skin than rubbing them thoroughly with a terry towel. If you can, use a nurturing hand cream immediately afterwards.


Protect your hands when you are cleaning

It is best to use a pair of housework gloves when you are cleaning the house. They will protect your hands from drying and water. The gloves will be a shield against perfumes and other things in cleaning agents, which can be hard on your skin.

When you really get to work on cleaning, it may be an advantage to wear a pair of cotton gloves innermost, to absorb the damp that forms naturally when you wear rubber gloves for a long time.


Moisture to care for your hands

You can use our Hand Cream with natural Australian Tea Tree Oil for your daily moisturising care if you have very dry, cracked hands. 

Hand Cream penetrates fast into the skin and leaves your hands moisturised for a long time, without being greasy.

You can also use Hand Cream after our Body Wash when washing your hands. It is a mild, gentle soap that washes the skin effectively. It is antibacterial, and prevents bacteria from settling on the skin.

Australian Bodycare Hand Wash

Liquid hand wash for effective cleansing of both bacteria and dirt

£11.99

See product

Australian Bodycare Hand Cream

for daily care of dry and cracked hands

£12.49

See product