Winter is coming, and you know what that means. That’s right: the curse of dry, cracked hands and dehydrated skin. Repeated hand washing, harsh soaps, changes in weather and skin conditions like eczema are some of the predominant culprits when it comes to dry skin. Long, hot showers or baths can dry out your skin, and central heating during winter months can impact dryness as well.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) also notes that age, occupation, climate and frequent swimming can be factors. When it comes to who gets dry skin and why, a person’s job can be a huge part of the cause for those who frequently have their hands immersed in water or require continuous handwashing at work, such as nurses and hair stylists. The AAD mentions that “by our 40s, many people need to use a good moisturizer every day.”
Here are the top 10 hand creams and moisturizers for dry, cracked hands—as rated by Dermstore shoppers.