Hand Care for Dry, Cracked Hands

Washing our hands regularly throughout the day is a really important step in our defence against

Washing our hands regularly throughout the day is a really important step in our defence against common viruses and harmful bacteria. And, if you work in areas such as hospitality, health or childcare, it’s even more vital that you wash your hands often and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. 

The bad news is that while hand washing is essential to good hygiene, anti-bacterial cleansers can leave the skin feeling dry, scaly and even cracked across the knuckles. This is because regularly cleansing strips it of essential lipids and oils, damaging the skin’s natural protective barrier that keeps water locked in.

So how can you restore this essential barrier while keeping your hands clean but hydrated?

Hand Care for Dry, Cracked Hands
Hand Care for Dry, Cracked Hands

Use a mild cleanser

When your hands are very dry and cracked, you need to swap to a hand wash that has anti-bacterial properties without drying out the skin or stripping it from its natural moisture. Try a cleanser such as La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Lavant B5 Gel that preserves the bacterial balance of the skin while improving the natural repair process and barrier function.


Apply a barrier cream

Dry hands crave hydration and nourishment so you should apply a hand cream every two hours as a minimum, but more frequently if needed. If you find that regular moisturisers just aren’t cutting it, you may need an intensive barrier cream such as La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Baume Hands. Emollients such as this are specifically formulated to care for overworked hands damaged by aggressions and leave an invisible protective glove-like effect on the skin.  


Cicaplast Baume Hands is formulated with ultra-hydrating yet gentle hypoallergenic ingredients such as glycerine that attract water and help to keep moisture locked in the skin. Additionally, niacinamide and Thermal Spring Water support the natural substances of your skin and strengthen a weakened barrier leaving your hands instantly soothed. Don’t forget to apply an extra thick layer before bed when your hands have time to fully reap the benefits overnight.


Wear gloves

Whether you’re a hairdresser, cleaner, cook or nurse, our daily lives bring us into contact with many harsh chemicals. Over time, this can leave the skin on the hands feeling really dry and irritated, and even lead to eczema and infection if they’re left cracked and sore for too long. Try to wear protective gloves for daily chores like the washing up and cleaning the bathroom, and where possible at work if your hands are in contact with harsh chemicals.