How to treat dry, cracked hands: what you can do

Man moisturizing his hands; how to treat dry, cracked hands

Our hands are hard-working tools that we use in almost everything: writing, typing, cooking, cleaning, working, and so much more. However, this daily hard work and the environment can take a toll on them, leading to a very common problem—dry and cracked hands. When we leave it untreated, this can get worse, turning handshakes into painful undertakings and reducing our hands’ efficiency.  In this article, we will learn how to treat dry, cracked hands and what you can do to prevent them.

What causes dry hands: The culprit

Washing dishes without gloves; how to treat dry, cracked hands

Ironically, our desire to enhance our hygiene turns out to be the most common culprit behind your dry, parched hands. Frequent hand washing, usage of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and exposure to cold weather are the key factors that strip natural oils off your hands. The result is a dry, rough surface and even cracks that may go deep, causing great discomfort.

Things you can do to prevent and treat dry, cracked hands

Man applying moisturizer; how to treat dry, cracked hands

Don’t let your dry hands stop you from performing your tasks well! Tackle dryness with these steps to maintain soft, healthy hands:

  1. Moisturize regularly. Keep a moisturizing hand cream or lotion at your disposal and use it liberally throughout the day, especially after you wash your hands. Use products with ingredients like shea butter, aloe vera, olive oil, or beeswax that can provide deep hydration and seal in moisture.
  2. Stay hydrated. Remember to drink enough water throughout the day. When your body is well-hydrated, your skin tends to be, too.
  3. Use gentle, fragrance-free cleansers. Harsh soaps can take natural oils off your skin, leading to dryness. Wash your hands with gentle, fragrance-free soaps or handwashes when possible.
  4. Invest in a humidifier. Dry air can suck moisture from your skin. A humidifier adds moisture to the air in your environment, helping maintain skin hydration.
  5. Wear gloves. Protect your hands from harsh cold weather, chemicals, and water by wearing gloves. Wear gloves during cold days, while handling chemicals, and when washing dishes to protect your hands and prevent dryness. Using cotton gloves after applying moisturizer overnight can also help maintain the moisture in your skin.
  6. Follow a healthy diet. Consuming food rich in vitamin C and E, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids can help you maintain healthy skin. Include foods like nuts, seeds, oils, avocados, and fish in your diet.
  7. Avoid excessive heat. Intense heat can dry out your skin. Hot weather can cause skin water loss, so avoid going outside during hot weather and apply sunscreen.

By following these steps, you can help keep the moisture on your hands to avoid dryness and cracking. Consult a dermatologist if you notice that your symptoms persist or increase in severity.

Benefits of CANhaveTODAY Products for Dry, Cracked Hands

CANhaveTODAY is a brand that offers a range of all-natural products designed to care for and nourish the skin. Here are CANhaveTODAY skin care products that can help address dry, cracked hands.

Sparkling Rain: Hydrating Hand Cream

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Sparkling Rain delivers long-lasting hydration to prevent, nourish, and rehydrate dry, cracked hands. Enriched with nourishing ingredients such as grapefruit oil, aloe vera, shea butter, and olive oil, this formulation provides deep hydration, repair, and protection.

Healing Legends: Moisturizing and Repairing Salve

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Healing Legends incorporates high-quality natural extracts and oils known for their beneficial properties. This blend can help promote skin healing and provide soothing relief for dry, cracked hands, containing aloe vera extract and essential oils from lavender, myrrh, frankincense, and bergamot.

Soothing Juggernaut: Nourishing and Protective Salve

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Soothing Juggernaut harnesses the unique benefits of its three main ingredients: arnica, frankincense, and cypress essential oils. Each of these precious oils has something unique to offer, all full of natural elements that restore and rejuvenate dry, cracked hands.

Waters Mist: Cooling and Hydrating Salve

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Waters Mist, formulated with lemongrass oil, tea tree oil, and cinnamon oil, is a versatile addition to your skin care routine that can provide a surge of moisture any time of the day. These essential oils can provide protection from skin damage, inflammation, infections, and dryness. With all these capabilities, Waters Mist can be very helpful for dry, cracked skin.

Learn more about CANhaveTODAY products

CANhaveTODAY products are formulated after extensive research about essential oils and natural ingredients. The table below shows the different properties of CANhaveTODAY products beneficial for dry, cracked skin. A quick note: These products contain Sodium borate. The government of Canada does not recommend the use of products containing Sodium borate on open wounds, cuts, or abrasions.

 Waters MistSoothing JuggernautHealing Legends (with Frankincense)Sparkling Rain
 Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)Arnica (Arnica montana)Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquuu)Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
AntibacterialMild to Strong [1,2]Strong [25]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53,54,55]Moderate [64]Moderate to Strong [77]Mild to Strong [90]Mild to Strong [102]Strong [119]Strong [129,130]
Anti-inflammatoryStrong [5]Strong [28]Moderate to Strong [43]Strong [56]Strong [65]Strong [79]Strong [92]Strong [105]Strong [120, 121, 122]Strong [134, 135]
AntifungalStrong [5,6]Mild to Strong [29]Moderate to Strong [44]Mild to Moderate [55]Moderate to Strong [42]Moderate [80]Moderate to Strong [93]Moderate to Strong [107]Moderate to Strong [119]Mild to Strong [136, 137, 138, 139]
AntimicrobialMild to Strong [1,2]Strong [30,25,31]Strong [42]Mild to Moderate [53,57,58]Moderate to Strong [64, 42]Strong [83,84]Mild to Strong [90,93]Mild to Strong [102,107]Strong [119,123]Strong [140, 141, 142]
Antioxidant (fights skin damage and aging)Strong [11,2]Strong [32,33,25]Moderate to Strong [46]Strong [59]Mild to Strong [66]Strong [80]Mild to Strong [90]Mild to Strong [109]Strong [124, 125]Strong [142]
Moisturizing (for dry and/or cracked skin)Moderate to Strong [16]Moderate to Strong [49]Strong [72]Moderate to Strong [85]Strong (Very Strong with Frankincense) [98]Strong [111]Strong [127, 128]Strong [146, 147]
Reduces or relieves painStrong [20]Strong [28]Strong [56]Strong [75]Moderate to Strong [87]    – Joint pain    – Arthritic pain    – Muscle painModerate [99]Strong [113]Strong [151]
Heals woundsStrong [24]Strong [41]Moderate to Strong [52]Strong [56]Strong [65]Strong [42]Strong [101]Moderate to Strong [116,117]Strong [150]

Treat Dry, Cracked Hands: Path to Soft Hands

Dry peeling skin on hand; how to treat dry, cracked hands

Living with dry, cracked hands can be uncomfortable and frustrating. Trial and error with many lotions and creams can often leave you looking for relief. Yet, with CANhaveTODAY, you’re giving your hands nature’s powerful gifts. Remember to perform a patch test before using any product regularly and to follow the steps above to get optimal results.


What causes dry, cracked hands?

Dry, cracked hands are often caused by environmental factors such as cold, dry weather or prolonged exposure to water or harsh chemicals. Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can also lead to skin dryness and cracking.

How can I prevent my hands from drying and cracking?

Regularly moisturizing your hands, using gentle soaps, staying hydrates, and wearing gloves during cold weather or while doing housework can help prevent dry, cracked hands.

How to treat dry, cracked hands?

For most people, a regular skin care regimen involving a good moisturizer like Sparkling Rain can help relieve dry cracked hands.

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