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How To Get Soft Hands

Dry cracked hands can be sore, painful, and irritating. Instead, we all crave silky, crack-free hands that are smooth to touch. Keep reading as we explain what causes dry skin on hands and show you the best natural hand cream for dry hands to achieve the softest results. 

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Why are my hands so dry? 

Countless things can cause dry hands: 

  • Ageing – As you get older, collagen and elastin levels drop. This results in a weaker skin barrier that struggles to retain hydration. 
  • Excessive hand washing – As good as hand-washing is, hot water and vigorous scrubbing can strip the natural oils from your hands, which can lead to unwanted cracks and itchy patches. 
  • Harsh soaps – A lot of hand washes have high alcohol levels to kill bacteria. However, those alcohol levels and harsh ingredients can damage your skin’s barrier and the natural fatty acids that keep them hydrated.
  • Skin conditions – Conditions like eczema and dermatitis can cause dry skin on hands that becomes red and sore. 
  • Weather – Cold, dry weather conditions can weaken the skin barrier, causes water loss, and lead to unwanted flaking and discomfort. 

How to prevent dry skin on hands  

Now you know what causes dry skin on hands, it’s time to find out how to get soft hands that are supple and smooth. 

Use a gentle soap 

With harsh soaps stripping hands of its much-needed fatty acids, it’s important to use a natural hand wash that can nourish dry, cracked hands.  

We recommend using our Natural Cleansing Hand Wash which is designed to gently remove dirt from hands without drying or stripping the skin. A rich blend of Jojoba, Avocado and Rosehip Oil restores moisture levels, while soothing Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Lavender leave hands clean, hydrated and supple. 

Moisturise after washing 

After using a gentle soap, it’s important to follow up with a nourishing moisturiser for some extra TLC. A good hand cream can help to rehydrate skin and improve elasticity for happier, healthier hands. 

One of the best hand creams for dry hands, our Signature Hand and Nail Cream uses a light, natural and non-greasy formula to gently hydrate and protect skin. Apply as often as desired both on and round nails, cuticles and hands for the smoothest results. 

Wear protective gloves 

When washing up dishes or scrubbing counters, our hands can come into contact with lots of potential irritants. These harsh ingredients can cause dry skin on hands that becomes cracked, red and sore. 

Wearing protective gloves for housework tasks can help to protect skin from harsh chemicals that cause dryness and discomfort. If you do encounter any drying irritants, apply our Hand and Nail Cream to rehydrated. 

Best hand care products 

Natural formulas free of harmful irritants are the best to use on dry skin.  

Cleansing Hand Wash with Eucalyptus and Tea Tree 

Perfect for dry hands, our Cleansing Hand Wash gently removes impurities without over-drying skin. A rich blend of Borage Evening Primrose and Grape Seed helps deliver moisture to dehydrated hands, while Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Sage cleanse hands and restore lost moisture. 

Signature Hand and Nail Cream 

Our Hand and Nail Cream uses Soy Protein to strengthen nails and cuticles, while Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Borage Oil leave hands feeling nourished, soothed and soft. We recommend using this hand cream for dry hands after cleansing for the ultimate softened feel. 

Anna Cole Hand Wash and Cream Duo 

Designed in collaboration with Australian artist Anna Cole, this natural Hand Wash and Cream duo cleanses and moisturises hands, while indulging in an enhanced Sukin Signature scent for super smooth results. Rich, natural and soothing formulas work to gently hydrate and nourish hands. 

If you are trying a product or ingredient for the first time, we always recommend a patch test first. 

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