Re: How do I cure dry hands?
Here's an unusual cure that worked great for me because I don't like using hand creams all the time. Get some petroleum jelly and nitrile painter's gloves. They are thin plastic-like gloves, but contain no latex. Latex can irritate skin and will dissolve if exposed to petroleum jelly. You should be able to get them anywhere that sells painting supplies. At night when you are just watching TV (or some other lazy activity) for a few hours, get two gloves set in front of you ready to put on (one for each hand). Then rub a nice generous coating of petroleum jelly on your hands. Then carefully slide a glove onto each hand. It may help to have someone do it for you, but I was fine doing it myself. If you get a little jelly on the outside of the glove, you can wipe it off with a paper towel after. Be sure to use a rather thick coating of the jelly, it's a great skin softener. The gloves of course will keep the jelly from getting on anything you touch. Now, go about your evening routine. It's best to try and keep the jelly on your hands for a few hours to "sink in" and soften. I never tried sleeping with the gloves on, but it's probably quite possible. When you take the gloves off, wash your hands with a moisturizing hand soap (nothing harsh). I noticed a tremendous difference in just a few days. If your hands are as dry as you say, you probably want to leave the coating on your hands for as long a period as possible. Good luck.