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If all the extra hand washing has been drying out your skin, these products can help.

The combination of washing my hands more frequently and being outside in the still chilly air has been killing my hands.

My fingertips feel like sandpaper, my knuckles are cracking open every chance they get and I look like I've aged dramatically. But luckily, there are plenty of products for all of those problems and here are some of the best that I have found.

1. Knuckle Wax

This is one of my favorites for sure. Getting the kind sold in a lip balm tube is your best bet since you can cover your dried-out knuckles without getting your fingers all gooey. The knuckle wax I've used is almost like Vaseline and covers your skin in a layer of moisture-sealing goodness. Put it on before bed and you'll wake up to whole new hands.

2. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

This stuff is as good as advertised. It lasts so long and makes your hands look and feel amazing. I wouldn't say it gives you eight hours of moisturizing if you are washing your hands 10 times a day, but it does seem to last through a wash or two, meaning you won't have to reapply all day long. And it can be used on more than just your hands, too.

3. Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion with Aloe

Ultimate healing indeed. This is my favorite lotion for dry skin everywhere. Arms, legs, feet, hands – you name it, this stuff softens it. What I love about this lotion is that it isn't too greasy. I find that using this ultimate healing lotion all day helps keep my hands dry without making everything I touch shine with grease. Perfect for working on the computer.

4. Vaseline

Yep, straight up Vaseline is the best solution for incredibly dry skin. When everything gets dried out and cracked up, I go for the Vaseline. Coat your hands up good and then put on a pair of gloves you don't mind getting greasy. Sleep like this overnight and you'll wake up feeling a million times better. Then wash those gloves, of course.

All the hand washing is necessary but can be rough on your skin. So while you're stuck at home, maybe take some time to pamper yourself, too. Self-care is health care, after all.


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