If you find yourself washing your hands often throughout the day, chances are you have dry skin around your fingernails and cuticles. Fissures along your fingertips and peeling cuticles are very painful breaks in the integrity of the skin. When I develop them, they can awaken me out of a deep sleep!
How can you take care of the skin around your fingertips and cuticles to prevent cracking and peeling?
- Keep your hands clean ~ you want to reduce the amount of bacteria on your hands, washing throughout the day.
- Keeping handwashing to a minimum ~ you can help maintain the natural oils in your skin and prevent drying and cracking your fingers by using less soap/cleanser and having them wet less often.
- Use a conditioning oil or cream ~ natural oils like olive or grape seed oil are good, especially applied at a warm temperature.
- Nutrient rich serums and creams are best to use if you have to wash frequently because of your job, and have a history of cracking fingertips and peeling cuticles that need some extra attention.
- Make sure you apply your oils and creams regularly – at least twice a day, and even after each handwashing to aid in skin protection and nutrient retention.
- If you do have hanging cuticles, you can use a small clean nail clippers to snip the loose skin so that it won’t pull any further. Use of a nail stick to gently push back the cuticles a little can prevent the skin from pulling so tightly and tearing. Remember - gently is the key!
As a nurse who works with children, I can be washing my hands all day long. I’ve finally found the right combination for me with a Rejuvenating Lotion and a Hydrating Night Cream. Both are filled with nutrients and wonderful natural ingredients to feed and moisturize my skin….AND a little bit goes a long, long way!
Now my nails look great, my skin is never dry or cracked!
Hope this helps you keep your fingertips and cuticles healthy!