Caring for dry hands, in the time of COVID-19

People everywhere are washing their hands now more than ever due to COVID-19 and unfortunately, it can have a direct impact on the overall health of your skin. You have probably noticed that your hands are becoming exceptionally dry and some may have even noticed a red rash-like appearance.

Although not uncommon, dry hands can also be caused by environmental influences such as dry air from constant exposure to air conditioning. Some other causes of dry hands are dehydration, medical conditions and genetics.


It’s important to remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep ourselves hydrated. This will help in keeping our skin soft and supple. 

Medical Conditions

Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, lupus, psoriasis, eczema or an underactive thyroid all can contribute to dry cracked hands that sometimes even peel.


Research has found that dry skin can be hereditary.  Some people have a weaker skin barrier and are more likely to develop dry flakey skin.

If you suffer from any of these, here are some helpful suggestions:


After every hand wash, it’s important to use a good hand moisturizer to help to restore the natural moisture to your skin. Look for products with a high percentage of occlusives and emollients such as shea butter, argan oil, glycerin, grapeseed oil, castor oil, olive oil, jojoba, petrolatum (a.k.a. petroleum jelly). Coconut oil is also a great moisturizer.

Sun Exposure

Overexposure to the sun can seriously dry out your skin. Always protect your hands with sunblock.

Deep Skin Treatments

Hand creams and moisturizers will keep the surface of the skin smooth and healthy but try an overnight treatment.  Apply a liberal amount of moisturizer and put on gloves before you go to sleep.  This will keep the moisturizer in direct contact with your skin overnight allowing it to be absorbed overnight.


When washing dishes, cleaning or gardening with soap, household cleaners and outdoor chemicals, be sure to always wear rubber gloves to help protect your hands.

Whatever the cause of dry hands, it’s always worth giving them some extra attention and care. Sanctuary Salon & Med Spa, the leading day spa in Orlando, Florida, offers an exclusive Restorative Hand Treatment for those suffer from dry hands. Our Restorative Hand Treatment is a gentle moisturizing peel that removes dead skin and is followed by a nourishing hand massage that eases the cream into your skin while providing relaxation and improving blood circulation. Your hands are then enclosed in warm gloves to enhance the penetration of the hand treatment, leaving your hands soft, supple and hydrated.

Sanctuary, Orlando’s Award Winning Hair Salon and Med Spa offer this treatment at $20 – which is currently available at a special price of $15! Call today for an appointment at the best day spa in Orlando, Fl. Sanctuary’s team of qualified aestheticians are waiting to provide the personalized care and expert treatment you deserve.