Nursing Needs: 5 Best Lotions for Extremely Dry Hands

Dec 11, 2014

Nurses are a notoriously hygienic bunch, washing their hands multiple times each day. Mix in the harsh winter weather, and you can end up with itchy, chapped, dehydrated skin. The answer to extremely dry hands is not to stop the washing, but rather to add a rich and soothing hand lotion to your routine. We gathered info from MayoClinic, NurseBuff and Scrubs magazine to compile a list of the top five winter hand lotions for nurses. Extremely dry hands do best with a heavier lotion that contains humectants and emollients. Oil-based moisturizers will be heavier than the water-based ones, and those with a petroleum base are the most effective at stopping water from evaporating from your skin. Sensitive skin will thank you for seeking out a soothing lotion that contains ingredients like aloe or chamomile.

Here are the top 5 picks for nurse's hands in winter:

Aveda Hand Relief Lotion for Stressed & Dry Skin Aveda lotion has a strong reputation as one of the top hand lotions around. In addition to a fresh citrus aroma, you'll find natural ingredients like plant extracts and soothing oils. The downside on this one is the price, as it can on the costly side. Aveeno Active Naturals Intense Relief Repair Cream This heavy cream can be a blessing for severely chapped and irritated skin. Its gentle, non-greasy formula leaves hands feeling clean. The only drawback is the extended time it takes to absorb. This one is probably best saved for night-time use so it can seep in overnight. Eucerin Hand Cream This creamy and downright dreamy lotion is particularly powerful for winter-plagued hands. While the lotion is extremely thick and potent, it doesn't leave your hands feeling overly greasy. MayoClinic even gives it a mention as one of the more effective lotions on the market for dehydrated skin. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Another dreamy choice is Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. This lotion has a smooth and silky feel that comes with near-instant results. While you can feel the softness penetrating your skin, it can also leave your hands a tad sticky for a spell after applying it. Vaseline Intensive Care This lotion has been a staple for ages, and with very good reasons. Vaseline products are known for their reliability, dependability and ongoing ability to do a good job. They also come with a moderate price tag. A large pump bottle of this stuff won't break the bank, and may even last you all season long. Whether you've reached the peak of your nursing career or are looking to climb higher with an advanced nursing degree, taking care of your hands is a must. Any one of these soothing lotions can help you do it. And here's a tip: The ideal time to apply lotion to dehydrated skin is right after washing. Pat your hands dry then apply the lotion of your choice.