It's dry in Colorado. Anyone who moves here complains about it immediately. I've lived here since I was 2. I'm used to the dry weather and dry skin, but it wasn't until I became a mom, washing my hands constantly, that I dealt with dry, cracked, fingertips every winter.

The agony of trying to push the seat belt button on a car seat with a split on the tip of your thumb will immediately have you cursing. Something simple like picking up board game pieces will shoot little daggers of pain your way. After all, according to John Hopkins each fingertip has more than 3,000 touch receptors and the human hand contains about 100,000 nerves.

There are the normal things we know to do like drink lots of water, don't use harsh soaps, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. However, I have found a few things that can make a big difference.

Moisturize, but buy the cheap stuff that works. This tube of Dermasil from the dollar store is amazing. No scent, not greasy, hypo-allergenic, and super moisturizing. Then you don't feel bad washing it off 2 minutes later when hand washing is necessary for something. I keep one in my car and the kitchen

File the hard part off. Use a cardboard file unless you have a strong icky sensation sensor. This helps soften the edges of the crack so it catches less.

Use Liquid Bandage! This stuff is how you get through the day and all those necessary thumb pushes. I occasionally use Neosporin and a bandage at night to aid in healing but during the day it's all about the liquid bandage. This numbs the cut, seals it, and provides a hard layer of protection. Some people just use super glue, similar result, but I'm not sure super glue should go on cuts.

 

"Remedies" Kama/TSM
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