The Answer: Though it may seem like a more effective way to wash your hands, scrubbing up with hot water doesn't do your skin any favors, especially during the brutal winter months. Because cold air doesn't hold humidity well, it's very dry and leaches moisture out of your skin-especially those parts that are most often exposed to the elements, namely your face and hands.
Your skin has natural oils that help create a barrier to keep moisture in. This is its main line of defense against the drying cold air outside, not to mention the just-as-dry hot air pumping in through the heating system at home and at work. When you wash your hands, you can wash away protective oils along with the dirt and germs you're actually trying to get rid of. This leaves the moisture in your skin unguarded, allowing water to evaporate away and leaving your skin parched and susceptible toRead More »from The Sneaky Cause of Dry, Cracked Hands