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So every winter working in the dry cold, my skin, on my hands and feet, cracks. Particularly between my fingers and toes. What can I do to prevent this?

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A moisturiser is what you need - personally I like diprobase, you can safely apply as much as you want to and it's not that oily, it soaks into the skin nice and quickly without leaving any horrible residue.

I actually use this all year round because I'm prone to getting bad eczema - so if it does the job on my awful skin, it should help with yours!

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I specifically have problems with splits on the finger tips and found the following helped a lot;

  1. Grow your fingernails longer- I used to cut mine very short, this makes a big difference.
  2. Use skin cream such as Neutrogena "Norwegian Fishermans Formula". Every time your fingertips feel harder than normal, apply. This will be something like every hour or two in dry weather (ie; heating season).
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7 Tips on How to Heal Cracked Skin on Fingers

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Hi Khai- can you please add some information to your answer, as links can go bad over time. –  Rory Alsop Nov 13 '12 at 8:13
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As Rory Alsop said, this is not an answer, link only answers rot over time. Please expand your answer to perhaps include a summary of what the link says? –  studiohack Nov 13 '12 at 15:50
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Welcome to The Great Outdoors S.E. That site does have some good information, but as the others said a paraphrase would help. Even just copying the bold lines of each point would be enough. –  MaskedPlant Nov 13 '12 at 16:40

Ideally get a moisturiser that is cream or oil based. For lips and between the fingers, vaseline is excellent at moisturising, then keeping the moisture in.

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You should use some kind of moisturizing hand lotion. There are a lot of brands, and I don't really have a preference. I like to make sure I get an unscented version, since most moisturizers are market towards women and have floral aromas. Put it on your skin once or twice a day, and the dry cracking should go away.

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+1 but I still believe that using cloves is the best solution :) –  Amine Nov 8 '12 at 23:42

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