Health experts advise that washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of diseases. It's recommended that you wash your hands after using the restroom and before and after eating. If you're sick -- or a family member or co-worker is -- you're encouraged to wash your hands even more frequently. All this hand-washing can add up to 10 times a day or more that you expose your hands to hot water and harsh cleaners. It's enough to strip even normal skin of its moisture. Dry skin calls for extra care, so keep lotion or another emollient close by and apply it immediately after washing and patting dry your hands. You'll start to notice an improvement in your skin's condition almost immediately.