Taking proper care of your skin should help prevent it from becoming drastically dry. Using a lotion or hand cream regularly and washing your hands with soap that contains moisturizing agents can help your skin retain that protective layer of moisture. Also, remember to exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells so that your skin can better absorb the cream or lotion, whether it's from a bottle or contained in your moisturizing gloves.
For the greatest effect, use moisturizing gloves at the end of your hand care routine, and slip them on after you apply your regular hand cream or lotion. The gloves should help to hold the moisturizing elements of the lotion against your skin and hydrate with their own moisturizing components. Moisturizing gloves may hydrate your nails, too, but if you plan to polish them, wait until after your moisturizing session [source: Monroe].
Moisturizing gloves are usually reusable -- even the kind with the gel lining. If you get a pair, they should come with information on how long they're expected to last. Some can last for up to several months, depending on how often you use them. Certain pairs are designed to be used several times a week for shorter periods of time, and you may use others only once in a while to treat extremely dry hands.
Moisturizing gloves are easy to clean, too. Some can go right into the washing machine along with your other delicates. Avoid the dryer, though, as this could dry out the gel lining in the gloves. You might need to wash other kinds by hand -- just follow what the instructions call for.
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