While seasonal changes can certainly affect your skin, if you have a job that requires you to constantly have your hands submerged in water (or you're just germ-conscious), keeping your hands from cracking is a year-round battle. But as long as you're armed with the best lotion for frequently washed hands and a few helpful tips, you can help prevent the worst dry skin symptoms from manifesting.
It's no secret that you'll need to counteract all of that washing with a hydrating hand cream, but there are some super-soothing ingredients you can look for to make sure you're really getting the job done. Generally, you'll want to choose a thicker cream that combines humectants, like glycerin, ceramides, or lactic acid, which attract moisture, with occlusive ingredients, like silicones or beeswax, to lock in said moisture. Emollients that instantly smooth skin, like shea butter, can also be helpful.
Whenever possible, applying lotion immediately after washing your hands is best. You should also try to use hand cream every night before bed. In extreme cases of dry, cracked hands, you can even put on a pair of cotton gloves to make sure the lotion is fully absorbed while you sleep. And while wearing gloves at home is optional, once the temperature drops, wearing gloves outdoors is non-negotiable since the dry, cold air further can cause further dryness.