Hand lotion can help treat many different skin conditions that you may have. This includes cracked, dry, chapped, flaky, and irritated skin. When to use hand lotion depends on the condition of your skin. Keep in mind that hand lotion can be used on any part of your body.


Let’s go through the skin conditions and when to use hand lotion:

Dry Skin:

When you have dry skin you will want to use the best lotion you can get. Dried skin is skin that doesn’t have the moisture level it should have. It is more common in the winter when our furnace takes the moisture out of the air. However, anyone can get dried skin at any time of the year.

Dry skin can be all over the body including your hands, legs, face, back, neck, elbows, and feet. Your skin will feel rough and bumpy when you do get dry skin. Sometimes dried skin can become irritated and itchy. When this happens it is best to apply hand lotion right away. 

Cracked Skin:

Cracked skin is very dry skin that results in cracks in the skin. The science behind it is that your skin just gets so dry and dehydrated that cracks start to appear in the skin. This can be a very painful experience. Some people also get bleeding when they have cracked skin.

Cracked skin can be found on the hands, feet, elbows, and your heels. However, the most commonplace is on your heels.

Hand lotion will work on cracked skin. However, a more powerful moisturizer may be needed such as foot cream or body butter. You will need to keep applying any type of lotion to the skin multiples times a day to help cracked skin. Sometimes you may even need to see a doctor or dermatologist if you have really bad cracked skin.

Flaky Skin:

Flaky skin is just another form of dry skin. If you look closely at flaky skin you will notice little flakes of skin. Sometimes if you rub your skin in a circular motion you will see little skin flakes appear. Many people say that this looks like dander from your scalp. This is just dried dead skin cells.

Flaky skin is not as severe as having cracked skin as your skin still has more moisture than cracked skin. Flaky skin can appear in many parts of the body. However, the most commonplace for flaky skin is on your face, hands, arms, and neck.

When you get flaky skin it is best to apply lotion to help prevent more flaky skin from appearing. Calming ingredients should also be in the hand lotion to prevent redness from happening.

Chapped Skin:

When people think of chapped skin they may automatically think of chapped lips. These are two different things. Chapped skin is really dry irritated skin that will often have a red tint to it. Chapped skin can take place any time of the year but it’s more common in the winter months. Dry air and wind are your worst enemy for chapped skin.

Chapped skin can appear anywhere on your body and be really sore in the spots you have it. You are more likely to get it on your hands and face. A calming hand lotion will work great for chapped skin. I would look for ingredients such as oatmeal, honey, or aloe vera that are known to help calm the skin.

Irritated Skin:

Irritated skin is more like a skin rash and the skin will often turn a reddish color. It can result in inflamed skin and also bumps on skin. Irritated skin can also become very itchy. Your skin can become irritated from something your allergic to such as an ingredient in your cosmetic products.

You can use a hand lotion to help calm down and take away the redness of the skin. Some hand lotions use oatmeal honey, or aloe vera to help calm the skin down.

Rough & Bumpy Skin:

Rough and bumpy skin is one step further than dry skin. Many people will get this after they have dry skin and do nothing to fix it. Your skin will feel rough when moving over it with your hands. Some people say that their skin feels like sandpaper; this is what they are referring to. A good hand lotion will help rough and bumpy skin.

Where To Apply Hand Lotion:

Hand lotion can be used anywhere on the body, It’s just not for your hands. When you use it, it should have a nice smooth and silky feeling to it. The difference between it and other body lotion is just the thickness of the product. Hand lotion will have a thinner consistency than body lotion. Body lotion will be thicker, absorb slower, and have a greasy feeling to it.

However, this all depends on the brand of lotion that you have. Each brand is different and some will apply differently to the skin.


Apply hand lotion to your hands. If you are using a pump bottle make sure that you don’t get too much for your hands. Gently rub your hands together until the lotion is absorbed into your skin. If you apply too much lotion, you can apply it to your arms.

When to use: dry hands rough hands multiple times a day. Apply after washing your hands since many soaps are very drying for the skin.


You can apply hand lotion to your feet. Since your feet have a thicker layer of skin over them, you may need to use a very small amount more of lotion. The lotion can be applied multiples times a day depending on how dry and rough and dry your feet are. Hand lotion will not be as greasy as a foot cream or body butter would be for your feet. You can expect to get the same results compared to a foot cream or body butter.

When to use: dry feet, cracked feet, rough and bumpy feet. Apply multiple times a day.


Most of the time when I apply hand lotion to my hands I also go over my arms. Many people have dry and rough and bumpy arms, hand lotion will help this. Pay special attention to your elbows as elbows can become dry and cracked.

When to use: dry arms, chapped arms, cracked elbows. You can apply hand lotion multiple times a day or when needed


The back is another area of skin that can become dried out. It’s best to apply in the morning or right before bed. This gives the hand lotion plenty of time to absorb into your skin. Make sure to rub the product in good or you may stain your shirt.

When to use: irritated skin, dry skin, use once a day or when needed


Our neck is another spot where you can apply hand lotion. If you spend a lot of time outside in the sun, it may be needed, especially in the winter. The sun can do a lot of damage to our skin, even in the winter. Hand lotion isn’t a sunscreen and you should apply that separately. Apply to your neck when needed.

When to use: flaky skin sun damage, use once a day or when needed


Applying hand lotion to your legs is a great way to get silky legs. Apply first when you get out of the shower. Hand lotion absorbs fast and is way less greasy when compared to body butter. I like it a lot more and plus it can be a lot cheaper too. You can use this on your legs when you get ready for bed as well.

When to use: Dry rough legs. I wouldn’t apply it more than 2 times a day.