Your hands do a great deal of work every day. You use your hands for work and for play, whether you’re shuffling paper, gardening in the backyard, or bathing the kids. These routine daily activities can have an impact on the overall health of your hands. Environmental factors, such as cold air and wind, might strip your hands of moisture. You want to wash your hands regularly to avoid unnecessary germs, but your cleanliness can further strip your hands of moisture. In extreme cases, skin conditions such as eczema can contribute to dry hands.