“Dermatitis often occurs at times when your hands are exposed to a lot of water or to frequent hand washing,” says Lucas. It’s best to avoid harsh, drying soaps. Look at using a barrier-type cream to act like a glove to protect your skin: apply after each wash to lock in moisture. A great trick is to apply a thick layer of hand cream at night before you go to bed, then put on your gloves. This will help the product penetrate deeply and repair your skin while you sleep.