Lack of humidity in cold weather and frequent hand washing with drying soap are common causes of dry cuticles. Dehydration is also associated with dry skin and hair.
During the winter months, it is especially important to moisturize skin, including the cuticles and nails. Cuticles are mainly made up of skin, so any treatment used to moisturize the hands can help the cuticles as well. Using lotions and creams with ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E oil to moisturize the hands, and taking extra time to rub them into the cuticle, can keep them from drying out. It is also important to stay hydrated by drinking enough water.
Additionally, to keep cuticles hydrated despite frequent hand washing, one might want to consider using a moisturizing cleanser instead of harsh soaps. There are non-soap cleansers on the market made especially to prevent chapped hands.
Salons also offer hot wax treatments to combat dryness and make skin soft and smooth. During this treatment, the nail technician melts an oily wax and dips the client's hands in it, then puts plastic gloves and mitts over the hands. After 15 to 20 minutes, the wax is removed and washed off, leaving the hands soft and smooth.