Here's a little something you might want to tuck into your sewing kit- a small bottle of New-Skin.
Sounds weird, I know. But between a cold Canadian winter, lots of needlework stretching and my refreshed obsession with hand stitched hexagons, my fingers are taking a beating this week. New-Skin paints onto your skin like nail polish and creates a clear barrier layer on your skin that reduces the wear and tear and seals up dry skin cracks. You can wash your hands and it stays on while still giving you full finger-feel that you lose when wearing a bandaid.
Three coats of it on my craft-abused thumb and I'm good to go.