Hi all, I've recently started studying bass full time at a conservatoire here in the UK, and over the last few months I've noticed the skin on my hands really starting to deteriorate - getting really dry, cracking, and dead skin on my fingertips. I've always put a lot of thought and effort into playing with the minimum pressure required, something I practice both for tone purposes and to help look after my fingers, but despite that I still feel like I'm ripping my hands to pieces. Today I borrowed a dollop of hand cream from my flatmate as I was finding it too painful to get through my normal practice, and it has (temporarily?) helped to relieve the pain, but I'm wondering if this will work in the long term. Has anyone got any experience with using hand cream and playing 6-10+ hours a day? I'm concerned about losing my callouses or shortening string life in particular. I'd really appreciate any input that anyone can offer. Thanks!