Daily life leaves marks on the hands and can cause callus to appear on the fingers and palms. This hard skin can develop as a result of your skin drying out, cracking, and in reaction to various chemicals. Different treatments and tips will help you get baby-like soft hands!
Method 1 of 2: Use home remedies
Step 1. Apply olive oil and sugar
Olive oil is a great moisturizer. Pour about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in the palm of your hand. Add a teaspoon of sugar. With a finger, mix the sugar and the oil to obtain a grainy mixture. Then rub your palms together, spreading the mixture over your skin.
- For this remedy, you can use inexpensive olive oil.
- Rub your hands together for several minutes, making sure to cover all of your skin. After rubbing your hands well, rinse them under running water.
Step 2. Combine glycerin, rose water and lemon
Start by mixing a tablespoon of glycerin and an equal amount of rose water in a small container. Add a little bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice or a few drops of bottled lemon juice. Mix well.
- Form a cup with your hands and pour about a teaspoon of this mixture into your palms.
- Rub your hands together. Make sure the mixture covers your palms as well as the backs of your hands. Also massage the product between your fingers.
- Dry your hands with a soft cloth or towel.
- Apply the mixture twice a day. Do not keep the mixture for more than two days.
Step 3. Soak your hands in egg yolk
Separate the yolk from the white of an egg. Place the yolk in a small container and set the white aside. Add 1 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of ground almond and a few drops of rose water. Mix everything well.
- Massage your hands with this mixture for about 10 minutes, making sure to cover all of your skin.
- Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes.
- Rinse the mixture thoroughly from your hands, then pat them dry.
Step 4. Prepare a cream of butter and sweet almond oil
Pour 2 teaspoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil into a small container. Mix with a fork until you get a smooth texture. Then rub your hands with this mixture.
- Allow the mixture to be absorbed into your skin, leaving it on for about 20 minutes. Then rinse your hands with lukewarm water.
- The vitamin E in sweet almond oil will help repair cracks and fight wrinkles.
Step 5. Apply sugar and lemon
Take 1/2 lemon slice. Sprinkle a little bit of sugar on the fruit. Squeeze the sweet lemon slice on your hand, until there is no more sugar on the fruit. Repeat on the other hand.
- You can easily do this treatment if you are in a restaurant and want to soften your hands quickly.
- Lemon juice will also rid your hands of unpleasant odors, such as garlic or fish.
Step 6. Prepare a hand scrub with coconut oil
Pour 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a small container. Add 2 tablespoons of honey and mix everything together. In a second container, combine 1/4 cup sea salt and 1/4 cup sugar. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, until the mixture has the consistency of slightly wet sand. Pour this mixture into the oil and honey mixture and mix everything well.
- With your fingers, take a small amount of the product in your hands.
- Rub your hands together and spread the scrub on your palms and between your fingers.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water, then gently pat your hands dry with a towel.
- Store excess product in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Repeat the operation once or twice a week.
Method 2 of 2: Prevent dry skin
Step 1. Wear gloves when it is cold
The cold can cause significant damage to the skin, drying it out and promoting cracks. To do this, protect your skin by wearing gloves when it is cold.
- Buy several pairs of gloves and mittens to match your outfits.
- If you work outdoors, always keep an extra pair of gloves in the aptly named glove box of your vehicle.
Step 2. Protect your hands from household chores
Wearing rubber or latex gloves when washing dishes is essential for keeping hands soft. The chemicals in household products damage the skin. Provide several pairs of rubber or latex gloves, so you can protect your hands when doing chores.
- You can wear disposable latex gloves when gardening. This will protect your skin, but you can still do delicate manipulations.
- Wear gloves when handling chili peppers, zucchini, eggplant, or other foods that tend to dry out the skin.
Step 3. Drink lots of water
Most experts agree that you should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to stay well hydrated. Keep in mind that your skin is an organ and like other organs, it needs water to function properly. Without water, your skin will become dry and cracked.
- Avoid consuming alcohol, as this substance tends to dehydrate the skin.
- Keeping a glass of water or a water bottle near you when you work will help you remember to drink throughout the day.
Step 4. Do not apply too much hand cream
Moisturizers have some benefits, of course, but they should be applied in small doses. Applying the cream more than twice a day will prevent your hands from producing their own moisturizer.
- If you need to apply more cream every now and then, that's okay.
- Lanolin, a natural moisturizer extracted from sheep's wool, is one of the best moisturizers.
- Petroleum jelly is also effective in moisturizing dry hands.
Step 5. Avoid washing your hands with hot water
Hot water will wash away natural oils from your hands and dry out your skin. Wash your hands preferably with lukewarm water, at a temperature similar to that of the ambient air.
- Water so hot that it makes your hands red is too hot. The red tint is due to the dilation of the blood vessels just below the surface of the skin. The capillaries open and more blood rushes to the hands, causing fluid loss.
- Also avoid using hot air hand dryers.
Step 6. Use the right soap
Choose a hand soap that contains aloe vera, vegetable oils, avocado, or cocoa butter. Soaps containing vitamin E and jojoba oil can help protect the skin from drying out.
- If you don't need to wash your hands for hygienic reasons, use a mild liquid soap without water. Simply rub the soap into your palms and wipe off the product thoroughly. This method will be particularly effective for people who suffer from exema.
- Choose your soap based on your own experiences, because we all have different skin types.
Step 7. Use sunscreen
The sun dries up and damages the skin. If you don't like the feel of the cream on your palms, wipe them off with a wipe after applying the product to the backs of your hands.
- A good sunscreen will protect your skin from dust as well as sun damage.
- Sunscreens are often moisturizing and will help you get soft skin.