Your hands are one of the busiest parts of your body, used for several tasks throughout the day. Many people do not take proper care of their hands and they end up dry and rough, looking as though they belong to someone older.
Many factors can cause dry hands, such as dry air, cold weather, low humidity, sun exposure, excessive hand washing or immersion in water, exposure to harmful chemicals, swimming in chlorinated pools and use of soap bars.
Other factors like medical skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as allergens and certain medications can also contribute to dry hands.
But don’t lose hope. You can give your hands softening nourishment with the right skin care routine and the right products. You can also try some simple home remedies to enjoy softer, younger-looking hands.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for dry and rough hands.
1. Olive Oil
The antioxidants and healthy fatty acids in olive oil are good for dry hands. It keeps your skin soft, supple and moisturized. In addition, it has many anti-aging skin benefits.
- Massage your hands with some warm olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes twice daily to enjoy soft and smooth hands.
- Mix equal amounts of olive oil and fine sugar. Rub this homemade scrub on your hands using light, circular motions for a few minutes. Wait 5 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water, pat dry and apply a light moisturizer. Use this remedy twice a week to soften your hands.
Oatmeal is another great healer for dry and rough hands. It works as a natural cleansing and exfoliating agent that will not dry your skin. In addition, its protein content helps prevent water loss and keep the skin moisturized.
- Prepare a mixture with 2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal, ½ to 1 teaspoon of honey and a little water to make a paste. You can also add a little freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Rub this mixture on your hands.
- Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
Follow either of these remedies once a week.
3. Coconut Oil
The unique combination of fatty acids in coconut oil is good for dry skin, including your rough hands. In addition, it soothes skin damaged by exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
- Apply warm extra-virgin coconut oil on your hands.
- Massage for about 5 minutes using circular motions before going to bed.
- Wear gloves overnight for best results.
- Repeat this simple remedy daily.
You can also use avocado, grapeseed, jojoba or almond oil to massage your hands.
4. Milk Cream
The high fat content of milk cream works as a natural moisturizer for dry and rough hands. In addition, the lactic acid in it helps exfoliate dry skin and maintain the skin’s pH levels.
- Rub some fresh milk cream on your hands. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse off your hands thoroughly with lukewarm water. You can use this remedy daily.
- Alternatively, mix together 2 teaspoons of milk cream and 2 tablespoons of gram flour. Apply this paste on your hands. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Do this 2 or 3 times a week.
Honey is a natural moisturizer that has antioxidant, antimicrobial and humectant properties. It helps lock in moisture to keep your hands extra soft and smooth. In addition, it has anti-aging benefits for your skin.
- Rub a little honey all over your hands and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat 1 or 2 times daily to enjoy soft hands.
- Alternatively, mix equal amounts of honey and glycerin. Apply it on your hands, wait 10 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily.
- Another option is to add a few drops each of lemon juice and olive oil to 2 teaspoons of honey. Apply it on your hands, allow it to dry and then rinse it off with warm water. Use this remedy a few times a week.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera contains natural moisturizing properties that help retain moisture on dry and rough skin. In addition, it forms a protective layer on the skin and improves the skin tone.
- Cut open a fresh aloe vera leaf and remove the gel-like substance.
- Apply the gel on your hands and massage gently for a few minutes.
- Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Use this remedy 1 or 2 times daily.
7. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a good skin cleanser that will help soften and smooth your hands. At the same time, it will improve the skin tone and lighten any skin spots on your hands.
- Mix equal amounts of lemon juice, honey and baking soda thoroughly. Apply the mixture on your hands. Massage for about a minute, allow it to sit for 5 minutes and then wash your hands in warm water. Repeat once or twice a week to promote soft, healthy-looking hands.
- You can also add the juice of 1 lemon and some honey to a small tub filled with lukewarm water. Soak your hands in it for about 10 minutes. Pat dry, then apply a little bit of vitamin E oil or olive oil to maintain the moisture level of your skin. Use this remedy a few times a week.
Yogurt is another natural hydrating agent that can help combat dry and rough hands. In addition, the lactic acid in yogurt works like a natural cleanser and exfoliating agent to remove dead skin cells.
- Apply a spoonful of fresh plain yogurt on your hands and gently massage for 5 minutes. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Do this daily or every other day.
- Alternatively, mix 3 teaspoons of plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon of gram flour, also called besan, to make a paste. Apply this paste on your hands and allow it to dry on its own. Finally, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy 1 or 2 times a week.
9. Overripe Bananas
An overripe banana makes a great home remedy for dry and rough skin, due to its moisturizing properties. It also helps treat wrinkles and fine lines on your skin.
- Mash 1 overripe banana into a thick paste and apply it on your hands. Leave it on for about 30 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. Follow it with some hand moisturizer.
- Alternatively, mash ½ overripe banana, add a little honey and olive oil, and mix well. Apply this paste on your hands. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water first, then with cold water to lock in moisture.
Use either of these remedies at least once a week.
Avocado contains vitamins A, C and E as well as monounsaturated fats that help get rid of dry skin. In addition, they make your hands look young by reducing the appearance of sagging skin.
- Mix the pulp of ½ ripe avocado and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply this paste on your hands. Leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water. Do this a few times a week.
- Also, use avocado oil to massage your hands once daily before taking a bath.
- Avoid using harsh soaps to wash your hands.
- Do not use hot-air dryers to dry your wet hands. Instead, pat dry your hands with some toilet paper or a soft towel.
- Wear cotton gloves when doing household or gardening work. This will help protect your hands from damage.
- Exfoliate your hands at least once a week to get rid of old, dry, dull skin cells.
- Use a humidifier in the winter to help prevent dry and rough hands.
- When working out in the gym, especially with dumbbells and other weights, wear gloves to avoid hard calluses that cause rough skin.
- Before going to bed, apply some hand cream or moisturizer and wear gloves overnight.
- Eat foods high in vitamins and nutrients that will give your skin a natural glow.
- Drink enough water to keep your skin as well as body hydrated.
- Gently massage your fingers, palms and top of your hands for 10 minutes daily to improve blood circulation.
- To protect the skin on your hands from harmful UV sunrays, apply sunscreen and reapply after washing your hands.
- Do not wash your hands with water that is too hot or too cold.