If your hands are dry, you would surely know how uncomfortable they can be. Dry hands could be caused by various factors. While for some individuals, it could be their occupation, for others, the changing weather could be the culprit. With the right knowledge and remedies, you can make your hands much smoother and softer. In this article, we have discussed the causes of dry hands and what you can do to treat/prevent the dryness.
The emollient properties of coconut oil can help improve skin hydration and increase lipid levels on the skin surface. Thus, the topical application of coconut oil can help make your hands softer. You will need 1-2 teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil and a pair of gloves. Apply coconut oil to both your hands. Put a pair of gloves on to help the oil penetrate your skin. Leave it on overnight or for a couple of hours. You can do this 1-2 times daily.
Oatmeal moisturizes the skin and improves skin barrier function. Hence, it can help relieve dry skin, thereby making your hands softer with every use. You will need 1 tablespoon of powdered oatmeal and ½ tablespoon of coconut oil. Add half a tablespoon of coconut oil to the tablespoon of powdered oatmeal. Mix well and apply it to your hands. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. You can also use moisturizers made of oatmeal.
Egg yolks are rich in lecithin, an emollient that helps condition the skin. It is usually used in skin conditioning agents. Whisk the egg yolk well. Apply the yolk to your hands and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with mild soap and water to eliminate the foul egg odor. Do this 3-4 times a week.
The accumulation of dry skin cells over your hands can also cause them to become dry. The grainy texture of sugar granules can help in exfoliating your skin. You only need 1 tablespoon of sugar and ½ tablespoon of coconut oil. Blend a tablespoon of sugar with half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply it to your hands and scrub gently. Rinse with water. Apply a good moisturizer.
Honey can hydrate, soothe, and moisturize your skin. The emollient nature of honey can soften your hands. You only need raw honey (as required). Take a little raw honey in your hands. Spread it gently over both your hands. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it.
These remedies can make your hands softer with time. Your hands can take a few days to a couple of weeks to become soft. You can apply a deep moisturizer like the home remedies above to your hands and then wear gloves to help the oil penetrate your skin.