Home Cures for Rough Hands

The skin on our hands take brunt of every chore—from taking care of the kids to washing dishes to weeding the garden. To make things worse, these tasks mean that you have to wash your hands frequently. All of this daily wear inevitably leads to your hands looking as though they belong to someone older than you really are.

The soaps and other cleaning products we use today can cause your hands to look discoloured, wrinkly, and rough. Luckily, there’s no need to worry. Use these three extremely easy home remedies to get back the soft hands you once had!

1. One-Minute-to-Soft-Palms Scrub

Is it possible to soften your hands in less than a minute? Oh, yes it is! After a long day of work, why not give your hands instant pampering and refreshment. This wonderfully simple scrub will leave your hands feeling 10 times smoother in just a minute.

Ingredients:

Benefits of the Ingredients:

Ingredient
Purpose
Olive oil
Moisturizes and hydrates skin cells.
Sugar
Exfoliates and sloughs off rough old, dead cells.
 Directions:
  1. Simply put the sugar in the palm of one hand and slowly pour the olive oil into it. Using your other palm start rubbing the scrub into your palms and hands.
  2. Massage your fingers and hands with gentle squeezing and circular motions for about 30 seconds.
  3. Then relax your palms and let the scrub sink in for another 30 seconds.
  4. Now you’re done! Simply wash out your hands with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. So smooth, you can’t stop touching your hands, can you?

Tips:

  • Glove love. Detergents and dishwashing liquids contain harsh chemicals that can damage the thin skin on your hands, making them look dry, discoloured, and old. Make sure you use gloves while cleaning whenever possible!
  • Oh, my glove! When working out in the gym, especially with dumbbells and other weights, it helps to wear workout gloves to protect your palms from getting hard and callused over time.
  • Good night, sweet palms! During the night, we actually have six to eight hours of great opportunity to show some extra love to our hands. Make a rich homemade hand cream, and apply it before going to bed! Your hands will thank you in the morning.

2. Citrus Power! Lighten & Soften your Hands

Are your hands dark, discoloured, and aged-looking? Use citrus to lighten them while softening your palms.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  2. 2 teaspoons honey
  3. 2 teaspoons baking soda

Benefits of the Ingredients:

 

Ingredient
Purpose
Lemon
Contains citric acid, which gently lightens dark spots and discoloration on skin.
Honey
Contains numerous antioxidants, which slow down aging.
Baking soda
Exfoliates skin and sloughs off dead cells, revealing new clear skin cells.

 Directions:

  1. Wash your hands with warm water and a mild soap.
  2. In a small container, mix together all the ingredients evenly.
  3. Now apply this mixture onto your hands, rubbing it through and massaging your hands for a minute. Allow the mixture to sit on your hands for five to 10 minutes.
  4. Finally wash your hands in warm water. Do not use soap directly afterwards. Repeat this process at least twice a week to remove discolouration and promote soft healthy-looking hands.

Tips:

  • Slather on the sunscreen! You’d be surprised how many people apply sunscreen on their faces but fail to adequately protect the skin on their hands. Before you head out, generously apply sunscreen to your hands. And yes, you need to reapply when you wash your hands!
  • Too hot for your own good. Beauty experts will tell you how bad hot water is for your skin. Hot water causes the pores on the skin to open wide, and exposing it to such conditions may damage your skin. Washing frequently in hot water can dry out the skin and create wrinkles.
  • Brrr! Not so cold! On the other end of the scale, extremely cold water isn’t good for your skin either. It can break the tiny capillaries under your skin, making it look discoloured, pale, or unhealthy. It also dries out skin, and failure to moisturize can cause premature aging.

3. Homemade Hand Salve for Softening the Hands

Here is a simple hand salve recipe that feels wonderful and really softens your hands

Ingredients:

(Optional: another 3-5 drops of any combination of essential oils or carrier oils you want, example 3 drops Argan oil, 1 drop eucalyptus, and 1 drop Rosemary)

Directions:

  1. Melt your beeswax and honey in your olive and coconut oils over low heat in a double boiler (or Mason jar in a small sauce pan with 1-2 inches of water)
  2. Remove from heat, add essential (and carrier) oils, stir and pour into tins.This will fill about 3 of these 2 oz tins.
  3. Set aside uncovered to harden for a few hours and, viola! Enjoy one (or two) for yourself and save one as a gift from the heart to a very lucky person! These will last about a year if used with clean hands!

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