If your hands are always exposed to excessively hot or cold water, don’t wait for them to look older than they actually are. Use the following home remedies for dry hands, and they’ll end up looking smooth and young.
Did you know that your hands are usually the first ones to show that you're aging? How old do your hands look? Do you think they show your real age, or do they make you seem older? Well, handcare can sometimes be ignored, as opposed to taking care of your face. And hands tend to be exposed to many factors that could hurt them: cold weather, sun exposure, washing them with soap too often, and using them for several tasks throughout the day. If you don't hydrate them properly, they could end up dry and rough and seem older than they really are.
We’re not talking about medical skin conditions here or certain medications which can also contribute to dry hands. We're talking about regular dryness and some basic home remedies for dry hands.
3 home remedies for dry hands
1. Olive oil
You probably always have some olive oil in your kitchen. Use it as often as you can to moisturize your hands, because the antioxidants and healthy fatty acids in it are great as home remedies for dry hands. Olive oil also has many anti-aging skin benefits.
Warm up some olive oil and massage your hands with it for 5 minutes twice daily. You can also mix equal amounts of olive oil and fine sugar to make a scrub. Use it to rub your hands with light, circular motions for one minute, then wait 5 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Then, apply a light moisturizer. Use this remedy twice a week. The result? Soft and smooth hands.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is not too expensive and its fatty acids are excellent for dry skin. Apply warm coconut oil on your hands and massage for about 5 minutes using circular motions before going to bed. It is best to wear gloves overnight for better results, but it's a good advice if you don't want to dirty your sheets. Make a habit of massaging your hands with coconut oil every evening just before going to bed.
If you don’t have honey in the house, you'd better fix this problem! It’s a natural sweetener and one of the best home remedies for dry hands. Honey is a natural moisturizer that has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant properties. In addition, it has anti-aging benefits for your skin.
Massage a little honey all over your hands and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Make this once or twice daily to enjoy extra soft and smooth hands.
You can also prepare a mask for your hands, by adding a few drops of lemon juice and olive oil to 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply this mixture on your hands, allow it to dry and then rinse it off with warm water. You can use this remedy a few times a week because it takes just a few minutes to make it, and the result is amazing.
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