The skin on our hands take brunt of every chore. 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. Not only are dry, flaky hands uncomfortable, they don’t look good and aren’t comfortable for holding or shaking. Beat your dead skin with the no-fail overnight moisturizing method, using an exfoliator, moisturizer, and gloves. Following steps will be useful in regaining your feathery-soft hands:
- Select a moisturizer. Super soft hands don’t come without the right products; any old moisturizer won’t do, if you want the silkiest skin. Find a moisturizing cream that is specifically advertised for use on hands. Hand creams are typically much thicker than a regular lotion, and have more nutrients needed for softening rough hands (which tend to be the driest part of your body). If your moisturizer is runny or thin, it probably won’t do the job you need to get super soft hands
- Want to give your hands some extra special love? Why not try an overnight intense softening treatment using only two items:
- A pair of socks
Vaseline is known for its ability to lock in moisture and soften even the most callous palms. Many women mention Vaseline as their number one beauty secret. After finishing all your activities for the day, wrap up by washing your hands with a gentle soap and drying them off. Then get a dollop of Vaseline and rub it into your hands. Go ahead and take an extra 30 seconds to massage your hands gently. Then simply slip the socks over your hands and go to bed. Wake up the next day to supple, soft hands. Instead of using socks, you could using fabric gloves, but a clean pair of old socks you don’t use anymore work just fine—and don’t require a trip to the store.
- Make your own sugar scrub. Exfoliating scrubs are usually just moisturizing lotion with some grit in it, included to help scrub off dead skin. These are available in most beauty supply and drugstores, but you can make your own for cheap at home:
- Combine a few tablespoons of white sugar with olive oil or coconut oil to form a paste, and rub it into your hands for two minutes. Rinse with warm water, and you should be left with hands that are much softer than prior to your scrub.
- If you like, add a few drops of peppermint or lavender essential oil to add a nice smell to the lotion. If you don’t want to use sugar, use grated beeswax or salt.
- Avoid extremely hot water. Very hot water can actually burn your skin and dry out your hands. It might not be recognizable as a “burn,” but if your skin turns slightly red in the sink or bath, the water is too hot.
- Use gentle, natural hand soaps. Washing your hands regularly is beneficial for good hygiene, but it can also seriously dry your skin out. Find soaps that are skin-sensitive and contain moisturizing ingredients such as jojoba or olive oil, which nourish and heal dry hands.