Soft Hands

Is the skin on your hands rough? Do you work in an office and handle paper all day? How about a job that requires you to wash your hands a lot, or overdo the hand sanitizer? All these things can cause the skin of your hands to roughen. Water, paper, and hand sanitizer are all culprits in the rough skin game. Your hands don’t have many oil glands, so it’s easy for the skin there to get dried out.

So, how do you make your hands softer and keep your skin moisturized? Forget the whole wearing gloves to bed with hand lotion thing; it’s hot and uncomfortable and unless your skin is so dry it’s cracking, it’s unnecessary.

First, exfoliate the skin on your hands. Do this about once a week, or it will have the opposite effect and dry your hands out more. For a natural exfoliant with ingredients that come right from your cabinet, mix a 1/2 cup of sugar with about two tablespoons of honey. Rub all over your hands standing over the sink, then wash off with warm water.

While your skin is still slightly wet – but not dripping – slather on the rich hand lotion to hydrate your skin. Put on lotion every day, not just after exfoliating. After your shower or bath is best, because your skin is warm and damp and the lotion penetrates your skin more easily. Whenever your hands feel dry, rub on the lotion.

Have you ever tried a paraffin treatment? Get your hands dipped in wax the next time you go to get your nails done at a salon. It’s a relatively inexpensive procedure, and it makes your hand super soft.

What do you do to keep your hands soft and supple? Let me know on twitter, Facebook, or leave me a message here on the blog.


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