5 home remedies for… dry hands

Give your hands some TLC from your kitchen cupboard

5 home remedies for... dry hands

by Hope Brotherton |

1. Cucumber

We’ve all heard of cucumber eye masks to reduce puffiness, but the fruit can also be used to treat dry, cracked hands. Leave sliced cucumber to sit in a bowl of water for a few hours before soaking your hands. The nutrients in cucumber help to hydrate and soothe dry, cracked skin.

2. Milk

Milk treats dry, cracked hands from the inside and out. The fats consumed when drinking milk provide a barrier to protect the skin, preventing cracked hands from worsening. You can also soak dry hands in milk to moisturise and remove flaky skin.

3. Olive oil and sugar

This DIY exfoliating scrub soothes dry hands. Mix two parts sugar with one part olive oil into a thick paste and apply it to dry, cracked hands, then rinse off with warm water, leaving your hands feeling soft.

4. Oatmeal

Adding oats to a lukewarm bath can have a soothing effect on dry skin. Blend whole oats into a fine powder, add them to your bath or a bowl and soak for 10 minutes. Oats have anti-inflammatory properties that help skin retain its moisture and prevent dry skin from becoming itchy and irritated.

5. Honey

Honey’s a natural humectant, meaning it locks in moisture when applied to skin. Rub honey into dry hands and leave it for five minutes before rinsing away.

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