How to Soften Your Hands


Your hands work hard, and often, that hard work shows. A variety of factors cause dry and rough hands -- think washing with harsh bar soaps, too many hot showers and cold, humidity-zapped winter weather. When a layer of lotion isn't enough to restore hydration to your hands, DIY scrubs and treatments can soften them.

Soak in the Tub

Fill large pot or sink with warm water and add a cup of dry oatmeal, which has natural moisturizing properties. Let your hands soak for 10 minutes. Throw in some olive oil or jojoba oil to improve the effectiveness of the soak.


  • This soak is especially beneficial if your hands are dry and chapped, a common condition during cold winter months.

Make a Soothing Moisturizer

If your current lotion isn't softening your hands, head to the kitchen to mix up a homemade moisturizer that will lock in the hydration. Combine a mashed avocado with some coconut oil or honey -- or both, if you have the ingredients on hand. Mix them into a creamy paste, and massage them into your hands for deep hydration.


  • If your hands are sunburned, cracked or even bleeding, incorporate some pure aloe from an aloe vera plant into your skincare routine. This natural ingredient has skin-healing properties, which can result in both healthier and softer hands.

Slip Some Gloves On

When moisture-zapped hands simply won't stay soft, try an overnight solution to nurse that skin back to baby softness. Slather on jojoba oil, a high-powered moisturizer featuring vitamin E. You can also use coconut oil whose blend of fatty acids gives it long-lasting moisturizing power. Slip some cotton gloves or a pair of clean cotton socks over your hands and head to bed. During the night, this soothing moisturizing treatment should eliminate any dry patches by morning.

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