Tuesday, 7 October 2014

14 Best Natural Lotions for Rough and Dry Hands

Rough, dry hands aren't just painful, the cracked skin can become infected if it doesn't heal properly. Rough and dry hands are a very common problem for many as hands are most exposed to harsh chemicals, rough materials, pollution, and climatic changes. With natural home remedy, you can moisturize parched skin and say goodbye to dryness. Treat hands with remedies from your pantry or make your own chemical-free lotion with luxurious oils and plant butters. Fortunately, there are many simple home remedies that you can opt for to make your hands naturally soft and more beautiful.

14 Best Natural Lotions for Rough and Dry Hands

1 . Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is very effective on dry chapped hands. Apply warmed olive oil generously on your hand several times a day. Overnight treatment can be helpful to treat extreme dry hands. Apply olive oil or almond oil generously and leave it on overnight. You can add a few drops of scented essential lavender oil to get a pleasant aroma. Mashed avocado is also extremely moisturizing.

2 . Honey

Honey is one of the natural ingredients that keep the skin hydrated, moisturized, and healthy. It promotes collagen production and replenishes the skin. Apply it all over your hands and wash it off after 30 minutes.

3 . Butter Massage

Use butter as a rub on your palms dry and rough before you go to bed but do not forget to wear gloves after buttering it. Do this every night until a few days until your hands feel moist and tender.

4 . Petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly works well for dry hands. Rub the jelly on your hands and then wrap your hands in a plastic bag for about 15 minutes. This warms your hands, so it's easier for your skin to absorb the jelly. Alternatively, leave the petroleum jelly on overnight while you sleep. Vinegar softens skin, too. Apply a small amount and put on soft gloves before you go to bed. Rinse with warm water in the morning. If your skin is itchy, add 4 tablespoons of baking soda or cornstarch to your bathwater. Soak your hands for 30 minutes.

5 . Olive Oil, Lemon, & Salt Scrub

If the thought of applying oil directly to your skin freaks you out a bit (which I know it might for some people!) this is a great alternative.  Mix the juice from 1 lemon with 5 tablespoons of sea salt and one tablespoon of olive oil to create a luxurious body scrub. The fresh lemon scent is invigorating and with the addition of olive oil, this scrub will leave your skin feeling fresh and moisturized and incredibly soft.

6 . Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, and Shea Butter

You can make excellent homemade hand creams with some of these ingredients. Mix eight tablespoons of shea butter and four tablespoons of beeswax and melt it. Add eight tablespoons of primrose oil and ten drops of lavender essential oil. For another recipe, mix four tablespoons of cocoa butter and four tablespoons of beeswax and melt it together. Add four tablespoons of lavender oil. These are wonderful homemade creams that really work on extremely dry hands.

7 . Aloe Vera gell

Application of aloe vera also help to get soft and beautiful hands naturally. Squeez the fresh aloe vera gel from aloe vera plant and massage your hands with this gel at least for 5-10 minutes and then was off with fresh water.

8 . Alpha hydroxy acid

Apply a lotion or cream containing alpha hydroxy acid every night to slough off dry skin cells. Alternatively, slather your hands with a thick coat of hand cream, olive oil or petroleum jelly before bed, then put on a pair of white cotton gloves.

9 . Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another wonder oil, and one of its specialties is moisturizing! There are so many ways you can use it – lather it right onto the skin, apply to problem areas like your hands, cuticles, and joints, or add a few spoonfuls to your bath! It leaves skin feeling incredibly soft and it also smells amazing.

10 . For Skin Peeling or Flaky Hands

Grab a bath glove, like body shop’s (I have the pink pair pictured above in the bathroom), a loofah, or a bath lily, and scrub away the dead skin in the shower gently, but firmly. Pay attention to the back as well, and around the fingers and the small spaces between each one.

11 . Jojoba oil

Gradually stir in 1 cup of the oil of your choice. Jojoba oil works great for sensitive skin or skin that is prone to breakouts, while avocado and grape seed oil soothe extra-dry skin. All can be found at your local health food store on the cheap.

12 . Cornstarch

Use this mixture 6 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with warm water and then used water immersion rough palms. Do this as often as possible to get faster results because the herb has no side effects at all.

13 . Homemade Lotion

To make your own lotion, add 1/3 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup sweet almond oil, olive oil or peanut oil to a heatproof bowl. Add 1 cup unrefined cocoa butter, jojoba butter or shea butter and 1/8 cup grated beeswax. Set a microwave to a low power level and then heat the ingredients until completely melted. Add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel and several drops of your favorite essential oil. If desired, mix in a few drops of wheat germ oil, which contains vitamin E, or anhydrous lanolin, a moisturizing oil made from sheep's wool. Stir well and put the lotion in the refrigerator until it hardens. Use a blender to whip the lotion for five minutes and then pour the lotion into a jar with a lid. Let the lotion solidify before using. Keep the lotion in the refrigerator.

 14 . Use a non-drying, moisturizing soap or liquid soap

Whenever you wash your hands, try to use a non-drying, and preferably moisturizing soap. You can apply hand cream all you want, but if what you cleanse with is drying out your skin, you’re just taking steps back. I personally prefer natural, unscented  soaps because I find them mild and a bit moisturizing. Wash hands with liquid soap that contains moisturizing scrub for exfoliating dead skin cells while gently massaging to improve blood circulation.