TipTuesday #7: Keeping hands soft while frequently washing and disinfecting them

Hello and welcome to #TipTuesday! Today’s tip is all about simple home remedies for dry and cracked hands. We need to wash our hands more thoroughly and frequently than before, which disrupts the natural moisture and oil balance of the skin. Store-bought creams are a good solution and a must, but I’ve noticed over the years that it’s natural DIY masks that make the biggest difference, so that’s what I’m sharing today!

Daily lotion: jojoba oil or almond oil can provide ample moisture for the skin. I apply a few drops on my hands after washing and drying them and massage the oil in. These oils aren’t too greasy or sticky, they absorb quickly and keep hands moisturized. Applying jojoba oil regularly also helped my cuticles a lot.

Healing and Moisturizing Mask: mix 1 tablespoon of liquid honey and 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, apply on the hands and leave on for 20-30 min. The effect will be even better if you put disposable plastic gloves on – they’ll help the mask absorb better. You can also substitute olive oil for flaxseed oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil. For an increased healing and soothing effect, add 5-10 drops of camomile oil or calendula oil to the mixture.

You can use this recipe for an overnight hand mask. Apply the mixture on the hands and put cotton gloves on – in the morning your hands will feel very gentle and soft.

Gentle Scrub: grind 2 tablespoons of quick oats to a point where there are still small pieces, but not quite flour yet. Add 1 tablespoon of any oil (olive, coocnut, jojoba, etc) and 1 tablespoon of honey, mix well, apply on your hands and massage gently for a minute or two, then leave the scrub on for another 15-20min. Honey has excellent healing properties and will take care or little cracks and dry skin patches. Oils are nourishing and will provide soothing effect, but you can skip it if you want – just add more honey to make the scrub easily spreadable.

Tips:

  • you can wash off any mask or scrub with warm water or, if your hands feel uncomfortably greasy after oil masks, add a smidgen of very mild soap
  • after every mask or scrub, apply your favorite hand cream – it’ll help maintain the effect for longer
  • spa gloves aren’t necessary, although they can be useful. In my opinion, regular cotton gloves work perfectly for overnight masks, while thin disposable gloves are great for 20min masks (like the gloves that come with hair dye)
  • some oils can trigger allergic reactions and irritations, so make sure to make a patch test before applying them
  • to get good results, it’s best to do masks at least twice a week.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s #TipTuesday! I’d be thrilled if you’d share your tried-and-true recipes for taking care of hands and keeping them moisturized ❤️

See you in my next post,

Alex

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