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5 Super Effective Homemade Recipes to Cure Dry Chapped Hands


Hi Holly,

Frequent hand washing, or extreme cold temperature conditions can cause your skin to lose moisture, and dry out your hand skin. When your hands turns overly dry, it gets rough and flaky, or may appear red and cracked.

Having cracked or chapped hands is uncomfortable and sometimes very painful, making it difficult to perform your everyday tasks. If left untreated, terribly chapped hands may lead to more serious skin problems.

Therefore, it is important to take good care of your hand skin and keep them well moisturized by using hand care products every day. This is especially true in the winter when your hands are the most prone to chapping.


Natural Home Made Hand Recipes to Relieve Dry Chapped Hands

1. A really cheap and brilliant way to moisturize hands and keep them soft is EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). EVOO is gentle and very effective on extremely dry chapped hands as it helps restore the lost natural oil.

Rub a generous amount of warmed EVOO on your hands, several times a day (if you do not mind greasy hands). Or, gently massage oil into your hands before bedtime, put on cotton gloves and leave it on overnight as you sleep. This will give your hands a real therapeutic hydrating home treatment.

If you dislike the smell of olive oil, add a few drops of scented essential oil, like lavender or lemon. Oils such as coconut oil, almond oil or sunflower oil will also work well for overly dry hands.


2. There are 3 things that really work wonders for dry chapped hands – beeswax, cocoa butter and Shea butter.

For homemade shea butter hand cream recipe, melt together 4 tablespoons beeswax and 8 tablespoons shea butter. Then add 8 tablespoons evening primrose oil and 10 drops lavender essential oils. Mix all ingredients completely until smooth. Transfer to a jar, and leave to harden.


3. To make coca butter hand cream at home, melt together 4 tablespoons beeswax and 4 tablespoons cocoa butter. Add 4 tablespoons almond oil and mix them really well. Pour into a jar and let it solidify.


4. It always a good idea to use a hand scrub before using a hand cream so that the cream can be better absorbed. Try making this inexpensive home made papaya almond oatmeal hand scrub. It is a gentle exfoliating hand scrub that will get rid of dead skin cells while moisturizing the skin underneath, leaving you with nourished, soft, touchable skin.

To make this papaya almond hand scrub, you will need 1 tablespoon papaya, ½ teaspoon ground almonds, ½ teaspoon ground oatmeal (you can also replace it with sugar or salt ), 1 teaspoon honey, and ¼ teaspoon pineapple juice.

Mashing papaya in a small bowl. Add oatmeal, almonds, honey and pineapple juice. Stir until a paste forms. Place mixture in your refrigerator for 15 minutes.

To use, lightly scrub the mixture over your hands. Gently massage your skin for about 5 minutes before washing off thoroughly with cool water.


5. Alternatively, use this simple hand soak made with pineapple juice to help remove dead skin cells and soften rough hands. This natural home remedy is perfect for dry or chapped hands.

You will need these ingredients for this chapped hands home treatment – 2 tablespoons honey, 10 drops lemon balm oil, 10 drops papaya oil, and organic pineapple juice.

Heat honey in your microwave oven for 10 seconds, and transfer it into a bowl, large enough to comfortably fit both hands. Slowly stir in lemon balm oil and papaya oil. Then pour pineapple juice into the bowl until it is about ¾ full.

Soak your hands in mixture for about 15 minutes while gently massaging your hands and fingers. Rinse off completely with cool water.



What Can I Do to Make My Hands Beautifully Soft, Smooth and Younger Looking?

1. To keep hands soft and young-looking, make sure to always wear rubber gloves when you do household chores such as washing clothes, doing the dishes, or tending your garden. Detergents, cleaners and garden sprays may contain harmful chemicals that can strip the natural moisturizing oils from the skin, leaving your hands rough and dehydrated.  


2. Alcohol-based products such as hand sanitizers that contain 60 to 90% alcohol can make dry cracked hands even worse. Alcohol will also burn any cuts or scratches on the skin. Even if your hands are not dry, they could become dry and cracked by over using alcohol-based sanitizers.

The best way to avoid dry chapped hands is to opt for soaps and/or sanitizers that has minimum amount of alcohol. I also suggest you use a good quality hand lotion afterwards to moisturize and condition your hands. Apply a good thick hand cream without petroleum, ideally made with ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, or beeswax.

Also, do not use hot water to wash your hands. Hot water robs skin of moisture causing dry skin. Use warm water instead and make sure to rinse your hands really thoroughly as soap residue is drying and will irritate your skin.


3. Most women tend to take good care of their faces but they forget about their hands. UV radiation from sun exposure over a prolonged period of time can have negative aging effects – dehydrated skin, age spots, brown spots, freckles, and even skin cancer – on your hands.  

Staying away from excessive sun exposure and using sunscreen is the key to keep hands from wrinkling. If possible, avoid direct sun exposure (10 am to 4 pm) when the sunlight is at its strongest intensity. Wear gloves or apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 when you are outdoors.


4. Drinking adequate water keeps skin healthy, soft and well hydrated. If you do not drinking enough water, your skin will be dry, rough and look withered. Include plenty of fresh juicy fruits and vegetables in your diet and aim for at least 8 to 10 glasses of plain water daily.

On top of that, stop smoking if you want your hand skin to stay youthful-looking, soft and smooth.





By Tiffany Moore


I am looking for homemade recipes to treat dry chapped hands. My hands are always dry no matter how often or how much hand cream or lotion I use, my palms remain chapped and rough. In very cold winter months, my hand skin would get so dry that it would crack and even bleed. My 5 year old daughter refuses to hold my hand because she said it felt really rough, almost like sandpaper. I have to wash my hands many times a day for work and I think it is the reason why my hands are dry. What else can I do to make my hands soft, smooth and look younger? Thank you for your help. – Holly, Maine.

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