Home Remedies for Rough, Dry Hands

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Rough, dry hands aren't just painful -- the cracked skin can become infected if it doesn't heal properly. You don't need to let dry hands ruin your day, though. With a 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.

Dry Skin Treatments

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.

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.