How to Soften Dry Hands

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Dry skin isn't usually a serious condition, but it can cause discomfort, especially when concerning your hands. The Mayo Clinic says most dry skin is caused by environmental factors such as hot or cold weather or low humidity. If you have chronic dry skin on your hands, consider seeing a dermatologist to discuss prescription treatments.

Use a topical moisturizer on your hands. Purchase an over-the-counter moisturizing lotion at the drugstore and apply it to your hands at least twice a day. Use the moisturizer immediately after bathing or washing your hands to seal in moisture, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Apply baby oil to your hands if your skin is extremely dry. Rub the baby oil into your hands after washing but before applying your moisturizing lotion, suggests the Mayo Clinic.

Wash your hands with lukewarm water instead of hot water to avoid stripping oils and moisture from the skin on your hands. Avoid bathing for longer than 15 minutes, says the Mayo Clinic.

Choose a mild soap for washing your hands. Look for a soap that contains oils or moisturizers to avoid further drying out the skin on your hands.

Apply a topical hydrocortisone cream if the skin on your hands is badly chapped, says MedlinePlus.

Wear soft cotton gloves while performing household chores to lock in moisture and protect the sensitive, dry skin on your hands.

Make a natural home moisturizer to achieve soft skin on your hands. Mix 1/4 cup cornmeal with 1/4 cup olive oil in a bowl until a paste forms. Massage the mixture into your hands, then rinse. Put one more drop of olive oil on your hands, rub your hands together until the oil is absorbed.