How to Apply Hand Lotion

by Michelle Ullman ; Updated July 18, 2017

Your hands should be soft, smooth and touchable.

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Soft, smooth hands not only look good, they feel good. If your hands are overly dry, the skin can crack, itch and turn red, leaving you with raw, inflamed knuckles that can be embarrassingly unattractive as well as painful. Applying hand lotion at least twice per day -- more in dry weather or if you wash your hands frequently -- will help keep your hands looking younger, softer and healthier, and prevent the discomfort of chapped skin.

Wash your hands with gentle hand soap. Pat them dry on a clean towel.

Take off your rings, or turn them so any stones are facing away from the backs of your hands.

Apply a pea-sized dab of lotion to the back of one hand.

Press the backs of your hands together to spread the lotion evenly.

Rub the lotion into your left hand, paying special attention to your knuckles and any especially dry areas. Repeat on your right hand.

Blot any excess lotion off your palms with a towel.


  • Apply a second dab of lotion if your hands are very dry.

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About the Author

Living in California, Michelle Ullman is a professional writer with particular expertise in home, garden and pet/nature topics. Her work is published on many websites. She loves crafts and has a deep interest in design and DIY projects.