How to Get Rid of Dry, Cracked Fingertips Naturally

by Cindy White

Chapped skin can come from a variety of causes: a dry, arid climate; working outside in harsh weather; overexposure to sun or chemicals; or even aging can make you more prone to chapped skin. If you've ever experienced dry, chapped hands, you know how uncomfortable that can be. Over time, chapped fingertips can actually crack. Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate this painful situation.

Items you will need

  • Natural oil (almond oil or cocoa butter)
  • Drinking water
  • Gelatin

Natural Oils

Step 1

Choose a natural oil to use on your hands. There are many to choose from, including almond oil and cocoa butter.

Step 2

Rub the oil gently into your hands.

Step 3

Repeat this twice a day on a regular basis.

Warm Showers

Step 1

Turn down the hot water the next time you take a shower. If your showers are too hot, that can contribute to chapped skin.

Step 2

Use warm water instead of hot and don't shower for too long. The longer you stay in the shower, the more chapped your skin can become.

Step 3

Make these warm, quick showers a daily habit.

Drinking Water

Step 1

Stay hydrated. If you're hydrated on the inside, you'll be less likely to have dry skin on the outside.

Step 2

Drink water on a regular basis throughout the day. To add variety, try adding a little lemon or lime juice to your water.

Step 3

Repeat this every day.

Gelatin

Step 1

Add one packet of gelatin to one cup of hot water.

Step 2

Allow the gelatin to turn into a jelly-like consistency.

Step 3

Soak each hand in the gelatin for at least 15 minutes.

Step 4

Repeat this process regularly to help dry, cracked hands and nails.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

In addition to a successful career as a professional writer, Cindy White spent several years in mid-management positions for a Fortune 500 company. Prior to that, she enjoyed her tenure as a technical writer and technical documentation supervisor in the manufacturing industry. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nevada-Reno.