People's hands quickly dry out in the cold winter months. Many hand lotions that people use to moisturize the skin include harmful chemicals, which may irritate the skin and cause stinging sensations. Instead of purchasing a natural alternative, you can always find supplements to moisturizers around the house. Many of these long-lasting household items do not cause the same adverse effects that chemical-rich moisturizers do.
Use natural oils that are found in the environment. For example, almond oil, avocado oil, castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, extra virgin olive oil and shea butter are all great alternatives to a moisturizer.
Measure half a teaspoon of oil and rub it into your hands after you have washed them in warm water. The water opens your pores and allows for more moisturizer to absorb. Do not use any more than half a teaspoon because it will make your hands greasy.
Experiment to see which oil works the best with your skin. For some, shea butter will work wonders; for others, avocado oil will make hands very soft.
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A graduate of McGill University, Natalia Evdokimova has worked on many publications since 2005, ranging from hyper-local to city-wide print and radio projects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and international development studies.