Dry winter air, sun exposure, and getting your hands wet all contribute to dry, rough skin. Learn how to get soft hands by pampering yourself once a week and taking a few minutes each day to take care of your hands.
Exfoliate your hands once a week to get rid of dead skin cells. This helps keep skin healthier looking and brighter, and it can take years off your appearance. You can make your own scrub with 1/4 cup sugar and a tablespoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Gently massage all over your hands and forearms to remove dead skin cells. Rinse well and wash with soap to remove excess oil.
After you exfoliate, use a moisturizer made for dry skin. A cream formula with extra oils will help soften your skin and keep it moisturized longer. Petroleum jelly is a wonderful moisturizer because it locks the moisture in your skin for several hours. Some people prefer not to use petroleum based products on their skin, so look for a lotion with coconut oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter.
Made for cow udders, Bag Balm is a great moisturizer for your hands. Use nightly to keep skin soft and heal dry, cracked skin.
Use a lighter moisturizer during the day and apply often. Be sure to use a lotion after washing your hands. Do not use very hot water to wash your hands, and use gloves when you do the dishes or use chemicals to clean.