2. Exfoliate with a Gentle Scrub
Slough off those dead skin cells by rubbing your hands with an exfoliating scrub each week. Here are four simple recipes to get you started:
- ¼ cup of baking soda + ½ cup of softened coconut oil
- ¼ cup of brown sugar + ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of coffee grounds + 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil
- ½ cup of coarse sea salt + ¼ cup of jojoba oil
Slowly massage all over your hands in a circular motion for about 30 seconds. Allow your skin to absorb the mixture for another 30 seconds. Rinse with warm water.
3. Keep a Bottle of Moisturizer Handy
While keeping your hands moisturized to counteract dryness is a no-brainer, what types of moisturizers will work best on our tired, overworked hands?
Most moisturizers are made by balancing three kinds of ingredients:
- Humectants draw water from the air to the surface of the skin. Examples of natural humectants include aloe vera, honey, and lactic acid.
- Occlusives work by forming a waterproof layer on the surface of the skin to prevent moisture from evaporating. Petroleum jelly is a classic occlusive agent, but beeswax, lanolin, and candelilla wax are much better alternatives.
- Emollients smooth the surface of the skin by filling in cracks and crevices between skin cells to improve softness and overall appearance. Natural emollients span plant-based oils like jojoba, avocado, and rosehip, Shea and cocoa butter double as emollients and occlusive agents.
Try this: 1 tablespoon of raw honey + 8 tablespoons of 100% pure and organic melted beeswax + 1 cup of sweet almond oil + ½ cup of rose water (or you can make your own rose water). Or, you can experiment with different moisturizing ingredients and ratios to create a hand lotion that works well for your skin.
Just as important as the types of ingredients you use in your moisturizer is the frequency of application. To really tackle dry hands, you should apply moisturizer every time you get your hands wet. And always keep a small bottle with you when you’re away from home.