The best methods for dry hands – at home, simple and effective

Skin by Nicky Trynide

Dry hands that are difficult to moisturize become quite a common problem. Especially during the pandemic when we wash hands way more often and disinfect them with various products containing large amounts of dryness causing alcohol. How to restore hands with hydration? Meet the four effective methods for dry hands that are easy to use and you can try it at home.

Notoriously dry skin of hands is a signal that something is off. It may sometimes be something small like washing your hands too much or neglecting the skincare of this area. However, it happens that external factors are to blame as well as the general weakening of the organism.

Dry hands – the causes

It is worth knowing that the skin is devoid of natural protection due to little sebaceous glands in this area. For this reason, it is easy to upset the hydro-lipid balance of the skin. Here are the most common reasons for hands dryness that you should pay close attention to:

  • Repeated washing the hands in hard water.
  • The use of detergents without gloves.
  • Atmospheric factors: freeze, dry air.
  • Forgetting to use hand cream.
  • Skin diseases, e.g. atopic eczema, psoriasis.
  • Kidneys or hormonal problems.
  • Vitamins deficit, especially vitamin A.

At-home methods for dry hands

Luckily, every problem has an at-home solution. However, you should be mindful about it and remember that the base for the elimination of dry hands problem is to act at its cause. No matter how much you take care of the skin of your hands, if you do not improve their condition, e.g. by wearing gloves for cleaning up. Only when you stop causing dryness to the hands and harm them, those popular methods will help you and bring the desired effect.


Exfoliation is very important because it helps to smooth out the skin but also makes it easier for nutrients to get to the deeper skin layers on the further stages of skincare. The easiest exfoliator to make at home is to mix olive oil (nourishing) with sugar (abrasive factor). Preparing and using such an exfoliator takes only a few moments. Just mix the two ingredients and wrap in hands for a few minutes.


In the next step, it is best to go for a homemade cosmetic that is a honey hand mask. As you may know honey is a natural humectant that takes care of proper hydration level but also delivers nutrients and revitalizes the skin. How to prepare a honey hand mask? It’s not that difficult, especially because you can use the honey alone. You do not need to mix it with anything, though – if you feel like it – you can add to it, e.g. argan oil or yogurt.


If the honey mask won’t work, you can try a hand mask with… potato. It is simple to prepare: you just need an egg, boiled potato, and yogurt. Such a mix placed on hands should be covered with a plastic foil for at least 15 minutes to effectively work on dry and parched hands. After 15 minutes, you just need to remove the mask with warm water and protect your hands with your favorite cream. Your hands will be smooth, soft, and moisturized but will also gain healthy color.


When it comes to very dry hands that cannot be moisturized or smoothed out in any way, you should try flaxseed. The compress made with flaxseed is a rich source of omega-3 and other nutrients that make the skin of hands less irritated, regenerate faster, and become smoother. The flaxseed compress is easy to prepare: pour a small amount of hot water over a tablespoon of flaxseed and set aside for 30 minutes then strain the gel that is created. This sort of gel hand mask made out of flaxseed should be applied for at least 15 minutes to be able to improve the hands’ condition.

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Nicky Trynide

is a professional make up artist whose work has graced the runway and the red carpet as well as national and international television shows and magazines. Nicky credits his long and successful career in the industry to his innate ability to see and bring out the beauty in everyone. Growing up, his passion for his future profession was sparked by his mother and two grandmothers, all European-trained estheticians

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