23 December 2010

These Hands

For us women, our hands are one of greatest assets. From caring for our family, wiping away tears, working hard for the money, or crafting away the afternoon...our hands make it happen.


My hands are absolutely horrible in the winter. Dry, cracked, itchy. 

This is the best thing I've found for winter hands.
I try to use it every night right before I go to bed. That way my scaly hands can soak in all the vaseline goodness.

Lori from Nitty Gritty Pretty shared a great idea with me... homemade hand scrub! I can't wait to try it.

According to Lori, "The sugar body scrub is so easy. Just put some white sugar in a bowl and slowly add Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Soap with Olay Beauty until you have a nice consistancy. The key is using the Dawn Hand Renewal dish soap. It really makes your hands very, very soft." 

E-How has other great homemade treatments for dry skin.

"Prepare an olive oil bath. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water. Add 4 tbsp olive oil. Soak your hands in the bowl for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your hands. Pat hands dry until just damp. Apply a light moisturizing lotion."

"Steam your hands. Cover your hands in petroleum jelly. Run hot water in the bathroom sink. Place your hands in the resulting steam and keep them there as long as is comfortable. Rinse and dry hands."

"Wet your hands with water. Shake off the water without drying your hands. Rub honey over your hands. Wait 5 minutes. Rinse under lukewarm water. Pat dry."

*Note, I haven't actually tried these methods, however in the dead of winter, I'll try anything once.



  1. I'm going to try some of these. I wonder if they would work on feet as well.

  2. This is so cool Laura. I'm going to have to bookmark this and give a few of these a try. Thanks!
    Merry Christmas. :)

  3. I have the same issues and I have found that Bath and Body works has a Chapped Hands remedy that contains a large amount of glycerin works really well. I also carry around Nivea cream and slather it on the tops of my hands (where my knuckles look like I have been in a fight). Merry Christmas!

  4. I just found your blog and wanted to add one idea to your list.
    Make an exfoliating mixture with sea salt (or coarse sugar) and fragrant massage oil. Keep it in a jar and weekly scoop about a tablespoon into your hands and rub it all over your hands, back and front. then rinse off with a gentle hand soap - feels amazing!
    Often the issue with dryness in winter is helped with good exfoliation!
    Enjoy & Happy Christmas!


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