Homemade hand treats
Dry skin on your hands can be one of life's big bugbears. Whether it's rough, dry knuckles or flaky, cracked skin, it can be unsightly and needs sorting ASAP. While there are obviously lots of products on the market, there are things you can use from within your own house to try and rectify the situation. Here are just a few suggestions on what can make a good home remedy.
Olive oil: Hand oils are an alternative to a moisturiser, and if you want to create something yourself in your own kitchen, olive oil is the must-have ingredient. It is often a key component in beauty products but its benefits can get lost in amongst the chemicals that are also packed into the tube or pot. Olive oil is packed with antioxidants that can repair dry, irritated or inflamed skin, and can help prevent and repair damage that can lead to wrinkles or sun spots. Try soaking cotton wool in the oil and apply to dry patches of skin; leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing off.
Olive oil can also be used in a homemade hand scrub if you mix it with some lemon juice and salt. Take the juice from one lemon and add to five tablespoons of sea salt and one of olive oil. Not only is the lemon invigorating for the senses but it will get rid of any flaky, dead skin cells and leave it feeling soft and moisturised.
Honey: By applying this sweet treat directly to the dry areas on your hands and massage it in, it can help soften and moisturise them. Leave on the skin for two-three minutes before rinsing off and repeat daily or every other day depending how severe your dryness is.
Coconut oil: This is another ingredient that appears in a lot of beauty products you can buy in the shops. But if you use it in its purest form, you get all the benefits. Plus it's really versatile and there are so many different ways you can use it, either by lathering it right on to the problem areas, or add a few spoonfuls to your bath or into a bowl of warm water and soak your hands in it for a while. Not only is it extremely good at moisturising, but it smells amazing too, the perfect scent for the impending warmer months!