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Winter Hands: How To Repair Dry And Cracked Skin On Hands

As we age, our skin loses collagen and elasticity and it can easily be seen on our face and hands. Besides the aging process, during wintertime our hands and skin are the main parts of the body exposed to wind and cold. It’s normal to have dry hands if we expose them to such weather conditions.

So, raise your hands if your skin looks beat up during winter, because my hands are so dry that skin begins to crack between my fingers. Like dealing with winter cold isn’t enough, we have to deal with its side effects! At least we can enjoy snow.

Luckily, there are several ways to deal with dry hands during winter. You can find all sorts of moisturizers and hand creams on any market shelf, but there’s just one thing you’ll learn during winter: high quality hand balms and creams can cost a small fortune.

On the other hand, you can save your money for skiing and prepare your own hand balm to treat dry and cracked hand skin. Slather a little bit of this homemade hand balm in the morning and wave dry and cracked skin goodbye.

Tip: if you want to boost the process and solve your dry hand skin quickly, try the following trick before going to bed.

All you need is a jar of petroleum jelly and a pair of old cotton gloves. (Use gloves not mittens). Simply slather on petroleum jelly all over your hands, slip them in to your gloves and hit the bed. The gloves help hold in the moisture all throughout the night. You’ll have softer hands by the time your alarm goes off.

Homemade Hand Balm For Dry And Cracked Skin

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of almond oil
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles
  • 1 tablespoon of Shea butter
  • 1 and a half tablespoons of raw honey
  • Essential oils

Materials:

  • a jar or small tins

Instructions:

  • Combine everything except for the raw honey in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second increments for 2 minutes, until the oils and beeswax have completely melted. Alternatively, you can use a double boiler to create this mixture.
  • Whisk in the raw honey and 10-20 drops of the essential oil of your choice and immediately pour into a glass jar.
  • Let cool to room temperature before testing. If you would like to adjust the texture, re-melt the balm and add either more beeswax or more oil until the desired texture is reached.
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