ALL NATURAL DIY SKINCARE
"Good for you and good for the environment"
Hand Pain Caused by Dry Skin
and Chapped Hands
Hand pain caused by dry skin and chapped hands is common in both summer and winter.
I tend to suffer with chapped hands, particularly around the knuckles, regardless of the season. So I always make sure that I regularly moisturize to minimize the problem.
But sometimes it just isn't enough, and I need to spend a bit more time and effort to deep moisturize my skin.
It really is worth it to stop the cracking and the discomfort I feel each time I wash my hands or go outside.
Plus I really don't want the hand pain to ever get so bad that I develop chilblains.
Dual Benefit - Clean and Moisturize!
This is a neat little trick if you are washing your dishes by hand, or cleaning with rubber gloves on.
Put some moisturizer on your hands, then put on a pair of cotton gloves.
Put your rubber gloves over the top.
While you are working your hands will be getting well moisturized and will come out soft and smooth!
What Causes Hand Pain from Dry Skin?
It is really important to firstly understand the causes of dry skin.
This will give a good basic understanding so you can manage your hand pain on a daily basis - specific to your personal situation.
Then you can work out what additional treatments you might need to try.
Learn More About Your Hands and How to Look After Them
Your hands are highly complex and valuable tools. Understanding how they work, and how to look after them can be really beneficial, especially as you age, or if you are having hand pain problems.
Try out this fascinating Hand Anatomy Tool at Healthline.com.
If you are like me, you will find that hand joints and muscles become sore from "hard work" much more often than in earlier years!
Satin Smooth Hands
Finding really great skin care ingredients right there in your kitchen is always rewarding. Generally the cost is very low, and you always have them on hand when you need them (no pun intended).
This is one of the those absolutely simply home remedies straight out of the kitchen!
Sugar might be better for you on the outside of your body than on the inside!
FOR BEAUTIFULLY SOFT HANDS:
Take a tablespoon of lemon juice and mix it with 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Massage it into your hands, then rinse off.
Loving the result!
A BIT MORE MOISTURIZING:
Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and add about 3 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Rub quite vigorously on your hands, making sure you pay particular attention to rough skin.
Rinse off with warm water so the olive oil does not leave too greasy a residue.
Moisturize well after any cleansing or exfoliating treatment!
You might also like to try this Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe for your face.
Another Easy Recipe for Smooth Hands
Make a smooth paste by mashing half an avocado with
- a tablespoon of tomato pulp
- and a tablespoon of lemon juice.
Smear all over your hands, lie back and relax for about 20 minutes before rinsing off.
If you have really dry hands then you should do this by mashing half an avocado with
- a tablespoon of honey
- and just half a tablespoon of lemon juice.
As above, leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Homemade Remedy for Chapped Hands
This recipe is effective in treating both chapped hands and chilblains.
It is something you may wish to try if you need a bit of an extra boost to your hand care routine.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Butter (preferably unsalted)
Strainer or sieve
The amounts you need will be a judgement about how many elderflowers will soften into the amount of butter you have.
Remember that butter will eventually go off, so don't make too much each time.
You also need to use the treatment at room temperature so you can easily rub it into your skin.
WHAT TO DO:
Chop the elderflowers finely.
Add the elderflowers to the butter in a saucepan.
Gently melt the butter and allow the elderflowers to soften and meld into the buttery liquid. It is not necessary to boil this mixture so take the heating slowly.
Remove from the heat.
Allow to cool a little.
Pour through a strainer or sieve (to remove elderflower bits) into a heatproof container before it sets.
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