| Is there a good home treatment for rough, dry hands?

Is there a good home treatment for rough, dry hands?

jayc_33618 asked:

I recently started work in a Borders cafe. I have never done food service work before and all the dish washing and cleaning has exposed my hands to some very harsh chemicals. In addition, it is winter here. As a result my hands are very rough, dry and cracking. I don’t have a great deal of money to spend, so I was wondering if anyone knew of any homeopathic treatments, using common household ingredients that would not cost much, that would be good for relieving my hands, and softening them up?

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9 Responses to “Is there a good home treatment for rough, dry hands?”

  1. robynn on June 6th, 2009 4:30 pm

    Mix together a tbsp of sugar, and 2 tbsp of olive or almond oil. Over the sink, rub the scrub into hands and skin for a couple minutes. Rinse under warm water until sugar is gone. Do not use soap. Pat dry and allow the oils to penetrate the skin naturally. (Do not use salt, it burns!!!) Sugar will also add hydration.
    Avoid extreme temperatures, even HOT water, or not wearing gloves outside. Try applying lotion after washing hands, look for one that has a silicone in it, to provide a barrier between your hands and the chemicals.
    If skin is cracking and bleeding, use polysporin as a hand lotion. I have, and it feels so much better!

  2. magic1 on June 7th, 2009 11:29 pm

    You could try using either baby oil or vaseline on your hands and then putting your hands in saran wrap or plastic bag for about an hour. I used to work in a hospital and the rubber gloves made a mess of our hands too. We used to use Udder cream, that we got from a feed store. We figured if it worked on cows it might be good for us. It was. Worked real good.

  3. YellowRose on June 9th, 2009 1:52 am

    Rub Castor Oil into your skin & sleep with socks on your hands at night. Yes it looks funny but it’s cheap and I bet you have some cotton socks at home already.

  4. Jo on June 10th, 2009 5:52 am

    Mary Kay Satin Hands- It is now peach scented. I think you could go to the website to request a free sample, then you could decide if you want to buy it.

  5. rooster on June 10th, 2009 3:32 pm

    it is cheap and it is wonderful! goop! yes the favorite of mechanics and metal working men everywhere use this stuff and it cleans your hands, makes them smell great, and soft as a baby’s bottom. and for just $3.00 a can you can get it at any auto parts store. i recommend auto zone. but napa and all the others have it. grease monkeys like me couldn’t live without it.

  6. theedge62 on June 11th, 2009 7:48 pm

    The best thing for those hands and doesn’t cost much at all is before going to bed at night take Vaseline and put it all over your hands and then put rubber gloves on the exam ones or the ones you buy for doing dish and sleep with them on and you will never believe it the hands will be smooth as a baby’s butt.

  7. maddyflorida on June 12th, 2009 6:32 am

    I bartended for years and had the same problems. I purchases a paraffin machine/tub. You can purchase them at Target stores and they are alittle cheaper this time of year because they are good gifts. It will run you about $30-$50. Just heat it up, dip your hands in, pull them out, dip again, pull out. Get a friend/spouse to place ziplock bags over your hands and put rubberbands/hair bands around your wrist. Sit like this for about 20 minutes, take off the bags and peel the wax off. You will feel a difference immediately and notice a long term in a couple weeks, Try to do atleast once a day. Helped me, hope it helps you!

  8. Ali on June 15th, 2009 10:45 am

    Use a non-scented lotion. Sometimes the chemicals in the scents can just make it worse. Also Vaseline works very well, too.

  9. Nemo on June 16th, 2009 11:10 am

    Gold Bond Hand Therapy Lotion