During this time of self-isolation, quarantine, and non-travel, I’ve been pondering what to write about for this website. My husband suggested I write about things that are helping make our family’s daily life better and the issues we are dealing with now that we are in self-quarantine. So, I’ve decided to create a wellness section that will include DIY recipes for things like homemade hand sanitizer and other useful and fun projects. I’m also starting a travel recipes section that will share some of my favorite foods I’ve tried while traveling as well as a few dishes I wasn’t able to try because I’m allergic to gluten and wanted to recreate once I got home. Below is my first article about an issue I’m dealing with now — Over-Washed Hands that are dry and chapped!
Best Hand Lotions for Dry, Chapped & Over-Washed Hands
I don’t know about you, but my hands are dry, cracked and tight by the end of the day because of the amount of hand washing I am doing right now. In the scheme of things, dry hands are at the bottom of the list compared to everything else going on in the world, but we still need to take care of ourselves. A simple hand cream, milk bath or using the plastic bag trick can help nourish your hands while you’re doing your part to wash your hands often and stop the spread of germs.
Of course, once we get back to traveling, a great hand creme is a must, especially when flying, because of the dryness on planes and of course, from the frequent hand washing.
5 Best Hand Lotions that are Super Nourishing
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- Weleda Skin Food This is my absolute favorite and is ideal for skin that is dry, flaky, and in need of extra care. I have one tube in my office that I keep in my desk drawer and use throughout the day. I also keep a tube in my nightstand to use before bed and one in my purse. It is thick and nourishing and absorbs quickly. It can be used on the face or body and is my #1 go-to hand cream.
- Expedition 100% ORGANIC Ultra Repair Skin Cream for Cracked & Chapped Hands contains organic shea butter (rich in natural vitamins and fatty acids) and organic acai berries which are one of the highest antioxidant fruits in the world with high levels of vitamin C that are both incredibly nourishing and skin-soothing as well as organic aloe vera that helps skin healing and hydration.
- Gloves in a Bottle Skin Repair Lotion for Hands this soothing hand lotion promotes healthy skin from within. It lasts between 4 to 12 hours and does not wash off making it an ideal moisturizer during this time of mega hand washing.
- Duke Cannon Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm I agree the name is fairly aggressive, but so is this hand cream. It was created for workers, boxers, and other such hands-on professionals. It moisturizes and repairs dry, cracked hands without leaving your skin feeling sticky or greasy and a portion of proceeds benefits U.S. Veterans.
- Bag Balm I first learned about Bag Balm when I was pregnant. Many of the moms swore by it for use between breastfeeding. If you haven’t heard of Bag Balm, when you first look into it, you’ll find it was originally created for use with farm animals. All of that aside, it is AMAZING for dry and chapped skin. Give it a try! You will not be disappointed.
5 Products You Probably Have at Home to Treat Dry Hands
Tight on cash or in need of immediate relief for your over-washed hands? Thee five household items help treat dry skin. I’ve also included a great recipe for a milk bath that is nourishing to hands and the whole body. And, who doesn’t deserve to soak in a hot tub right now? It’s calming, relaxing and de-stressing.
1. Milk Bath
Treat your hands or your entire body to a nourishing milk bath.
Milk acts as a natural skin softener and is hydrating. Add 1 cup of milk (full-fat or whole milk is best) to a bowl for soaking your hands or 2-3 cups to the bathtub. Fill the bowl or tub with warm water and soak for at least 15 minutes. No need to rinse off after as you want to seal in all that moisture. Dry off and use your favorite moisturizer to seal in the with a bottle of natural lotion for a guaranteed soft, silky smooth glow.
Another option for a milk bath is to create a powdered version with some beautiful essential oils for a fragrant soothing bath.
Milk Bath Recipe for Over-Washed Hands
Ingredients for Milk Bath
1 cup powdered whole milk
¼ cup Epsom salts
⅛ cup baking soda
10 drops of essential oil such as Ylang Ylang, Vetiver or French Lavender
You can also add a few tablespoons of dried herbs such as lavender
Directions to Make Milk Bath Mixture
- In a medium mixing bowl, add powdered milk, baking soda, and Epsom salts. Lightly whisk to combine thoroughly.
- Add your choice of dried herbs and stir.
- Begin adding drops of your selected essential oil, while continuously whisking for a balanced fragrance.
- Store in an airtight glass container. This recipe makes 12 ounces.
Use 1/4 cup of powdered milk blend in a bowl with warm water for soaking your hands. For a tub soak, use 1/2 – 3/4 cup.
2. Coconut Oil
If you have coconut oil on hand (the kind you cook with), simply take a few tablespoons out and place them in a small jar. If you have essential oils you can add them for fragrance. Simply take a small dab of the oil, and warm it in your hands and then rub it in. A little goes a long way and if you use too much you will be very oily. So, start with a very small dab and add more as needed. It’s very nourishing and smells great!
3. Olive Oil
Use about one teaspoon of olive oil and rub it into cuticles and hands. If you have time, cover your hands with plastic wrap for 10 minutes to ensure that the oil fully absorbs into your skin. This is a great home remedy for dry and cracked hands.
Lemons contain vitamin C which is a very skin-friendly nutrient. Mix baking soda and lemon juice to make a paste. Then rub the paste into your hands for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse and follow up with a nourishing moisturizer.
5. Plastic Bags
If your hands are dry, cracked and over-washed try this solution. Rub a thick layer of your favorite hand creme such as Weleda Skin Food on your hands. Place them in a plastic bag. The moisturizer and your body’s warmth will help make your hands supple in about 15 minutes.
Recipe for DIY Hand Lotion
If you are in craft-mode and looking for a new project, why not make your own hand moisturizer? The below recipe is simple because it doesn’t require you to cook or melt any ingredients. It is very nourishing, but not as greasy as most body butter and will leave your hands feeling soft and moisturized.
Ingredients for Hand Lotion
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder, tapioca powder or cornstarch
- Essential oils: you can add essential oils to make it more fragrant, so pick a combo of your favorites. Some of my favorite combinations are:
- Ylang ylang + Patchouli if you’re into earthy scents
- Lavender + Rose if you are looking for a peaceful, soothing scent
- Lemon + Rosemary if you are looking for a refreshing and energetic scent
- Angelica + Myrrh if you like a musky, earthy smell with a hint of spice
- Ylang ylang + Geranium if you’re into floral scents
Directions to Make Hand Lotion
- Using a hand mixer, mix the shea butter for a few minutes or until fluffy.
- Add the grapeseed oil and vitamin E oil. Mix for a few minutes until all the ingredients incorporate.
- Add the arrowroot powder a little at a time and mix it in until it’s not grainy. (The arrowroot powder, tapioca powder or cornstarch is oil-absorbing and helps to emulsify the ingredients).
- Add the Aloe Vera gel. Mix until it feels like a fluffy, soft lotion.
Keep it in a small mason jar or transfer it to a small glass jar like this one.
5 Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs says the CDC. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading, so before you use any of the above methods or products, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
Follow these five steps every time you wash your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Disclaimer: Always check with a doctor or health care provider before using essential oils, especially on children or if you have a medical condition.
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Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.