Frequent hand washing or an extremely cold weather can cause your skin to lose moisture. And when your skin turns ultra-dry, it becomes rough and flaky. Having chapped hands may impede everyday activities and may even be torturous when it becomes sore or develop into a more serious skin problem. So to immediately treat this skin problem, here are some handy remedies you can make yourself at home.
Treatment #1 – Steps to Make Honey-Lemon-Papaya-Pineapple Hand Soak
For this treatment, you will need 2 tablespoons of honey, 10 drops of lemon balm oil, 10 drops of papaya oil, and pineapple juice. This hand soak will aid in removing dead skin cells as well as moisten your dry hands. Another good trait of this remedy is that it works well on any skin type.
Firstly, heat up the honey in the microwave oven for ten seconds. Transfer the heated honey in a large bowl that can comfortably fit both hands. Gently stir in the lemon balm oil and papaya oil. Lastly, fill in the bowl most of the way with pineapple juice. Then, immerse your hands into the mixture for about 15 minutes and at the same time, massage the mixture in your hands. Afterwards, wash the mixture off your hands with cool water.
Treatment #2 – Steps to Make Papaya-Almond-Oatmeal Hand Scrub
For this treatment, you will need a tablespoon of papaya, half a teaspoon of ground almonds, half a teaspoon of ground oatmeal, a quarter teaspoon of pineapple juice, and a teaspoon of honey. The natural ingredients of this hand scrub will help exfoliate and improve the quality of your skin.
Begin by mashing the papaya in a bowl. Add the ground oatmeal and ground almonds to the pineapple juice and stir until totally combined. Combine the papaya with the pineapple mixture and honey until they become a paste. Cool the mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes. Then, rub the mixture over your hands; massage it in your skin for about 5 minutes and rinse off with cool water.
Treatment #3 – Steps to Make Petroleum Jelly Pack
This remedy is a very inexpensive and equally effective way to treat chapped hands. All you need to make this treatment for chapped hands are a huge tub of petroleum jelly and an old thick tube sock.
Using a scissor, cut the tube sock in half. This leaves you with one half with two open ends and another half with open and closed end. Then, cut the tip of the toes of the closed end. Just before going to sleep, apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly on the affected areas on your hand and seal it off with the tube sock halves. Let the jelly soak into the chapped skin overnight. Results will depend on the severity of the chapped skin. For severe cases, improvements can be seen 2-3 days after regular treatment.
Who would have thought making a remedy at home is this easy? Follow these simple tips to make a treatment for chapped hands and it will return to its normal healthy condition in no time.