Due to the potential risks of highly infectious viruses, it has become more important to wash your hands at regular intervals during the day to maintain hygiene. It is advised to wash hands for about twenty seconds for thorough cleansing, focusing on the areas that are usually missed out, such as parts between the fingers and around the nails.
However, too much washing can cause dryness, leading to rough and scratchy skin. Using hands sanitizer regularly also can be drying. So, I suggest after washing your hands, dry them with a clean towel – but leaving them a little moist. This will ensure that your hands retain some moisture on the application of a moisturizing product. Also apply a natural moisturizer a few times during the day.
In this article, you will find 6 top DIY Natural Homemade Hand Moisturizers that will help you keep your hands well moisturized, soft & supple with natural glow.
How To Prevent Your Hands From Drying Out?
The best way to keep your hands soft and protect them from drying out is to do something to draw moisture to your hands. An effective way to do this is to use liquid vegetable glycerin or aloe vera gel. Both act as natural humectants. A humectant helps draw moisture from the air and attach it to whatever it is on, in this case, your hands.
DIY Homemade Humectant Hand Solution Recipe
You will need:
(i) Liquid vegetable glycerin or Aloe vera gel: 1 tablespoon
(ii) Water: 1 tablespoon (Alternatively, you can use Rose Water)
(iii) Essential oil: 1-2 drops; Lavender is a good option (In case you are using rose water, essential oil is optional)
Mix all the ingredients together. You can store the mixture in a bottle with a cap for few days. When needed apply a few drops on to your hands and message gently. You may feel it sticky at first, but it will dry. If it seems too sticky, add a little bit more water.
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Almond oil is rich in fatty acids, thus is an ideal natural moisturize for people with dry skin. It helps the skin to retain moisture. Moreover, it is full of skin-healthy nutrients like, vitamins A and E. Where as vitamin E gets rid of dryness, vitamin A helps smoothen & soften the skin texture, leaving your hands well-nourished.
Simply put 1-2 drops of the oil onto your palm and gently massage all over your hands.
Note: For skin, always use sweet variant of almond oil.
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Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is jam-packed with antioxidants. While keeping the skin hydrated for long, it also provides skin-healing benefits of vitamin C, E and improves skin’s natural texture.
Take an aloe vera leaf & scoop out its gel and mash it nicely. If you don’t have access to aloe vera plant, you can buy pure aloe vera gel from a drug store. Take a pea-sized amount of the gel into your hand & massage gently all over your hands, leaving it on for a few minutes. You will see that your hands will be covered instantly with a thin, non-sticky film. Let the gel stay on for at fifteen to 20 minutes, allowing your skin sucks up its moisturizing benefits. Now rinse your hands. You will notice your hands look nourished.
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Shea butter is a traditional African much-loved skincare ingredient. It is widely acknowledged as a popular ingredient in DIY beauty recipes. A natural moisturizer full of healthy skin nutrients, it helps prevent dryness, repairs skin-damage and conditions the skin as well.
Massaging Shea butter gently on to your hands improves blood circulation, promotes skin’s elasticity; an effective way to maintain & recover suppleness in aging hands. It’s indeed a skin’s super food.
If you read labels, you will notice milk listed as a nourishing base in many of the moisturizers available on market. To avail most of it’s skin benefits, we recommend using full fat raw milk. Full of antioxidants such as vitamin B, calcium & alpha hydroxy acids, raw milk not only hydrates the skin from deep within, but also locks-in the moisture for long.
Take enough amount of raw milk into your hands and gently massage it to enable it reach the deeper layers of your skin. Let it sit on the skin for about 15 minutes before you rinse your hands clean, leaving your hands skin clear & soft.
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Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it has ability to retain water in the skin. This is what makes it a great moisturizer. It also contains potent antioxidants, which help smoothen the ageing lines & wrinkles on the hands and provides the skin a natural glow.
You just need to apply a thin layer of honey onto your hands and that’s all. Let it stay on for fifteen to 20 minutes. Rinse your hands with lukewarm water and pat dry. For skin care, we recommend using the organic variant of honey.
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