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How to Get Softer Hands [Skin Remedies]


How to Get Softer Hands

We often neglect our hands and feet when it comes to moisturizing, and it’s usually just because they’re not the first things we see in the mirror in the morning. In fact, we rarely make the conscious effort to look at our hands and feet at all. And it’s fair; we probably have more pressing things to do.

Taking care of your hands and getting softer skin doesn’t require a whole lot of change in a person’s routine, though. It’s very much doable, and doesn’t require you to take a lot of time out of your schedule. Here are a few things you should and shouldn’t do to get softer hands.


How Do Hands Become Rough?

Skin becomes dry for a variety of reasons, one of them being the weather. A lot of people experience extra dryness of the skin in the winter time, from the lack of moisture, and they can experience it not just in the hands, but on their arms, legs and the rest of the body.

Some people have drier skin in general, and that is normal too.

There are different reasons that hands become rough as well; it can be the weather, or the kind of stress that’s put on your hands. Certain workplace conditions can also cause dry or rough hands. Those who have jobs that require extensive handwashing, such as nurses, doctors, or teachers, and people in fields of construction can find their hands become drier fast. People who work in factories, or with paint or those who work with chemicals (like hair dyes) can find their hands dry, too.


What Do I Get Softer Hands?

The one plus side to an issue like rough or dry hands, is that it’s pretty reparable for the most part! Just a couple of small adjustments to your daily routine can help you straighten out rough-skin conditions.

There are particular conditions, such as bleeding, severe redness, or swelling, that are signs that you should seek medical opinion. But if your hands are dry from conditions such as work, the weather, or it is simply due to your skin-type, all you need are a few simple tips.

Getting into the habit of coddling your skin is the starting point.


1. DO use lotion or hand moisturizer

Just like the rest of your body, your hands deserve and need to moisturized. Without it, skin begins to crack and flake. Using a hand lotion or moisturizer daily, a few times a day if possible, is the easiest and quickest way to see softer hands and see them quick.

A great hand moisturizer is one that doesn’t require you having to constantly reapply before the next time you wash your hands. We like the Anti-Aging Hand Cream by Osea for it’s ability to moisturize completely, while reversing damage done in the past.


2. DON’T use irritating or overly-drying soaps

Most of us are aware that using soap on your face instead of cleanser causes dryness and strips the skin of its natural oils. Turns out, it’s better for your hands that you use natural soaps, because natural ingredients such as oils can actually soften your skin rather than dry it out.

Soapply for Credo Liquid Hand Wash uses an organic oil formula to hydrate and moisturize while you wash your hands. With it’s natural ingredients, it’s a great soap to use if you want your hands to be clean but not become rough.

(Drying soaps are not just the ones that you wash your hands with, but also the ones you wash dishes with. To avoid too much contact with soaps that are only meant for dishes, use rubber gloves when you wash.)


3. DO exfoliate

You’ll start to notice that a lot of the things you are doing (or should be doing) for your face, are the same as what you need to be doing for your hands as well.

If you are already in the habit of a daily skincare routine, a quick addition to it is to start exfoliating your hands! Good exfoliators are able to nourish, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. You don’t have to do it every day; a couple of times a week is sufficient to get rid of dead skin cells and renew your skin.


4. DON’T use hot air dryers

If you can avoid hot-air dryers, do so. They are popular because they are quick and convenient, and they keep you from accidentally rubbing your hands on your shirt. But it’s better to avoid because hot air can dry out your hands, which causes that roughness to develop. Use a towel or lightly use paper towel to dry. Apply lotion once you are done.


5. DO use a humidifier

A humidifier is actually a great addition to anyone’s skincare system, even though it may not be the first thing you think of. Especially in the winter time and in drier climates, a humidifier can help soften your skin. All you have to do is turn it on.


Getting softer, younger-looking hands really doesn’t have to be loads of work. Consistently follow these few tips and you will have softer hands in no time at all!

14 thoughts on “How to Get Softer Hands [Skin Remedies]

  1. I sometimes forget the harm that soap can do, being that its soap… lol. I do use a good hand lotion for my hands but sometimes in the winter I can have trouble with dryness. Its easy to forget to apply it constantly. Do you know of a lotion that’s good for the hands but doesn’t need me to reuse it constantly !?

  2. Hands are often forgotten!  I enjoyed reading your recommendations on keeping them soft and moisturized.  I’ve not thought about using a humidifier to help keep my hands soft before.  I’d love to know what exfoliators you use for your hands.  I’ve used exfoliators such as apricot scrub in the past for you face.  Would you recommend such a scrub for your hands?  Do you have any recommendations for exfoliators or brands? 

  3. You made some very good points here, sometimes I do forget my hands need taking care of just as often as any other part of the body. They become so dry that I had to seek remedy.

    I am one of those people with dry skin and adding the weather to the mix, well, it just makes things worse. These are some great suggestions that don’t take too much time out of your day. 

    I do think moisturizers work, the problem is remembering to use them as often as necessary. Maybe I need to get a routine for them. I will definitely try out the steps you mentioned above and see how it goes!

    1. You’re absolutely right! Moisturizing and using lotions works, it’s a matter of remembering to do that at all! Hands are so often forgotten, and a routine will certainly help!

  4. Hello Sonia, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. My hands are very rough primarily because of a job I do, I tried many things to soften them but with no luck. I see you mentioned using non-irritating soaps, I did not pay attention to it, thank you for sharing such useful tips, I will definitely follow it.

  5. My hands are constantly drying out.  The Maine cold weather and the heat of the wood stove makes my hands and fingers crack.  The hand cream by Osea looks very cool to try out.  Have you tried this yourself?  I never thought of exfoliating my hands.  My feet yes but never my hands.  This post was very helpful especially this time of year.  Will will share this with my friends.  Look forward to seeing my of your posts.   

    1. I actually have! Although my work is mainly on the computer, I find that even just typing the day away can contribute to drying out the hands and particularly the fingertips.I find Osea’s hand cream works quite well for that!

  6. I agree. I don’t realize how much I neglect my hands and feet when it comes to moisturizing. My hands always get really dry in the winter and sometimes being a bit of a “germaphobe” that I am, often wash my hands or sanitize them with purell. I’m pretty sure that contributes a lot to the dryness of my hands. I’m glad I came across this article because I try everything and feels like it only gets worse. Thanks to your article, I’m now going to also consider exfoliation which I never would have thought to try. Great post and thanks for sharing!

  7. I was happy to find that I’ve been following most of your recommendations already. I hate the feeling of dry skin! I always have moisturizer in my bedroom, my car, and my backpack especially now that it’s winter. The one thing you mentioned that I don’t do enough is use a humidifier. I get really lazy and don’t feel like cleaning it every few days but it does make a huge difference in my skin! 

  8. I think I’ll say that I’m one of those who doesn’t care much about my hands. To me, it’s not a big deal. Here, you’ve talked about caring for our hands and have made me understand how important we to do so.

    We really do need to care for your skin and it’s not to be overlooked. I work with chemicals a lot. This is the more reason why I need to do so. I think that this is ideal to add this to my daily routine so as to keep my hands moisturized and soft always.

  9. Having soft hands is something men overlook, in my opinion. During the wintertime, my hands get extremely dry and crackle. I tried thousands of cremes and other things, but very few products really help me with this problem. I’ll try some of your suggestions to see what’s going to happen, Thanks again for sharing your thoughts about products that dry hands!

  10. I wish I could remember to moisturize more often! You are right though, I think it’s a simple thing most of us just forget so easily. My big thing is that my hands get a little clammy, so if I put lotion on I feel like it just makes my hands warmer and it gets worse, lol! That’s not all the time, but sometimes that’s a reason I purposely don’t use lotion on my hands. Other times they’re drying up though, and I wish I had some lotion with me! Your recommendations do sound good, I may give one a try.

  11. Hey!  read your last post on how to keep your skin some days ago and it has been very helpful. I never knew the issue of dry hands can be repairable with simply applying moisturizer continuously. I will also take note of the issue of overly drying soaps, I didnt really think of that when it comes to hands, even though it might seem obvious. Liquid soap is usually less drying than bar soap, I think.

  12. Thank you for this informative article about taking care of our hands, I do know moisturizers work, the problem is remembering to use them as often as necessary. I need to get a routine for my hands as they can be forgotten at times unless l wash them remembering to moisturize them at any other time is mostly forgotten. I will definitely try out the steps you mentioned above and see how it goes. l have a very sensitive skin and most of the hand lotions or moisturizers don’t treat me well l will probably try Anti-Aging Hand Cream by Osea and see how it will treat me on a normal day l use Vaseline for my hands and not very often.I think that this is ideal to add to my daily routine to keep them moisturized and soft.Thank you for sharing l will share this post with my friends and colleagues. 

    Wishing you all the best! 

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