Home Remedies for Dry Hands and Feet: 8 Tips for Softer Winter Skin

Is the cold air leaving your skin painfully dry? These soothing remedies are sitting right in your kitchen.

Make them minty fresh

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Podiatrist Eric Reynolds told Wed MD that he recommends using Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash to soften dry skin on your feet. Mix one part Listerine to 2 parts water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes. The mouthwash contains benzoic acid to help shed dead skin and ethanol to protect feet from bacteria and fungus (reducing odor).

Wear socks to prevent cracks


When your foot is constantly exposed to trauma, it responds by thickening the skin on the sole of your foot. Walking around barefoot is the most common cause. This thick skin can lead to deep cracks in your heels if you don't treat it. Make sure to wear comfy socks or slippers when walking around your house.

Soothe with a yogurt mask

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For a cheap alternative to that high-end cream, try coating dry feet and hands in full-fat yogurt. The lactic acid in yogurt acts as a natural exfoliant to gently remove dead skin while the fats restore moisture. For an extra boost, mix a teaspoon of raw honey into the yogurt before slathering on skin (it's super hydrating). Leave the mask on for ten minutes before rinsing off.

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Spritz dryness away

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Rose, lavender, or bergamot essential oils are great for hydrating the skin. To create an herbal spritzer, mix a few drops of any or all of these essential oils with water in a four-ounce spray bottle. Spritz on dry hands and feet whenever your skin needs a boost.

Whip up an at-home cold cream

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This one is guaranteed to soften skin. You'll need 1 oz. beeswax, 1/3 cup virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons water or rosewater, and 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil. Melt the beeswax. Heat the oil slightly over a saucepan, then pour into the melted beeswax. Heat the water or rosewater in the saucepan, then stir it, drop by drop, into the oil and wax mixture. Remove from heat and stir until the mixture is cooled and thick. Blend in the lavender essential oil. Spoon the mixture into a jar and store in a cool, dark place. It should last about three months.

Mash an avocado

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The fats in avocados are extra nourishing for dry hands. Mash half of an avocado and combine with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/8 cup sugar. The sugar will exfoliate dead skin away while the oils moisturize skin.

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Slather on vitamin E

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Vitamin E is known to quench parched skin. Look for lotions with vitamin E already in them, or buy vitamin E capsules. Pierce 3-5 of the capsules and squeeze the contents into a small bowl. Mix with one spoonful of olive oil and massage into dry patches of skin. Olive oil is a natural source of vitamin E and will also reduce the stickiness of the capsules.

Try products with vitamin B3


B3 is another vitamin that will work to repair damaged skin. Vitamin B3 increases the production of ceramides and fatty acids, two components of your skins outer protective barrier. "As the barrier is strengthened, skin is better able to keep moisture in and irritants out," Leslie S. Baumann, MD, director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute told Prevention magazine.

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