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How to Make Your Hands Soft Like a Baby

Daily life can result in callouses on your fingers and palms. Rough skin can be caused by drying, chapping, and your skin's response to ordinary chemicals. If you want to make your skin soft like a baby, there are easy home treatments that you can try yourself. Other simple strategies can help soften your hands as well.

Method One of Two:
Using Home Remedies
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    Apply olive oil and sugar. Olive oil is a great skin moisturizer. Pour about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil into your palm. Add a teaspoon of sugar. With one finger, mix the sugar into the olive oil until it is a gritty mixture. Then rub your palms together, spreading the oil and sugar mixture to cover your skin.[1]
    • Inexpensive olive oil will be fine for this remedy.
    • Rub your hands together for several minutes, making sure all your skin is covered. After you've rubbed your hands well, gently rinse with water.
  2. 2
    Mix glycerin, rosewater and lemon. Start by mixing a tablespoon of glycerin and an equal amount of rosewater in a small glass jar. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, or a few drops of bottled lemon juice. Stir well.[2]
    • Cup your palm and pour about teaspoon of the mixture into your palm.
    • Rub your hands together. Make sure the mixture covers the palm as well as the back of your hands. Work the mixture well between your fingers.
    • Dry your hands with a soft cloth or towel.
    • Apply twice a day. This mixture shouldn't be kept for more than a couple of days.
  3. 3
    Soak your hands in egg yolks. Separate an Egg into egg yolk and whites. Put the egg yolk into a small bowl, and set the egg whites aside. Add 1 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of almond powder, and a few drops of rosewater to the egg yolk. Stir well.[3]
    • Rub well into your hands for 10 minutes or so, making sure to cover all your skin.
    • Allow mixture to sit for about 10 minutes more.
    • Gently rinse the mixture from your hands, and dry.
  4. 4
    Make cream of butter and almond oil. Put 2 teaspoons of butter, and one teaspoon of almond oil into a small bowl. Blend well with a fork until smooth. Follow by rubbing cream well into your hands.[4]
    • Allow the mixture to be absorbed by leaving it on your hands for at least 20 minutes. Follow by rinsing gently in lukewarm water.
    • The vitamin E in the almond oil will help heal cracked skin and diminish wrinkles.
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    Apply lemon and sugar. Take a 1/2 slice of a lemon. Sprinkle a little sugar on the moist fruit. Squeeze the sugared lemon slice into your hand until the sugar seems completely gone. Repeat with your other hand.[5]
    • This simple remedy can be easily found if you're in a restaurant and want to soften your hands quickly.
    • The lemon slice also helps rid your hands of unpleasant odors, like garlic or fish.
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    Make a hand scrub using coconut oil. Put 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons honey and mix well. In a second bowl, mix 1/4 cup sea salt together with 1/4 cup sugar. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to the dry mixture until it has the consistency of slightly damp sand. Combine the salt mixture with the oil and honey mixture, and stir well.[6]
    • With your fingers, scoop a small amount into your hand.
    • Rub your hands together well, and spread the scrub across your palms and between your fingers.
    • Rinse with warm water, and gently dry with a towel.
    • Store excess scrub in a glass jar with an airtight lid.
    • Apply 1-2 times per week.
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Method Two of Two:
Preventing Dry Skin
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    Wear gloves in cold weather. Cold weather causes a lot of damage to skin, causing it to dry and crack. Wearing gloves in cooler temperatures protects the skin.[7]
    • Buy multiple pairs of mittens and gloves, to go with every outfit.
    • If you work outside, remember to always keep a replacement pair of gloves in your vehicle's aptly-named glove compartment.
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    Protect your hands from housework. Wearing rubber or latex gloves to wash dishes is essential to softening your hands. The chemicals of cleaning products also damage skin. Having multiple pairs of rubber or latex gloves will save your hands.[8]
    • Disposable latex gloves can be worn to do gardening work, saving the skin while still allowing for subtle touch.
    • Use gloves when handling hot peppers, zucchini, eggplant or other foods that might result in drying hands.
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    Drink plenty of water. Most experts agree that 8 cups per day is needed to remain hydrated. Remember, your skin is an organ and it requires water like other organs for proper functioning. Without water, your skin will become dry and cracked.[9]
    • Avoid alcohol, which dehydrates your skin.
    • Keeping a water bottle or a glass of water near your work space will help you remember to drink water throughout the day.
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    Limit your lotion. Moisturizers can be helpful, but they should be applied in small doses. If you use lotion more than twice a day, you may be preventing your hands from using their own moisture.[10]
    • If you need to occasionally apply extra lotion, that's fine.
    • The best lotion includes lanolin, a natural moisturizer that comes from sheep.[11]
    • Petroleum jelly is another good moisturizer for dry hands.
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    Avoid hot water on your hands. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, and dries out hands and fingers. Use lukewarm tap water, just about the same temperature as the air.[12]
    • Hot water that causes your hands to become red is too hot. The red comes from dilated blood vessels just beneath the surface of the skin. The capillaries open, and more blood flows to your hands, resulting in more fluid loss.
    • Stay away from hot-air hand dryers as well.
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    Use good soap. Look for a hand soap that contains aloe vera, vegetable oils, avocado or cocoa butter. Soaps with vitamin E and jojoba oil can help protect against dry skin conditions.
    • If you don't need to wash your hands for hygienic purposes, use a gentle liquid soap without water. Simply rub the soap into your palms, and blot it off gently. This can be particularly effective for someone with eczema.[13]
    • Choose soap based on your own experience, as skin conditions vary widely.
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    Use sunscreen. Sun acts on skin to dry it out and results in damage. If you don't like the feeling of sunscreen on your palm, wipe it off with a wet wipe after applying it to the backs of your hands.
    • Good sunscreen protects your skin from dust as well as sun damage.
    • Sunscreen often includes skin moisturizers which can help soften skin.
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  • Is it also effective for black hands?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes, except for in a few extreme cases, all of the suggestions below will work for most any skin color and type.
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  • Which remedy is best for those with fair skin?
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    • I have fair skin as well and I think the best one is the olive oil and sugar.
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  • How can I get fair skin?
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    • You can get fair skin by using lemon and sugar on your hands. It is effective.
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  • My hands are too dry and when I do household work they become worse. What can I do?
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    • Use hand cream or lotion in the morning and in the evening. Also, wear gloves when you work to protect your hands.
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  • Is there any method to make my rough skin smooth again?
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    • Try mixing olive oil with brown sugar to create a scrub. It's effective for many people.
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  • Is there anything I can use as an alternative to olive oil?
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    • Canola oil, coconut oil, and almond oil all work too.
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  • What oil do I use to make my hands soft?
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    • You can try olive oil, coconut oil, or argan oil.
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  • How effective are the remedies from the article?
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    • They are very effective.
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  • How long will my hands stay soft?
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    • It depends on how much wear they go through every day, but if you are diligent and keep applying these methods daily, they'll definitely last.
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  • Are the results permanent?
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    • The results aren't exactly permanent but if you are dedicated and apply daily, you will see a difference.
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Quick Summary

To make your hands soft like a baby, pour olive oil and sugar into your palm and then rub your hands together. You can also rub egg yolks and honey into your hands and then leave the mixture on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. If you have butter and almond oil on hand, mix them together and then rub the mixture into your hands. Leave the mixture on your hands for 20 minutes and then rinse it off.

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    Angela Hunter

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    "Make a hand scrub using coconut oil in part 6 was helpful. "
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    "My hands were very dry. I have heard many things about this from my friends, who also made fun of me. After using this suggestion, I got a much softer palm 2 months later. Thanks!"..." more
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    May 1, 2016

    "Using sugar and olive oil helped me a lot! It really works! After washing my hands with warm water, I immediately felt the difference. Very easy. I suggest you try this at home."..." more
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    Felecia I.

    Jun 28, 2017

    "I have a lot of dry skin issues with my hands and feet and this helps out a lot. I've bought store products that don't work and found that home remedies are the best."..." more
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    Jul 28, 2017

    "Very helpful because I didn't know any remedies mentioned. I'm going to try them for my hands, because they sometimes get dead skin. "..." more
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    "These methods are cool, thought was gonna be a long process. It's awesome. The one I prefer is the sugar and olive oil method."..." more
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    Nov 28, 2016

    "After using olive oil and sugar to soften my hands, they have become baby soft. Unbelievable! Thanks a lot for the tips!"..." more
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    May 14, 2017

    "Home remedies are really great and inexpensive. I love the olive oil and sugar remedy. Thanks."
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    "I am looking forward it and it gives very good results. All I can say it is so perfect!"
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    Sep 23, 2016

    "It helped me to feel good about myself because my friend commented about my soft palm."
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    Anonymous

    May 25, 2017

    "With the help of olive oil and sugar, now my hands are softer than before."
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