Homemade Hand Cream for Dry Hands: The Best Cracked Hands Remedy
This homemade hand cream for dry hands is the best cracked hands remedy I’ve found when nothing else worked.
We recently moved back to the south and, after living nearly a decade in the Midwest. I have to say it’s late October, and we don’t have a care in the world about the winter ahead. And I couldn’t be happier because there’s nothing like having extremely dry cracked hands thanks to the harsh cold weather.
If you struggle with dry skin, then I can imagine you’ve tried almost everything to find the best hand cream for dry hands. My husband certainly did. Every winter that I can remember in Illinois, his hands were so severely dry that they would crack and bleed, as did his fathers and other friends and family members.
Fortunately for me, my hands never got that dry, but my heels came pretty close. I know how much of a relief it was when I figured out how to make a cracked heel balm stick two winters past. This led me to develop a homemade hand cream for dry hands that worked when nothing else did.
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How do you make hand cream for dry hands?
If you want to make the best hand cream for cracked hands, you’ve got to choose your ingredients wisely. You’ll need to look for ingredients that are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and superior moisturizers. Finding the right combination will put an end to all your dry skin woes! Nutrient-dense body butter and carrier oils, for example, help to repair vulnerable skin with vitamins and minerals.
Here’s a look at the key ingredients in this hand repair cream recipe that do just that, significantly improving dry skin.
The Best Hand Cream Ingredients for Dry Skin
If you’re after a superior moisturizing ingredient – shea butter is it!
Shea butter contains fat-soluble antioxidants such as Vitamin E that are powerfully regenerative. In addition to that anti-inflammatory properties, Vitamin A and F altogether helping to provide exceptional relief for dry skin conditions.
A study published in the National Library of Medicine found 74% of patients with dermatitis (severe dry skin) reported significant relief with regular application of shea butter.
Another effective ingredient for dry, cracked skin is coconut oil, according to a clinical trial published in the International Journal of Dermatology. It contains vitamins K and E that help repair broken skin. And the high amounts of fatty acids in coconut oil, including lauric acid, help reduce irritation, itchiness, and discomfort caused by dry skin. Coconut oil’s antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties are shown to decrease the characteristics of dry, brittle skin found in eczema-prone skin.
When applied to the skin, vitamin E oil helps to provide dry skin relief. You see, it boosts new cell growth by speeding up the process of cell regeneration. And it lubricates cell membranes bringing back softness to rough, dry skin.
I’m sure you can see why these ingredients are especially great for DIY hand cream. This recipe only requires these three ingredients, though I recommend adding anti-inflammatory essential oils such as lavender, known for its soothing abilities.
Homemade Hand Cream Recipe for Dry Hands:
This home remedy for dry, cracked hands was formulated with the intention of providing lasting dry skin relief with an easy-to-follow recipe. You won’t need a double boiler or any other specific equipment or skills to make it. And the ingredients are natural and easy to find. Most importantly, we’ve found this hand cream recipe to be more effective than any other cream or lotion. Ready to give it a go? (grab a printable recipe below)
DIY Hand Cream Ingredients:
¼ cup coconut oil, virgin unrefined
¼ cup shea butter
6 drops lavender essential oil
⅛ teaspoon vitamin E oil
6 drops cedarwood essential oil
How to Make a Homemade Hand Cream:
In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup of coconut oil, ¼ cup of shea butter, and ⅛ teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Using a hand mixer, whip ingredients together for 2 to 3 minutes.
Whip once more with the hand mixer until you have a creamy consistency. Scoop the hand cream into an airtight container.
– This recipe makes 6 to 8 ounces of hand cream.
– It’s best to make it in small batches and store it in a cool, dry place.
How do you repair damaged hands?
For best use, scoop a small amount of hand cream into your hands. A little goes a long way as the cream melts a bit when applied to the skin. Gently rub it into dry, cracked, or flaky areas.
For those with extremely dry cracked hands, apply this cream before bed and put on a pair of soft gloves for overnight relief. You may also want to use it immediately after a shower to help nourish vulnerable skin.
Even though this recipe contains intense moisturizers, I find it is light and creamy when applied. And my hands always feel silky smooth after.
PRINT THIS RECIPE:
- ¼ cup coconut oil, virgin unrefined
- ¼ cup shea butter
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- ⅛ teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 6 drops cedarwood essential oil
- In a small bowl combine ¼ cup of coconut oil, ¼ cup of shea butter, and ⅛ teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Using a hand mixer whip ingredients together for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Next, add 6 drops each of lavender and cedarwood essential oils.
- Whip once more with the hand mixer until you have a creamy consistency. Scoop the hand cream into an airtight container.
- It’s best to make it in small batches and store it in a cool, dry place.
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Between my husband and I, we’ve tried all kinds of lotions to keep our skin moisturized. But, nothing has worked better than this DIY hand cream for cracked skin. (I’m so glad it’s easy to make because everyone keeps asking me to whip up another jar for them.)
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