Do-It-Yourself Treatment for Dry Winter Hands

Do-It-Yourself Treatment for Dry Winter Hands

by Charlotte Siems
Dry, rough hands are uncomfortable any time of the year, but winter cold can make the problem worse.  Give your poor hands a treat and a jumpstart towards healing with this easy “spa treatment” for your hands.  Use your favorite brands for the following ingredients:
Petroleum jelly
Facial scrub (the kind with little beads or granules)
Hand soap (preferably liquid for ease of use)
Hand cream (something rich and creamy that smells delicious)
1.  Slather petroleum jelly on your hands.  Leave it on for a few minutes (and make sure you scratch your nose and turn on your iPod before you apply it). 
2.  On top of the petroleum jelly, apply facial scrub to hands and rub hands and fingers together.  By now you’ve got a greasy mess on your hands. 
3.  Wash your hands with warm water and your favorite type of hand soap. 
4.  Pat dry and finish the treatment with a generous application of rich hand cream. 
There!  Doesn’t that feel better?
What’s your favorite solution for dry winter hands?  Leave a comment below!
Charlotte Siems is a home-maker, home manager, T-Tapp Trainer, teacher, speaker and author.  Her story of losing over 100 pounds with T-Tapp has encouraged thousands of people all over the world.  She specializes in making home management and T-Tapp “doable” for real people and real life.  She is happy to be a wife and mother of twelve children whom she has successfully taught at home for 25 years.



  1. If you are gonna use petroleum jelly look for un- petroleum instead  you can buy it at health food stores do alittle research your skin is the largest organ.

  2. Yes! My spa treatment for tonight! My youngest two girls asked if we would do anything special tonight because their older sister is going out for the evening and they want a fun evening too. Perfect timing!

  3. I used to get cracked fingers during the winter until I started mixing equal parts Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil in a dark vial and the put in 10-20 drops of bulgarian lavender (from T-Tapp).  I apply this morning and evening to my hands, face, neck, chest and legs. The dryness is gone.

  4. I stopped using hand soaps with sodium lauryl sulfate (and other sodium . . .s) in them.  That alone made a huge difference.  My hands no longer crack and bleed.  Unfortunately, it took me decades to figure this out.  If I wash my hands in chlorinated water they get irritated, so I try to not do that if possible.  I also use liquid glycerin.  I buy a bottle with a top that allows you to dispense the glycerin one drop at a time.  Right before I go to bed I put a few drops of glycerin on my hand, and add a little hand lotion that does NOT contain any petroleum/petrolatum/etc.  This keeps my hands looking and feeling as though it is summer.  🙂  

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