Our hands are probably the most used body part that we have. We eat with our hands, type with our hands, write with our hands, wash clothes with our hands, hold handles in public transport with our hands, pick things, keep them back, and do a lot of other things throughout the day. With all this, it is obvious that our hands are exposed to a lot of conditions and environments daily, ranging from dirt to heat, to pollution, sweat, water, mud and what not! And very often, we do not realise, but the same hands being exposed to so much finally start to show the consequences by becoming dry and cracked.
Being dry and cracked, our hands start to look unimpressive, and we feel the need to cure the problem as soon as possible. Since our hands are not really one body part that we can hide from the world, there are people who often feel very embarrassed because of their cracked hands. Some people then start to go in for different kinds of products that are available in the market these days. There are various kinds of hand repair creams, hand washes, tablets, tonics and many other things available at drug stores and cosmetic shops. But unfortunately, as promising as these products might seem, not many of them actually work and give results. And sooner or later, people do realise that they have done nothing but wasted a lot of money on buying these products that were useless.
Therefore, the best solution to deal with dry and cracked hands is to follow some simple home remedies. The reason why most people often switch to home remedies instead of going in for some kind of chemical treatment is that these are safe, and tried and tested. Besides, home remedies often demand ingredients from your kitchen, which means that they are the cheapest form of cure that you could get for your problem.
For dry and cracked hands, two most essential things to do at home are exfoliating and moisturising. For exfoliating, a simple scrub can be prepared at home by crushing some almonds and mixing them with a little amount of almond oil, or rose water. The hard pieces of almond will help scrub your skin well, and will take away the dried and peeled parts, giving your hands a healthier and cleaner feel. After hard exfoliating, it is importance to rinse your hands and then moisturise them. For moisturising, almond oil is again very good. Alternately, you can use coconut oil as well.
Applying a mix of honey and lemon juice on your hands can be helpful. Honey will help get the smoothness back and lime will help deal with the peeled parts of the skin. Together, they also act as a disinfectant for your hands.
Be careful of simple things such as wearing gloves while washing clothes and washing utensils. And always remember to keep your hands moisturised. The soaps and hand-washes too should be mild and not very strong.