4 Time-Proven Methods To Exfoliate Your Hands Naturally During The Winter

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We often take for granted how much we use our hands and neglect their proper care. During winter when the temperatures drop, and the air loses its moisture, our hands can easily dry out and crack. So it’s important to have a good exfoliation regime in place to buff away any dry and dead skin. Without one dead skin on your hands won’t be able to properly soak up any creams or lotions you apply, meaning you end up in a vicious cycle where your skin doesn’t get the moisture it needs to repair itself.

While there are a ton of exfoliation products at the store, in this article we will look at the best natural homemade remedies because not only are they cheap and easy to make, but they’re also free from chemicals and other nasties which can eventually dry your hands out even more!


1. Coconut oil

Truly an amazing substance, coconut oil deserves its place at number 1 on this list for the host of benefits that it can bring for your skin. Not only does it contain high amounts of medium-chain fatty acids which have excellent moisturizing properties but it can also soothe any UV damage and has anti-inflammatory properties, too!


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil


Mix the sugar and coconut oil together (don’t heat the oil beforehand though, as this will simply cause the sugar to dissolve!) and then gently massage into the hands for 30 seconds or so. Rinse off and gently pat dry. The result is wonderfully smooth, fragrant and moisturized hands!


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2. Oatmeal

Although you might not think it, oatmeal is another great ingredient for dry, unloved hands. This is due to the fact that it naturally cleanses and exfoliates the skin, while not being overly harsh or rough. It also gently buffs away the dead skin cells. Not only that, but oatmeal is also high in protein, meaning it protects the skin from further moisture loss helping it to stay moisturized.


  • 2 tablespoons ground oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • a little freshly squeezed lemon juice


Mix all the ingredients together and add a little water to make a paste. Gently rub the mixture onto your hands and then leave on for 10 minutes or so to soak in. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

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