Our hands which we use the most on a daily basis become rough easily. So, how do we maintain soft hands? When you use your hands mostly to do all cleaning, gardening, washing, and many more, you keep washing your hands very frequently to keep them clean. This makes the skin on our hands look very old! Sometimes you might even feel embarrassed to shake hands with people.

When you don’t have time for a manicure in a salon, you can always follow our home remedies to make your hands look smooth and beautiful.

Natural remedies for soft hands

Sugar + Olive oil scrub

This is one of the best ways to pamper your tired hands and skin.

Ingredients required


  • Mix sugar and olive oil together in your palm.
  • Start scrubbing the mix in your hands and slowly in a circular motion – rubbing both the hands for one minute.
  • Leave the olive in your hands for 1 minute after the massage.
  • Wash with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

Now you can notice that the skin has become very soft and moisturized. Olive oil moisturizes and sugar acts as a scrub to remove dry/dead skin cells. This can be done daily.


Oats paste

Oats can be of great help you keep your hands beautiful.

Ingredients required

  • 2 spoons of oats
  • 1 spoon honey
  • Few drops of lemon
  • 2 spoon water


  • Prepare a mixture with all the above-mentioned ingredients
  • Use this mix to rub and massage your hands for 2 minutes
  • Leave the mix on your hands for 10 to 15 minutes after the massage
  • Rinse it off with warm water

This mix moisturizes and at the same time exfoliates the skin very effectively. Lemon can help your skin to look bright. You can follow this method once a week.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is not only good for your hair, but it is also very good for your skin, especially dry skin.


  • Take a spoon of coconut oil and massage it on your hands in a circular motion before going to bed
  • Leave the oil on your hands overnight
  • You will get better results of you cover your hands with a sock or glove

The fatty acids in the coconut oil help to moisture the skin. It can also protect your skin from UV rays when used regularly. If possible you can use extra virgin coconut oil. You can do this process on a daily basis to get soft hands.

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Avocado paste

Avocado is a very effective moisturizer for dry and rough skin. Click here to know about avocado for hair.

Ingredients required

  • 2 or 3 spoons of ripe avocado pulp


  • Apply the pulp of the avocado fruit on your hands
  • Massage it with little pressure in a circular motion on both the hands
  • Leave the cream for 10 minutes on your hands after the massage
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water

This method can be done once or twice a week to get soft hands.

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Jojoba + almond oil

Important properties of jojoba and almond oil can moisture dry/rough skin and give smoothness. They are also very helpful in providing the required nutrition.

Ingredients required


  • Mix both the oil and place in your palm
  • Apply the oil on your hands and massage in a circular motion
  • Leave the oil to stay on your hands for 10 minutes
  • You can rinse it off with lukewarm water

It will very effective if you do the process before going to bed and leave the oil overnight. If possible, you can cover your hands with a sock or glove.

Click here to know about Almond oil for shiny and healthy hair.

Milk cream

The high-fat content in milk cream can moisturize your skin and maintain the correct PH levels at the same time.


  • Apply 1 spoon of milk cream on your hand and massage it with little pressure
  • Leave the cream on your skin for 10 minutes
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water

You can do this process on a daily basis. It is one of the simple natural remedy to get soft hands.

Aloe Vera gel + honey

Aloe Vera is an effective natural moisturizer and also maintains the skin tone. It also seems to form a protective layer on your skin that helps to retain the moisture.

Ingredients required

  • 1 spoon honey
  • 1 fresh aloe vera leaf
  • Few cucumber slices


  • Cut open the fresh leaf
  • Remove the gel-like substance and mix honey and cucumber juice with it (You can also add a teaspoon of lemon if you would like to remove blemishes)
  • Apply the mix on your hands and gently massage the mix in a circular motion
  • Leave the mix to stay on your hands for 10 minutes after the massage
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water

This process can be done daily.


Apart from following all the remedies mentioned, you have to be very careful about the cleaning agents you use daily, like the detergent for clothes, soap/liquid soap for vessels, hand wash after gardening. Make sure you use organic products so that they are not harsh on your skin. If you don’t find organic products to be effective, you can wear gloves while using your regular products.

You can also apply hand cream every day before going to bed to moisturize your skin. Don’t your soap frequently to clean your hands.

Hands are the busiest part of your body, keep them clean and at the same care for your hands so that they look beautiful too.


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Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.