How to Get Soft Hands with Three Easy Homemade Remedies

Updated on November 11, 2015
Get soft, youthful and beautiful hands that everyone wants to touch, at home with simple home remedies. Lots of tips, too!
Get soft, youthful and beautiful hands that everyone wants to touch, at home with simple home remedies. Lots of tips, too! | Source

Home Cures for Rough Hands

The skin on our hands take brunt of every chore—from taking care of the kids to washing dishes to weeding the garden. To make things worse, these tasks mean that you have to wash your hands frequently. All of this daily wear inevitably leads to your hands looking as though they belong to someone older than you really are.

The soaps and other cleaning products we use today can cause your hands to look discoloured, wrinkly, and rough. Luckily, there’s no need to worry. Use these three extremely easy home remedies to get back the soft hands you once had!

1. One-Minute-to-Soft-Palms Scrub

Q: What is the easiest DIY remedy for soft hands? A: Why, olive oil and sugar, of course!
Q: What is the easiest DIY remedy for soft hands? A: Why, olive oil and sugar, of course! | Source

Is it possible to soften your hands in less than a minute? Oh, yes it is! After a long day of work, why not give your hands instant pampering and refreshment. This wonderfully simple scrub will leave your hands feeling 10 times smoother in just a minute.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Benefits of the Ingredients:

Olive oil
Moisturizes and hydrates skin cells.
Exfoliates and sloughs off rough old, dead cells.


  1. Simply put the sugar in the palm of one hand and slowly pour the olive oil into it. Using your other palm start rubbing the scrub into your palms and hands.
  2. Massage your fingers and hands with gentle squeezing and circular motions for about 30 seconds.
  3. Then relax your palms and let the scrub sink in for another 30 seconds.
  4. Now you’re done! Simply wash out your hands with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. So smooth, you can’t stop touching your hands, can you?


  • Glove love. Detergents and dishwashing liquids contain harsh chemicals that can damage the thin skin on your hands, making them look dry, discoloured, and old. Make sure you use gloves while cleaning whenever possible!
  • Oh, my glove! When working out in the gym, especially with dumbbells and other weights, it helps to wear workout gloves to protect your palms from getting hard and callused over time.
  • Good night, sweet palms! During the night, we actually have six to eight hours of great opportunity to show some extra love to our hands. Invest in a gentle hand cream, and apply it before going to bed! Your hands will thank you in the morning.

2. Overnight Treatment: Vaseline and Socks

The ultimate deep-action overnight treatment for dull tired hands! Wake up to beautiful soft palms the next day.
The ultimate deep-action overnight treatment for dull tired hands! Wake up to beautiful soft palms the next day.

Want to give your hands some extra special love? Why not try an overnight intense softening treatment using only two items:

  1. Vaseline
  2. A pair of socks

Vaseline is known for its ability to lock in moisture and soften even the most callous palms. Many women mention Vaseline as their number one beauty secret.

After finishing all your activities for the day, wrap up by washing your hands with a gentle soap and drying them off. Then get a dollop of Vaseline and rub it into your hands. Go ahead and take an extra 30 seconds to massage your hands gently. Then simply slip the socks over your hands and go to bed. Wake up the next day to supple, soft hands.

Instead of using socks, you could using fabric gloves, but a clean pair of old socks you don’t use anymore work just fine—and don't require a trip to the store.


  • From the inside out. Ever heard of the saying, "You are what you eat"? It’s true that what you eat will show in your skin. Eat foods for glowing skin like avocados and nuts, and the vitamins and nutrients will give your skin a natural glow.
  • Drink up. Not drinking enough water can cause your skin to get dry, rough, and patchy. Our bodies are made up of 70 percent water so if you’re not hydrated, it will show up on your skin. If you drink water only after your lips crack, you’re already dehydrated.
  • Massage. When applying these natural DIY soft palm scrubs, you can also massage your hands together in a gentle relaxing manner. Gently massage your fingers, palms, and top of your hands. This will help the ingredients sink in and improve blood circulation.

3. Citrus Power! Lighten & Soften your Hands

Tired, dull and discoloured hands? This is the perfect homemade remedy for you.
Tired, dull and discoloured hands? This is the perfect homemade remedy for you.

Are your hands dark, discoloured, and aged-looking? Use citrus to lighten them while softening your palms.


  1. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  2. 2 teaspoons honey
  3. 2 teaspoons baking soda

Benefits of the Ingredients:


  1. Wash your hands with warm water and a mild soap.
  2. In a small container, mix together all the ingredients evenly.
  3. Now apply this mixture onto your hands, rubbing it through and massaging your hands for a minute. Allow the mixture to sit on your hands for five to 10 minutes.
  4. Finally wash your hands in warm water. Do not use soap directly afterwards. Repeat this process at least twice a week to remove discolouration and promote soft healthy-looking hands.

Contains citric acid, which gently lightens dark spots and discoloration on skin.
Contains numerous antioxidants, which slow down aging.
Baking soda
Exfoliates skin and sloughs off dead cells, revealing new clear skin cells.


  • Slather on the sunscreen! You’d be surprised how many people apply sunscreen on their faces but fail to adequately protect the skin on their hands. Before you head out, generously apply sunscreen to your hands. And yes, you need to reapply when you wash your hands!
  • Too hot for your own good. Beauty experts will tell you how bad hot water is for your skin. Hot water causes the pores on the skin to open wide, and exposing it to such conditions may damage your skin. Washing frequently in hot water can dry out the skin and create wrinkles.
  • Brrr! Not so cold! On the other end of the scale, extremely cold water isn’t good for your skin either. It can break the tiny capillaries under your skin, making it look discoloured, pale, or unhealthy. It also dries out skin, and failure to moisturize can cause premature aging.

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        Yasir 4 months ago

        3rd class

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        janemmah 7 months ago

        Wow it has worked olive oil + sugar

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        Umoh Nyong 8 months ago

        Vaseline works faster than any other recommended methods.

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        Shwiri laura 9 months ago

        I really need this caus i have rough n strong palms thanks for the advise

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        palwasha khan 11 months ago

        Thank you so much ............

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        Nayebare 16 months ago

        i see from most comments that olive oil and sugar do wonderfuly , is this permanent ? after how long do i keep re- doing it to keep soft hands . thanks lovelies

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        dani 18 months ago

        what type of sugar do you use for this? thanks!!

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        Lily 18 months ago

        It was just a superb idea to make our hands soft for whole day

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        Lee 18 months ago

        wow! i cant believe this,,,it actually worked #smoothhands

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        Lily 19 months ago

        hi may i ask how many times a week do you do the olive oil+sugar scrub? thanks!

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        blah 19 months ago

        i think i'm going to give it a try

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        Vasanta 19 months ago

        I will give a try. I really have rough hand, when ever you want shake hand with other it's embarrassing.

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        helen 21 months ago


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        Shumi 22 months ago


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        Caleb mandrake 24 months ago

        I really have to give it a try,my palms are embarrassing me when I meet people...

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        kelly 2 years ago


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        Claire Jones 2 years ago

        I just tried the first one, and I love it!!!! Thank you!!!! :) (and you're right that I can't stop touching my hands haha)

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        Raman Sharma 2 years ago

        i will try today

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        There are most positive cmnts


        I will try tommorrow itself

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        umar 2 years ago

        i will try right a way

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        FRIDAY 2 years ago

        Thanks so much,cos with your tips,u had saved many 4m worries.I will try all,cos d dryness of my palms bothers me alot.

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        Wontemah 2 years ago

        The olive oil and sugar have worked for others and know it's going to work for me too.


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        Younes Belkasmi 2 years ago

        thank you very much for those methods , i tried the first one

        it worked very well

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        rajusmenonbusiness@gmail menon 2 years ago

        Wow wonderful it had helped me lot

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        Daniela GB 2 years ago from Houston, TX

        These are great tips, thanks! Keeping your hands soft and moisturized can also make it harder to get cuts or lacerations when doing intensive hand work like gardening.

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        Lionking 3 years ago

        I hope this thing workz 4 me cause i hate how hard my palm gets,it made me not to lyk shaking nd holding hands with my girl...hope it works for me,so i can comment lyk otherz

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        Kwanele 3 years ago

        I wonder if this will work for me because my hands were never soft.It's embarrassing when i have to hold hands with a new boyfriend.My daughter is 11 years old and she cried one time saying that some kids at school say she has granny hands.My mom has these rough hands and i guess i passed them over to my daughter.I will try it and i hope it will reverse my "naturally rough hands".

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        Adrsddgjdtidtdjgcgictichfyf 3 years ago

        Nice I will try

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        syeda safura 3 years ago

        i should try this

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        M. Winters 3 years ago from United States

        I love this hub. Thanks for all the great ideas. This winter has been extremely tough on my hands. Making them dry and cracked. I am going to be trying these remedies.

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        Amal Tlaige 3 years ago from Albany, New York

        Vaseline is the only thing that works for me. Haven't tried them on overnight though, wonder if that'll be annoying.

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        Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

        Hello miss healthmunsta. I try your remedy mixture on my hands. I love it. My hands feel smooth and some of the swelling reduce. Thank you. Have a nice time writing. I mix sugat, lemon and honey. Then , I used olive of oil after I washed them. Then, Iwashed more with a bar soap. I used a hand cream after.

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        Kiss andTales 3 years ago

        Wonderful hub ! I believe that many of our plants have healing substances for our human needs , somethings are so simple and easy to get and apply. I love olive oil it is valuable, honey, and lemon, also ,if you get sick with the flew just make you lemon tea

        Include the rind , that is really where the healing substance is.

        I learned that germs can not thrive in citrus acids, that is why people take a lot of vitamin c, or drink plenty of orange Juice. Thank you and I will continue to read your informative wonderful hubs

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        Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

        In the winter months especially (just finished applying some) I slather on lotions to keep dry skin at bay.

        I will be giving some of these a try. I know I will adore the one with lemon as I am intoxicated by its aroma.

        Thanks for sharing

        Voted up+++ shared and g+

        Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

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        Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

        Thank you for writing a great hub on how to make our hand healthy and soft. I like your hub. You are wonderful and thoughtful. Thank you for spending the time to figure out the rigth ingridients for each formula. I try sugar and bar soup. Then I applied some hand cream.Vaseline does wonders to the skin. Lemon , it is not a bad idea.

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        Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Great tips! Easy to do that you cam make at home. I'm going to try the first two in the near future.

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        Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Easy to try as we have usually all these things in our homes. Will definitely try the olive oil and sugar.

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        Rama 3 years ago

        Ive tried the olive oil and the sugar and am happy about the result.

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        Eileen 3 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

        This looks like something I have to try so will definitely go for it

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        Heather Walton 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

        Great tips!!! Hadn't thought of olive oil and sugar but I'm definitely mixing that up today!! Great article!

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        SAQIB 3 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

        Thanks for such simple yet practical tips. Would definitely try out at least the 1st one.

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        Susan Caplan McCarthy 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Thank you for sharing these simple tips. I get frustrated with how dried out my hands become during the winter and how hand cream doesn't always help.

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        Blackspaniel1 3 years ago

        This looks so simple to do.

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        jane 3 years ago

        Please, how often do I have to do these?

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        Charles 3 years ago

        I will definitely try this out.....need to get back my once succulent palms again

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        stanley 3 years ago

        i have tried the sugar and the olive oil and it worked very well. thank you very much

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        marisol 3 years ago

        I guess i would have to try it to know if it really domestic work.

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        sarita singh 3 years ago

        O m g my hands is like butter thanks.

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        Christine Rogers 3 years ago from Ohio

        My hands are pretty chapped- I must try each of these ideas. Thanks for the great Hub :)

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        msdielise 3 years ago

        I always use olive oil whenever I want to get the right moisture and smoothness of my skin. This works best after a good hand spa and you might want to sleep on it with let's say, cotton-like hand-gloves so that the skin will absorb the olive oil's nutrients. It's the the petroleum jelly effect for the feet but instead we are going to use olive oil on our hands.

        Have a nice day fellow hubber. Thanks for the great hub!

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        Grimilda 4 years ago

        Wooww....I can't believe dix

        It really works

        I feel lyk a baby now

        Dix soo great

        I urge u to gv it a try

        U'll luv ur new soft palms

        Tnx a lot

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        healthmunsta 4 years ago

        Thanks for coming back with your feedback, Ashanti! Wish you the best.

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        Ashanti 4 years ago

        I tried this stuff and it really worked

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        hassin 4 years ago

        I ve a little pigmentation on my cheeks n upper lips how to get rid of this problem kindly suggest


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