• Deanne Pandey

Helpless Hands

Amidst the chaos of Corona and the necessity of observing strict hygiene standards, the condition of our hands and water abundance has taken a toll. Washing your hands every now and then is surely a great practice to keep the germs and sickness at bay, although, it adversely affects your skin and worsen the case. Naturally, moisturising and overnight care improves the situation but it does not restore the initial condition. This can lead to dryness, prickliness, and moisturising will only make it greasy. Times like these, other measures are to be taken indefinitely. The smear and smooth technique is the need of the hour. This technique will surely improve the hydration and care of your hands. Soaking and smearing involves soaking an affected body part or whole body bathing in plain water for 20 minutes to be followed immediately by smearing an ointment over the affected area, without drying the skin. Cover your skin with gloves and leave them on. Especially cotton gloves. This will have a repairing effect on your hands and will make them super smooth. Moreover, use sunscreen often, especially at the back of your hands, and select your hand creams smartly. When it comes to choosing a daytime hand cream, dermatologists suggests looking on the label for ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin B, peptides, shea butter, lanolin, and hyaluronic acid, plus glycolic acid to prevent the loss of elasticity. These will not only make your hands feel silky-smooth immediately after you apply, but they’ll lock in moisture to keep them that way for the long haul.

Making use of home remedies like milk, honey, clarified butter, glycerin and almond oil. Soak your hands in a mixture of glycerin, rose water and lemon. Soaking your hands in egg yolk will have a similar effect. Avoid using hot water. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, and dries out hands and fingers. Shift to hand washes and soaps that are soothing and soft on the skin. Dermatologists recommend using treatments which include ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, vitamin E and macadamia nut oil. Applying these to slightly damp skin helps them absorb better, so make sure to keep a jar of cream handy on your bathroom sink to use after showers or hand-washing.

This DIY hand cream will help you lock the moisture in-


  • 1/4 cup shea butter 

  • 1/8 cup sweet almond oil 

  • 1 tablespoon beeswax 

  • 10 drops myrrh essential oil 

  • 10 drops cedarwood essential oil


Melt the shea butter, beeswax, and sweet almond oil together in a double boiler. Stir the mixture as it melts. Once everything is melted, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the essential oils, and pour the liquid hand cream into a small glass container. Allow it to harden completely. Apply this homemade hand cream recipe to your dry hands as often as needed–especially after a long day working outside or playing in the dirt.

Taking all these steps will retain the moisture in your skin. Make sure you include these measures in your routine. Washing hands thoroughly will indeed help keep the infections and germs at bay with the health conditions prevalent today. Take care, stay home and stay safe!

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