DIY Hand Soak for Dry Hands


Sharing a recipe for a DIY hand soak you can use for dry hands this winter.

Hi hi! How are you doing today?? I’m getting in a quick workout and then studying for IHP the rest of the afternoon. I really want to finish Level 2 in the next couple of months. I hope you have a wonderful day ahead! THANK YOU so much for all of the beautiful and heartfelt comments in my last post. You’re all amazing and I loved reading more about your journeys.

For today’s post, I’m sharing a recipe for a DIY hand soak that will give you a little spa experience at home and soothe dry hands. My hands have been SO dry lately. I think it’s because the weather can’t make up its mind – we’re 30 degrees one minute, and then 75 the next – and my hands and skin are feeling the effects of cold weather, using the heater, and extra hand washing.

Dry, chapped hands can be painful and intimidating, and hand soaking is one of the best ways to soothe and moisturize dry hands. It’s also a great way to pamper yourself at home and there are plenty of  DIY hand soaks that you can do. Today, I’m sharing my favorite DIY hand soak that is effective for dry hands, smells beautiful, and contains ingredients you likely have in your fridge and pantry.

DIY Hand Soak For Dry Hands

If you’re feeling dry skin this winter, you don’t have to buy crazy expensive soaks. You can make these yourself if you just understand why hands get dry so you know what will fix them!

What Causes Dry Hands

Dry hands can be caused by so many different factors, including aging, weather, irritating products, taking long, hot showers (with lots of scrubbing), washing dishes (those dang dishes), and exposure to chemicals. To help mitigate the effects of these things, watch out for products that you find irritating on your hands; opt for gentler products. Frequent hand washing and washing dishes can strip our body of its natural oils, so wear gloves when you’re cleaning and exposed to chemicals, and moisturize after washing your hands. If you notice that your hands are showing signs of aging, you can also try using the same serum that you’d use on your face on your hands, and also be sure to add SPF. For a gentler hand sanitizer that kills germs while moisturizing, check out this one. 

This hand lotion is my all-time favorite for every day; it’s a bit on the pricey side but I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin’s texture.

Moisturizing Hand Soak Recipe


1 1/2 cups warm water

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 drops of lavender

Optional: 1/2 cup milk (full-fat goats milk or cow’s milk)


Whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl until combined.

DIY Hand Soak for Dry Hands

(used a stock photo because ya’ll don’t need a closeup of my dinosaur hands)

How To Soak Your Hands:

Soak your hands for 10 to 15 minutes, and follow with hand cream.

For even better results: try this hand soak and immediately follow with a moisturizing hand cream. Pop on some light cotton gloves and sleep with them on your hands. When you remove them in the morning, your hands will be moisturized and super soft!

If your hands are EXTREMELY dry and cracked: try a cream made for animals — seriously! This one was designed for cow udders and has vitamins, aloe vera, and amazing reviews.

So, tell me, friends: any amazing beauty DIYs lately? Share the love in the comments section! And definitely give this DIY hair spray a try if you haven’t already.



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