5 Homemade Hand Scrubs To Keep Your Hands Moisturized And Soft

Get those soft and wrinkle-free hands with homemade nourishing scrub formulas.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Sameeksha ChandDr. Sameeksha Chand, MBBS, MD DVL
By Arshiya SyedaArshiya Syeda  • 

Skin care is not just about pampering your face with lotions and creams. Unfortunately, many people tend to neglect their hands, which are among the first to show signs of aging like wrinkles. That is why we are here to tell you about homemade scrubs for soft hands. After all, your hands do most of your work and deserve equal attention as your face when it comes to skin care. So, it is important to do every bit you can do to keep your hands nourished, wrinkle-free, and soft.

In this article, we have curated a list of homemade scrubs that can keep your hands moisturized and soft. These incredible beauty hacks help exfoliate the skin besides stimulating collagen production and slowing down the appearance of premature aging signs. Keep scrolling to check them out!

Homemade Scrubs For Soft And Moisturized Hands

1. Sugar Scrub

Sugar and olive oil for making hand scrub

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The grainy texture of sugar helps exfoliate your skin. Olive oil contains essential fatty acids and vitamin E that help moisturize and soothe the skin and delay the signs of aging (1).

You Will Need

  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a jar.
  2. Scoop out a small amount of the scrub and gently massage it into your hands for 1 minute.
  3. Rinse with warm water.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this 2-3 times a week

Quick Tip
You can also substitute lavender essential oil with peppermint essential oil as it is not only good for the hands but also helps reduce mental stress.

2. Epsom Salt Hand Scrub

Epsom salt for homemade hand scrub

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Epsom salt can not only relieve pain and inflammation but also exfoliate the skin on your hands and make it softer (2).

You Will Need

  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • 1 cup olive or grapeseed oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Add Epsom salt and the carrier oil in a bowl and mix well until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Rub it on your hands and massage gently for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this 3 times a week.

3. Almond and Honey Scrub

Almond and honey for homemade hand scrub

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Powdered almond acts as an excellent exfoliator. Honey is a natural emollient that relieves dryness and improves skin texture (3). This can help in making your hands soft and smooth.

You Will Need

  • A handful of almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey
  • Milk as required

What You Have To Do

  1. Grind a handful of almonds to a fine powder.
  2. Add half a teaspoon of honey and enough milk to make a smooth paste.
  3. Massage this mixture onto your hands for 2 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this 3 times a week

Note: This scrub should be used immediately and not stored as the milk can turn stale within a few hours.

4. Sugar And Coconut Oil Scrub

Brown sugar and coconut oil homemade hand scrub

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Coconut oil is traditionally used by many people to relieve various skin disorders. It contains a high amount of fatty acids that can help soothe and moisturize the skin (4).

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/4 cup of sugar ( brown or white)
  • 1/4 cup of sea salt
  • Lime juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix one tablespoon each of coconut oil and honey (preferably organic).
  2. Add the sea salt and fine sugar to this and mix well.
  3. Add the juice of a lime and blend for 30 seconds.
  4. Massage the mix gently onto your hands for 1 minute. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Store in an airtight container and use it within a week.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this 3 times a week.

Quick Tip
You can also make a scrub using lemon juice, sugar, and yogurt. Lemon acts as a bleaching agent and yogurt contains lactic acid that removes tan – both make your hands smoother and brighter.

5. Brown Sugar And Vitamin E Oil Scrub

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Vitamin E is an antioxidant that may help repair damaged skin cells. It can help protect your skin from UV rays and prevent photoaging (5).

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of granulated brown sugar.
  • 5-6 drops of vitamin E oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Blend all the ingredients in a bowl until you get a fine paste.
  2. Apply it to your hands and massage gently for 2 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this 3 times a week.

Store these scrubs in airtight containers and use them as required. Here are some tips you can follow for soft hands.

Quick Tip
Apply these scrubs by massaging them in small circular motions on your hands for 1-2 minutes. You can then rinse your hands with lukewarm water.

Tips To Keep Your Skin Soft

  1. Avoid harsh chemical-filled products.
  2. Always moisturize your hands.
  3. Use sunscreen to avoid UV damage.
  4. Use hand creams as part of your daily skin care routine.
  5. Choose soft and non-abrasive fabrics.
  6. Limit your bath time.

Infographic: 5 Effective Hand Scrubs – How They Work

We use our hands daily, which leaves them vulnerable to regular wear-and-tear. The skin on your hands may become rough or start aging prematurely. Thankfully, you can do something about it with these simple hand scrubs. Check out the below infographic to get a glimpse into how these 5 effective hand scrubs work.

5 effective hand scrubs – how they work (infographic)

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The early signs of aging are often noticed on our hands first. However, we tend to ignore them and provide no extra attention. But it is important to take care of them as much as you pamper your face. To keep your hands wrinkle-free and soft, you can try out the homemade scrubs discussed here. These treatments help achieve soft and supple skin. The simple homemade scrubs for soft hands include sugar scrub, Epsom salt scrub, almond and honey scrub, sugar and coconut oil scrub, and many more. Using these scrubs at least thrice a week will help you keep your hands soft and healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is salt scrub better than sugar scrub?

When deciding between salt and sugar scrubs, it all comes down to your specific skin needs. Sugar is the way to go if you are looking for a gentler way to exfoliate your skin. Salt is always a good choice if you want to detoxify your skin.

What is lemon sugar scrub used for?

You can use a lemon and sugar scrub to keep your skin silky smooth. Lemon tightens the pores and evens out skin texture, while sugar acts as a manual exfoliant and cleanses the pores by removing dead skin cells.

Key Takeaways

  • Honey is a natural moisturizer that hydrates the skin, making it supple, smooth, and healthy.
  • Ingredients like olive, coconut, and almond oil may hydrate and safeguard the skin.
  • Using a scrub on your hands should be done in slow circular motions, followed by rinsing.
  • For optimal results and to preserve soft, smooth skin, use hand scrubs frequently.


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