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The dry air of wintertime is often the trigger for dry, itchy, red skin suddenly appearing on your hands. Even if it's not winter, harsh soaps, allergies and stress can bring on reddened skin, also known as dermatitis. You'll want a heavy-duty moisturizing remedy that soothes itching as well as reduces inflammation. Natural treatments are cost-effective and ensure that no nasty dyes, fragrances or other unnecessary chemicals sneak in to aggravate your skin.
Vegetable oils are deeply moisturizing and also provide a hefty dose of skin-friendly vitamin E. Olive oil is widely available and relatively inexpensive. You can also use almond oil, which has the added bonus of a lovely scent. Or try grapeseed, avocado or sunflower oil. Apply vegetable oil directly to your hands just after showering or bathing to lock in moisture.
Coconut oil is different from other vegetable oils because it stays solid at room temperature. This makes it a bit easier to apply than liquids. Use it as you would any other hand cream. Enjoy the nice scent, too.
Beeswax creates a barrier on your skin, protecting your hands from harsh elements and locking in moisture. You can use it as-is or combine it with honey -- of course. You can also toss in a vegetable oil such as almond or olive and, if you like, an essential oil such as lavender.
Apple cider vinegar has a reputation as a cure-all, recommended for everything from an upset stomach to acne and, yes, dry, red skin on your hands. In this case, it helps reduce inflammation, rather than acting as a moisturizer. Dab the vinegar onto your hands with a cotton ball just before bed. Then slip on a pair of white cotton gloves and hit the hay.