In our active lives, we get a lot of things on our hands. From working in the yard, fixing things around the house, or working on your car, our hands can get pretty grimy. Using harsh soaps may get the grease and grime off but it can be a nightmare for your skin, and painful for you. Here are a few things you can do to get the hard grease and grime off without destroying your skin.
Fight Oil with Oil
No, don’t slop on some WD-40 (it’s too harsh). We’re talking body oil or lotion that contain emulsifiers which allow the water and oil to link together and, consequently, wipe off together. No creams, as the key here is the product’s water content.
Slather it on your hands, then take a tough rag and wipe it off without washing. You can repeat this process, if needed, then follow with the next step to wash off remnants.
Buff It Out
Mix a teaspoon or so of sugar with dish soap, and rub it all over your hands. Before rinsing, grab a pumice stone and buff your palms. Use a toothbrush (just not one you use to brush your teeth) to scrub your fingers and fingernails.
Repair the Damage
After all the time spent working with chemicals, and your hands are going to be a little gnarly after washing. For severe damage, make yourself a pair of heated spa mitts.
Now’s the time to lather on that thick layer of heavy moisturizing cream. Afterwards, put on a pair of old gloves, place your hands under a hot water bottle, and just relax for an episode or two of Westworld. The warmth of the hot water bottle opens up your pores, allowing the moisturizer to really sink in.
Try to wear the gloves to sleep. Yeah, you’ll look weird to your partner for a night, but they’ll appreciate it when you wake up with soft hands again. And maybe next time, try plastic gloves and oil barrier cream.
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