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How to Make a 3-Ingredient DIY Hand Soak for Dry Skin

3 ingredients to soft, smooth skin.

The cooler months call for an easy DIY recipe for a soothing homemade hand soak you can make right at home. The season’s cold, harsh weather can be extra hard on your skin, leaving you with cracked hands and dry cuticles. We found this easy remedy that warms as it heals, and we couldn’t help but share it! Remove dead skin quickly and easily with a simple, all-natural hand soak. The best part is, you can make it with just three ingredients that you’ve probably already got in your kitchen cabinet!

Not only does a homemade hand soak make your skin feel silky smooth, but it’s also super relaxing and will feel amazing after a day of, say, typing on your computer for hours on end. And with all that our hands do each day, why not treat them to a little extra TLC? Check out the simple instructions below for making our DIY hand soak for dry skin.

How to Make a DIY Hand Soak for Dry Skin


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar (when diluted, it shouldn’t sting any painful cracks)
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil 


  1. Soak hands for 10 minutes, then remove and pat dry. 
  2. Immediately follow with a rich hand cream containing urea, a humectant that locks in moisture and has antibacterial properties to ward off infection. We recommend Eucerin’s Intensive Repair Hand Creme (Buy on Amazon, $4.39).

How the DIY Hand Soak Works

Apple cider vinegar benefits the skin in more ways than one. It helps restore the slightly acidic pH balance to the skin so it retains moisture more effectively. ACV will also soften and exfoliates dead, cracked layers of dry skin so moisture can reach the healthy skin cells. In addition, olive oil hydrates the skin and soothes chapping, while its polyphenol antioxidants promote healthy cell turnover. The result: Hands that stay soft and moisturized all season!

Simple, right? Next time the rough, dry hands of the season strike, this soothing hand soak will be your best defense. 

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