How to Make a 3-Ingredient Soothing Soak for Dry Hands

Winter calls for an easy recipe for a soothing soak for dry hands you can make right at home. The season’s cold, harsh weather can be extra hard on your skin, especially hands, leaving them dry and painfully chapped. We found this easy remedy that warms as it heals, and we couldn’t help but share it! Soothe dry skin quickly and easily with this simple, all-natural remedy.

How Do You Make a Soothing Soak for Dry Hands?


  • 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 ($12.51 for three 2.7-oz. bottles, Amazon).

How the Soak Works

The vinegar helps restore the slightly acidic pH balance to the skin so it retains moisture more effectively, plus softens and exfoliates dead, cracked layers so moisture can reach the healthy skin cells. In addition, olive oil hydrates skin and soothes chapping, while its polyphenol antioxidants promote healthy cell turnover. The result: Hands that stay soft and hydrated all season!

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

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