Gold Member Badge


  • You're all caught up!

A Home Remedy for Cracked Cuticles & Dry Hands

author image M.H. Dyer
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
A Home Remedy for Cracked Cuticles & Dry Hands
Moisturize your hands every night to keep the skin supple. Photo Credit: NA/ Images

Dry hands and sore, cracked cuticles result when the skin loses moisture, often caused by exposure to wind, cold temperatures, sunlight, water, frequent hand-washing, garden soil or use of anti-bacterial cleansers or other harsh chemicals. As moisture is depleted, the skin loses its protective barrier and becomes cracked, itchy and inflamed. The nails and cuticles crack and split, often resulting in painful hangnails. A simple, old-fashioned home remedy involves restoring and maintaining the skin's lost moisture.

Video of the Day

Step 1

Soak your hands in lukewarm water every night at bedtime. Dry your hands gently with a soft towel.

Step 2

Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly. Avoid lotions and oils, which are too thin to be effective. Coat your fingernails with the petroleum jelly. Massage the jelly generously on your cuticles and under your fingernails. If your fingernails are long, trim them regularly to prevent dirt from accumulating under your them.

Step 3

Put a pair of cotton gloves over your moisturized hands and leave them on overnight. Gloves increase the penetration of the petroleum jelly, resulting in an intense moisturizing treatment.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.


Demand Media