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For years I was plagued with rough, dry hands. My hands were so rough that I barely wanted to touch myself. My hubby and kids complained and joked about my rough, dry hands. “Mom we don’t need scouring pads to clean the pots. Why don’t you just rub them with your hands?”

I believed the reason my hands were so rough was because I had kids and ran a household. It’s impossible to have soft smooth hand when you’re hands are constantly in water. Between washing hand before, during and after preparing a meal to submerging my hands in water for the usual chores related to housecleaning. All that water and cleaning contributed to my condition.

Turning Things Around

Although the transition from rough to soft hands was a slow one, it is a permanent one. Many times before I thought I had the solution to my rough hand problem only to realize it was short lived. This time my hands are soft for good.

It’s been about 2 or maybe 3 years since anyone mentioned my hands were rough. I used to dread meeting new people and shaking their hands. Now hand shaking is just something I do without trepidation.

Below are listed the things that I did that turned my rough hand situation around:

  1. Got rid of my entire stock of harsh chemical cleaning supplies. I now use natural ingredients such as vinegar, Dr. Bronner’s soap and hydrogen peroxide.
  1. Tossed out all toiletries with ingredients that I could not pronounce. Many of those difficult to pronounce ingredients are not only harmful and toxic to the system but they cause your skin to dry out. I replaced those items with natural ingredients. For example, instead of store-bought deodorant I make my own using baking soda and cornstarch with a little essential oils for scent. My toxic body lotion was replaced with food-grade almond oil.
  1. Threw away all makeup that had ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. I now purchase my makeup from the health store. I now know what goes into the makeup that goes on my skin.
  1. Significantly increased my water intake. Chronic dehydration can lead to rough, dry, scaly skin.
  1. Stopped buying and consuming processed foods. 99% of the food I buy does not have a nutrition label. Have you ever read the nutrition label on a head of broccoli or a serving of grass fed beef? These very foods nourish the body. A well-nourished body is able to heal and remedy unwanted symptoms such as rough, dry hands.
  1. Dumped pasteurized milk in favor of raw milk from which I make kefir.

As you can see from the list above, I basically incorporated a more natural way of living. There are other changes, but these are the main ones.

If you want lasting results for soft hands, you’ve got to change the environment in which they live. Eat better, drink better and clean up your environment. You’ll be amazed at how well your body will respond.

About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog, Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

in As We Age, Skin