Masks for the hands can be a very moisturizing treatment, bringing extreme softness to even the roughest of hands.
Prepare masks by mixing together the required ingredients and applying them to the hands. Wrap hands in plastic (a grocery sack or some plastic wrap will do), then place a warm, damp towel around them. Let the mask soak in like this for five minutes, then take off the towel and plastic and rinse. Finally, pat dry with a clean dry towel.
Mashed Potato Mask
For the best moisturizing mask you can try a mashed potato mask (this is good for the whole body, too, including the face). Make two cups worth of instant mashed potatoes, using two tablespoons of olive oil in place of the butter/margarine. Let the mixture cool to room temperature and then spread it on your hands. This mask can actually stay on the skin until it is starting to dry before it needs to be rinsed off.
For an exfoliating hand mask you can mix one mashed up avocado with one or two tablespoons of corn meal. The good oils in avocado will help soften the hands while the corn meal’s gritty texture will aid in sloughing off dead skin cells. This mask should be applied in a circular motion, to remove the dead skin, then left on for the five minutes of moisturizing.
Milk and Honey Mask
If you need some extra strength hand softening, look no further than the milk and honey hand mask. This recipe calls for two tablespoons of honey combined with a half cup of plain yogurt. If you would like to add some vitamins into the mix, which can be very revitalizing for overworked hands, add in half of a ripe peach, mashed up.