How to treat calloused hands: Rough, dry hands have been experienced by most people who hit the gym. Sure some may see it as a “sign” of hard work and dedication, but you’re delusional No one wants to hold a gross, dry calloused hand no matter if it’s attached to the fittest body. Not to mention, the handshake is often your first impression when meeting someone or trying to close a job or business deal. If you workout you’re probably concerned about your appearance. Don’t let your hands ruin it! Here are a few tips to treat calloused hands:
1. Watch how you wash.
Everyone seems to be using the instant hand sanitizers. While they may be great for killing off pesky germs, they are mostly alcohol and tend to dry the skin very quickly. When you can, opt for washing your hands with good ‘ole fashioned soap and water instead.
2. Lotion, lotion, lotion.
Keep in mind that moisturizers and lotions are designed as a barrier to keep moisture against the skin and help it avoid drying out. Putting lotion on dry skin will help protect against the day to day environmental factors that can dry your hands even more. The key is to put lotion on moist skin. Ideally, after washing your hands you should grab a dab of lotion and work it in! Your goal is to keep the moisture on the skin from evaporating. Lots of people remember to moisturize their face and body after a shower, but few realize that every time you’re washing your hands, you’re stripping away natural oils that keep hands soft.
3. Damage control.
If you feel you already have rough dry skin or are looking for a quick remedy to treat calloused hands grab a jar of petroleum jelly. Soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes to soften the skin and pat dry. Cover your hands liberally with the petroleum jelly and wrap them in a warm moist towel for 20-30 minutes. Do it before bed or while you’re watching the evening news and it won’t even seem like a chore! After removing your hands from the towel, simply wipe them clean and you should be left with softer, much more touchable hands!
4. Preventative measures.
You wouldn’t walk barefoot down a rough dirt road, yet many people don’t think twice about protecting their hands at the gym or while working out. You don’t need to wear a big pair of bulky gym gloves, but you should at least have something between your hands and the rough metal of the gym weights or cardio equipment. Look for a leather lifting grip or leather gym glove that fits in the palm of your hand to protect from the friction and callouses that can be caused by constant wear and tear.
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