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Dry & Chapped Hands, Elbows & Heels: {Remedies}

Here’s an assortment of recipes and tips to try for treating dry and chapped skin (including remedies for getting rid of dark patches), and other trouble spots you may have.

CareHomemade Balm:

1 cup Cocoa Butter
1 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Jojoba Oil
1/4 cup Beeswax

Alternative Tips:

If commercial creams and balms are too harsh for sensitive skin (due to perfumes, additives, etc.), a couple quick & easy home remedies:

Dark patches on elbows can be caused by heavy use (such as leaning on them all the time) and neglect if not moisturized regularly.

Here are a few treatments I’ve collected to help clean those up. If it’s a painful case (cracked, sore), check with a doctor since you might have a condition that can easily be cleared up with a prescription.


1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup olive oil

Crisco (or any other lard):

Lemon Salt:

Lemon Soft Scrub:

Rehydrating Soak:

Basic Maintenance: Exfoliate rough spots daily then slather on honey, petroleum jelly or a rich moisturizer to trouble spots. If using honey, leave on for 30 minutes before washing off.

Tip: Take a clean sock, cut off to have two open ends, and slide on over elbows when applying moisturizers to try to protect any from rubbing off (especially good for overnight treatments). You could also wrap them in plastic wrap.

If patches are thick and quite dark, this will take several regular treatments to clear up.

Summertime means strappy sandals and barefeet since it’s more comfortable for our feet to breathe in hot weather than to keep them bundled up in socks and shoes. For some this leads to problem dry patches that can progress to the point that it starts cracking and can get painful (especially around the heels).

Here’s a home treatment that can help soothe, moisturize and repair that damage:

If there’s no improvement after a couple weeks, the problem may not be as simple as dry skin but could be a fungus. Spray area with apple cider vinegar and let it sit for about a half hour before soaking in the bath. You could also try one of these [2].

For rough areas on feet, try this simple recipe to pamper yourself with while giving tootsies some TLC.

3 TBS used coffee grounds (fine)
1 TBS flour
1 TBS heavy cream (whipping)
1 tsp cornmeal
1 to 2 tsp olive oil (extra-virgin)
2 drops lavender EO
2 drops tea tree

Also rubbing in a layer of olive oil is helpful.