Just What the Doctor Ordered: DIY Spa Hand Treatments

DIY Spa Hand Treatments
DIY spa hand treatments for hard working hands sooth the weary hard-working soul. I’m a dermatologist and I love spa treatments. I also know the secrets that make spa beauty treatments work –and believe me, I do them myself at home for a fraction of the cost.

It’s a great treat to go to a spa, but for most of us it's a rare treat.

You can get expensive spa results at home if you know what the key steps are. - Dermatologist Dr. Bailey

You probably even have some of what you need already in your bathroom cabinet or kitchen. Add a few more things and you’re ready to make these simple DIY spa hand treatments at home as part of your regular skin care routine.

Yes, you can treat yourself to DIY spa hand treatments and wellness treatments right at home without challenging your budget.

Improve the feel, health, and appearance of your skin, hair, and nails with some of my personal favorite DIY homemade spa therapies.

Combine them all for one of those total spa packages that you always dream about doing!

"Love the bag balm for nails that split."
"It’s in a cute container and I bought a few extras to give to friends as a party favor." Judy H   6/24/14

Intensive DIY Home Spa Treatments for Your Dry, Chapped Hardworking Hands

DIY spa hand treatments from dermatologist

Are your hands begging to be pampered? Give them some spa TLC too.

After your bath or shower, apply your normal body and facial moisturizers. Then give your hands a special treatment by applying a richly hydrating hand ointment such as:

  • Bag Balm (my top choice because it is a time-honored American skin care tradition that's rich in deeply hydrating lanolin derived from wool),
  • Vaseline ointment, or
  • pure shea butter.

Cover your hands with a pair of cotton gloves (click here for the best pair of simple cotton therapy gloves that I've found).

DIY home spa hand treatment kit

Get the gloves and Bag Balm in my Dry Skin Hand Repair Kit. This great hand skin care kit also includes the best non-drying hand cleanser and the most effective non-greasy hand cream to apply over and over during the day. These are the essentials I rely on for my hard working and sensitive skin hands. 

Leave the gloves on for at least an hour (or sleep with them overnight). This intense hand therapy will help heal your dry hands quickly; they’ll feel so much better, your hand skin will be healthier, and much less prone to chapping.

See my other DIY spa treatments here:



Author: Dr. Cynthia Bailey M.D. is a Board-Certified dermatologist practicing dermatology since 1987. She has done well over 200,000 skin exams during her career and authors the longest running physician written skin health blog in the world.
“I love empowering people to take good care of their skin by educating them and putting the ‘self-care’ into their skin care so that they love the skin they’re in!” Dr. Bailey

DIY Spa Hand Treatments Photo: Thanks and gratitude to Dennis Wong