A Fast Way to Heal Chapped Hands

By Noreen Doll.

My hands often get very chapped.

I wash them frequently, which is hard on them. And in the winter time they dry out as well.

I’ve tried all kinds of lotions and oils, which help some, but my hands can still be uncomfortable.

Recently, I rubbed a Vaporizing Chest Rub (Vicks is one brand) all over my hands just before I went to bed.

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Heal Chapped Hands

I couldn’t believe how much better my hands were in the morning… smooth, soft, and happier.

It also helps to use the vaporizing rub periodically during the day.

I have found the Vaporizing Chest Rub in the Dollar Store, which is nice for my wallet, since I use quite a bit to cover my hands.

If your hands are really bad, it may take a few applications to completely heal.

Please let me know how it works for you.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Shirley Lupton says:

    My mother used this many years ago. She worked in a glass factory and would get little cuts in her fingers and hands, she would put this on her hand at night time and put on and old pair of white gloves and her hands felt fine in the morning.

  2. That is so interesting – thanks for sharing it!

  3. that sounds a lot cheaper than what I am doing at the moment, so worth the try, my hands are always so dry

  4. Great hint. I also paint it on my toenails during the winter as they get so dry. Works wonders.

  5. Thanks for suggesting another way to use Vicks.

  6. Visiting from In & Out of the Kitchen. I wash my hands often due to my job. That plus the weather this time of year has my hands a wreck. Trying this tonight! Thank you!

  7. great tip!!!!

  8. I’m trying this tonight-thanks for the tip!

  9. NO WAY!!! You are answering prayers with this post right now. My husband hasn’t stopped complaining about his chapped hands and we’re just a few days into winter. Having him try this tonight! Thanks for sharing with Life Created Tuesdays. I hope you had a fabulous holiday season :)


  10. I came here from A Fresh Start for the Year. There are a few folks with extremely chapped hands. If it works for us like it does for you (sensitive skin, allergies) you’ll be our new best friend ”””””””””thanks

  11. how do you live with the smell it can wake me up from deep sleep hahahah

  12. This is a good idea. The only draw back to this is that it can burn your eyes if you accidentally touch them. Another alternative that I’ve used for years is Vaseline. I put cheap cotton gloves over my Vaseline covered hands at night & my hands look & feel wonderful in the morning. It also works wonders on the feet.

  13. Hi I would of never thought to use this on my hands. Wow! I saw this on katie with an e.

  14. Well, it keeps me from getting stuffy!

  15. Seriously! I have got to try this. It seems I always have my hands in water and most lotions have way to much scent for my taste so I skip lotion until my skin in so chapped it cracks. Love the smell of vicks though – trying this one tonight.

  16. I’ll have to try this on my husband’s knuckles. They are always chapped. Occasionally they even crack and bleed. Hopefully we can stop it before it gets that bad!

  17. I have used Vick’s for many things but never on my hands. Like another person, I used Vaseline on my hands with light gloves. My daughter has dry hands so I am going to tell her about this.
    Coming over from Kathe with an E.

  18. OMG, this tip has saved me so much time and money! I constantly have dry hands from washing them so many times a day. I’m headed to the drug store now! Thank you!!!

  19. Wow! I have never heard of this trick. I am glad you link it up. Thanks for stopping by Wonderful Wednesday blog hop. I pinned you post!
    Diane Roark

  20. Hi there ,
    Saw this post @ Ladybug Blessings’s blog hop.. I’m gonna have to try this..I get really dry hands too! Thanks for the tip..

    God Bless,
    Khit Mandeville

  21. Interesting. I’ve used it as a muscle rub but never on chapped hands. Visiting from Fluster Muster.

  22. My hands are super chapped today from messing with the fireplace the past couple days…. They really need some relief — and Vick’s is always calming to me.

  23. My thumb cracked open today, an annual winter tradition. I will have to try this. I know that the cortizone-10 gel also works very well.

  24. Wow! I would have never thought of this on my own! Thanks so much for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot!! Hope to see you next week!

  25. Well, I will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing. Wishing you thebest, Darlene

  26. what an amazing idea! With the extreme cold this year I’m going to try this!!! Thank you for linking up at Twirl & Take a Bow! xo

  27. Great tips! Back in prehistoric days, when I was growing up, no home was without Vicks Vaporub. It was always used for chest colds, chapped lips, etc. Visiting from The Style Sisters.

  28. I”m definitely going to try this! My hands are awful in the winter.

  29. Chris k in Wisconsin says:

    If you feel a cold coming on, rub Vicks all over the bottoms of your feet and put socks on. For some reason it truly does help!!

  30. what a great tip

    pinning as we speak!

    my hands get
    so chapped in the winter
    and i need a better remedy
    so i will certainly try this soon

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded!


  31. Petroleum jelly works great for this, too (and no chance of getting it in your eyes). I wonder if menthol rub would work on cracked heels?

  32. What a great winter tip. If I could take the smell it would be even better! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  33. Awesome tip! Thanks for sharing at the Foodies & Crafties Blog Hop! I can’t wait to see what you link up next week! I would love for you to hop over anytime.
    Have a terrific weekend!

  34. I use this everytime I have a chest cold but have never considered the softening agent. Will give it a try.

  35. I must try this, I have such dry hands and nothing really works well. Thanks for sharing.

  36. WOW! I never would have thought of this, thank you! I’m gonna try it out! Stopping by from Family Friday Link Up Party!

  37. Interesting, never heard of this before! My hands do get especially dry in the winter so I may have to try it. (Visiting from the Serenity Now party)

  38. I’m a huge Vapor rub fan when I’m sick. I’ve never heard this, will be giving it a try. :) Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot. Have a wonderful weekend!

  39. I am so having my husband try this!

  40. Meari, Yes it does help heal cracked heels. I used it to heal mine this past summer. Now I just use it periodically to keep them soft.

  41. Noreen, I saw this over at Snickerdoodle Sunday and had to come over to take a look! It looks like this is a very popular tip- I’m so glad you shared it! My sister and I were just laughing the other day about having Vick’s Vapo-Rub smeared on our chests when we were little. I can’t wait to try it on my hands! :)

  42. Don’t we all remember having Vicks smeared on our throats and chests whenever we had a cold! I think it was the eucalyptus in it that worked.

  43. I too use Vaseline and cotton gloves – tonight I’ll be giving Vick a try! thanks 😀

  44. It works great for chapped lips as well.:)
    here from Flour Me….

  45. My son always has terribly chapped hands all winter long. Have to give this tip a try. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  46. Not only does it help with a cold when you put it on the bottom of your feet, but you will be virtually cough-free during the night! I use either vapor rub or vaseline on my feet and hands during the winter nights and it really helps. (I also cover with socks or gloves.)

  47. Great idea! I bet it works great on feet too. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made!

  48. I never thought of using that for my hands. Mine are terrible.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly

  49. I am so glad I saw that on another site, I have very dry hands and my fingers are cracking and hurt every time I have to do something. I am going to get some vicks vapor rub tonight because I need to start tonight, thank you for posting this.

  50. Wearing cotton gloves over the Vicks helps even more.. and since you will be sleeping, you won’t need to use your hands.

  51. Good ol’ Vick’s VapoRub. A&D ointment or just plain petroleum jelly would also work and not be as smelly. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

  52. I should seriously have stock in Vicks Vapor rub. Thanks for giving me another reason to use it all over again.

  53. Congrats on being our most viewed link at the Lovely Ladies link party this week! You’re featured on all six of our blogs :) This is a fantastic tip. I think I remember my mom doing something like it when we were kids, but I had forgotten about it till now. Thanks for sharing :)

  54. Wow, Noreen! That was a great tip. I never would have thought of using it for that, even though I get it on my hands every time I use it! Thanks for the great tip and for linking it up at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  55. I love the smell of Vicks…It’s one of the few things about being sick that I look forward to! Now this is a great way to get out the Vicks even when I’m not congested :) Thanks for the tip!

  56. just wanted to let you know
    that your post is being featured
    on Fridays Unfolded this week!


  57. Thank you!

  58. I’ll have to give that a try. My hands are always a mess during the winter.

  59. Thank you so much for the great tips. Very dry hands.

  60. That is a great tip and we will be trying it. My husband has tried neosporin and everything to keep his hands from chapping.
    I love vics vapor rub for colds and now another reason to love it!

  61. I have not used Vick’s for dry hands but we use to put Vaseline on ours hands and feet when i was young with light gloves and socks and they would be great in the morning.
    Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday,

  62. Thank you! My hands are cracked and bleeding. I’ll give this a shot!

  63. I can’t tell you how excited I am to try this. My hands are just terrible in the winter and I’m constantly rubbing them with lotion which is only a temporary fix. I’m heading to the store first thing in the morning to buy some Vicks VapoRub. Thanks a bunch and have a lovely weekend… :)

  64. Great tip! In fact, this was so fabulous, it was the most clicked link this week at You’re Gonna Love it! I’m featuring you tomorrow at this week’s party! Congrats!

  65. I work as a Vet tech and am constantly washing my hands. They get so dried out in the winter time to the point they crack and peel and it’s painful. I’ll have to give this a shot! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  66. Childhood memories. I wouldn’t wear it out of the house and would make sure it was washed off well. However, it does work well. Glad you are spreading the word. I’ve been afraid they would stop making it, because Doctors turn up their nose using this stuff and it’s not because of the smell.

  67. I’m going to try this tonight! My poor hands are cracked and they were bleeding earlier in the week. Nothing works so I’m hoping this does! Thank you.

  68. Never would have thought of that…thanks for the great tip and for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

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