Do you always have a tube of hand lotion close by? If not, you might want to start carrying one around. As hand lotion or hand cream is not just for use on the hands. In fact, hand lotion is one of those beauty products that goes with you everywhere, but seems to have a pretty specific purpose: to moisturize your dry and itchy hands.
Well, I’m here to tell you that hand lotion can do so much more than just keep your hands hydrated (though this is still its most important use). Here are some surprising uses for hand lotion you might not know.
What Is Hand Lotion?
First, let’s start with the basics: what is hand lotion? Hand lotion is a cream or liquid that’s applied to the hands to moisturize and soften the skin. It usually contains ingredients like glycerin, which helps attract water to the skin; mineral oil, which prevents moisture loss; and fragrances, which mask the scent of other ingredients.
Hand lotion is typically used to treat dry skin, but it can also be used to prevent chapped hands, relieve itchiness, and protect the hands from harsh weather conditions. Now that we know what hand lotion is, let’s take a look at some of the surprising ways you can use it.
Use Hand Lotion On Your Lips
You may be surprised to learn that you can actually put hand lotion on your lips! Many hand lotions contain ingredients that can help to soothe and protect dry, chapped lips – such as glycerin.
In fact, some hand lotions are even specifically designed for use on the lips. However, it’s important to choose a lotion that is fragrance-free and contains no artificial colors or flavors.
Lips can be quite sensitive, and as it’s your lips, you need to make sure the product you apply is safe, and won’t cause you issues if it’s ingested while on the lips.
Additionally, be sure to avoid any lotions that contain menthol, as this can cause a burning sensation on the lips. Which is why it’s not a good idea to apply something like Vicks on the lips either.
Use Hand Lotion As Shaving Cream
Shaving can be a painful process. It’s uncomfortable, it can lead to razor burn, ingrown hairs and skin irritation. Luckily, there is an easy solution that used to be common knowledge but seems to have been lost in the modern age: Use hand lotion as shaving cream.
If you’ve run out of your usual shaving cream, or you fancy trying this hand lotion hack, reach for your tube of hand cream next time you want to shave your legs or underarm area.
Hand lotion has many similarities with shaving cream. It’s thick enough for your razor to glide over your skin easily, without cutting up into your skin. Also, the hydrating formula (which is designed for the hands) actually helps to soften the hair you’re wanting to shave.
Meaning, the hairs won’t clog the blades or cause you any irritation. Plus, the hand lotion shaving cream will help with moisturizing and hydrating your skin, so there are no dry or irritated patches left behind from all that friction.
Use Hand Lotion To Unstick A Zipper
Anybody who has ever had a stuck zipper knows the frustration that comes with it. Whether it’s a coat, a pair of pants, or a laptop bag, a stuck zipper can bring your day to a screeching halt.
Many people think the only way to fix a stuck zipper is to replace it, but that’s not always necessary. In fact, there are a few household items that can help loosen a stuck zipper. One of them is hand lotion, believe it or not?!
The lotion acts as a lubricant and can help the teeth of the zipper move smoothly past each other. Simply apply a small amount of lotion to the teeth of the zipper and then try moving it up and down. With any luck, the lotion will help to loosen the stuck zipper, and your zip will be back to working normally again.
Use Hand Lotion As Foot Cream or Overnight Foot Mask
Your feet work hard for you every day. They carry you around, help you balance, and give you the mobility to do everything you need to do. So, it’s important to show them a little love and care.
That’s why using hand lotion as foot cream or an overnight foot mask can be such a helpful way to pamper your feet. Hand lotion is typically very thick and creamy, which makes it perfect for moisturizing dry, cracked feet.
And because it’s so concentrated, a little goes a long way in terms of providing long-lasting hydration. Just massage a small amount into your feet before bedtime and slip on some socks.
In the morning, your feet will feel soft, supple, and deeply moisturized. Plus, using hand lotion as a foot cream or overnight foot mask is a great way to save money since you can get two products in one!
Use Hand Lotion To Treat Sunburn
When you spend too much time in the sun, you can end up with a painful sunburn. In addition to causing discomfort, sunburn can also lead to long-term damage, such as premature aging and an increased risk of skin cancer.
Luckily, there are a few simple treatments that can help to soothe the pain and speed up the healing process. One of the most effective sunburn treatments is to apply a thick layer of hand lotion.
The lotion will help to hydrate the skin and lock in moisture, which can alleviates inflammation and itchiness. In addition, it will create a barrier that will protect the skin from further damage.
For best results, choose a lotion that contains aloe vera or other soothing ingredients. Apply the lotion several times a day until the sunburn has healed. So, hand lotion doubles up as a good after sun lotion, if you don’t have any in the house.
Use Hand Lotion Mixed With Water In Spray Bottle As A Spray Body Lotion
Hand lotion is great for moisturizing your hands, but what about the rest of your body? You can use hand lotion mixed with water in a spray bottle to make your own spray body lotion.
This is especially helpful if you want to save space or don’t have the ability to carry around a large tub of body lotion with you.
It’s also good because it allows you more control over how much product you use on each area, which is especially important when traveling or trying out different products as part of a beauty routine. To make this personal DIY spray body moisturizer:
- Add 1/3 cup (80 ml) water and one tablespoon (15 ml) hand cream into a small bowl and stir together until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour mixture into an empty travel-sized spray bottle, and spray over the skin, gently massaging the spray lotion into the skin.
- If you use the DIY body lotion spray after a shower or bath, on damp skin, it’ll give you even more intensive hydration benefits too.
There are many different uses for hand lotion, and these are just a few of them! So the next time you reach for your lotion, think outside the box and see what other ways you can put it to good use. Your skin will thank you for it!
Hi, my name is Gemma, and I’m the owner of MakeupMuddle.com. I’m a true beauty obsessive, and love writing about anything to do with beauty. In addition to Makeup Muddle, I also own GemmaEtc.com, and love sharing my thoughts and feelings about the greatest (and not so great) beauty products!