I often get asked how much hand lotion to use. I always give the same answer, it varies. It depends on many factors of our skin and where on your skin you are applying the hand lotion. Certain skin conditions such as cracked skin may need a little more lotion applied compared to just dry skin.

You can apply anywhere from a small nickel size amount of hand lotion all the way up to the size of a quarter.

Where Are You Applying The Hand & Body Lotion:

First, you want to find out where you are applying the hand lotion too. You can apply hand lotion to many parts of your body. This includes your hands, arms, neck, and feet. Since all these body parts are different sizes, you will need to use a different amount for each one.

Hands:

Hands are the most commonplace that people use hand lotion on. You will not need to overdo the hand lotion since we can always apply more if we need it.

Arms:

Our skin on our arms and elbows is a little thicker but not as thick as the skin on our feet. A moderate amount of hand lotion will be needed.

Neck:

The neck has more delicate skin and therefore not as much would be needed. Pay special attention to the back of your neck when applying hand lotion.

Areas such as the neck and hands will take less lotion since the skin is less thick and the hand lotion won’t need to penetrate as deep in the skin.

Feet:

The feet have a very thick layer of skin. This is because we use our feet a lot every day and the skin has to hold up. When using hand lotion on your feet, you may need to use just a little more hand lotion

The bottom line is that you will need to apply more hand lotion in areas of your body that have thicker skin such as your feet and arms. Since the skin is a lot thick it will take more lotion to penetrate the skin and take a little longer to rub the hand lotion in.

Legs:

Our legs are another area of skin where you can apply hand lotion. How much will depend on each persons legs. Some people are tall than others and other people have skinnier legs. You have to feel what is right for you since this isn’t a once size fits all.

What Type Of Skin Do You Have?

Here is a list of a few skin conditions:

Rough and Bumpy
Flaky Skin
Dry Skin
Calluses
Cracked Skin

Most people should start to use hand lotion when they get rough and bumpy skin. If left untreated, rough and bumpy skin and turn into flaky skin or just dry skin. You can tell when you have flaky skin if you take your hand and rub your skin, if you see little flakes you probably have flaky skin.

Once the skin becomes so dry it will turn into cracked skin. Cracked skin can hurt badly and even bleed if not taken care of.

Calluses are areas of skin that have a lot of friction and irritate the skin. Most of the time calluses appear on your feet. This can be due to not wearing socks, too small of shoes, or even from just wearing heels.

Please note that everyone has different skin and this may not be your particular case.

What Is Your Container?

The amount of hand lotion that you will need to use is different depending on the type of container that your lotion is in. It is not as simple as saying one or two pumps will work. Different pumps will pump out different amounts of hand lotion.

The three main different types of containers that hand lotion comes in are:

Bottle With Lid:

This is my favorite since you can control the right amount of lotion. You don’t have to worry about getting too much or trying to put any back. When the bottle is empty you can easily get every last drop out of the bottle. The downside with the lid is that the container may spill very easily and cause a stain.

Pump Bottle:

A pump bottle is a simple bottle with a pump attached. These are the most common bottles that hand lotion comes in. This is my least favorite to use since you literally have no control over how much you get. Some pumps work perfectly while others pump too much or not enough. Sometimes you will only need half a pump with some pumps.

Squeeze Tube:

A squeeze tube container is also a good choice if you don’t prefer the container with a lid. You can easily squeeze the right amount of product out that you want to use. After you are done, the lid snaps back on easily.

However, when you are getting low on hand lotion, you can easily squeeze out too much. When this happens you cant put the hand lotion back in the container and you are forced to use it all.

Average Amount Of Hand & Body Lotion To Use:

With all that said, let’s get into the average amounts to use. I like to use coins as guides on how much hand lotion to use. You can also use fruits if you want to. The size of a blueberry is roughly the same size as a quarter.

Hands:

Dry Skin:

how much to use: 1 quarter

Rough & Bumpy Skin:

how much to use: 1 quarter

Cracked Skin:

how much to use: 1 quarter + 1 nickel

Each Arm:

Dry Skin:
how much to use 1 quarter

Rough & Bumpy Skin
how much to use: 1 quarter

Flaky Skin:
how much to use: 1 quarter

Neck:

Dry Skin:
how much to use: 1 nickel

Flaky Skin:
how much to use: 1 nickel

Rough & Bumpy Skin:
how much to use: 1 nickel

Each Leg:

Dry Skin:
how much to use: 1 quarter

Flaky Skin
how much to use: 1 quarter

Rough & Bumpy Skin:
how much to use: 1 quarter

Each Foot:

Dry Skin:
how much to use: 1 quarter

Flaky Skin:
how much to use: 1 quarter

Rough & Bumpy Skin:
how much to use: 1 quarter

Callus:
how much to use: 1 nickel

Most of the time the right amount of hand lotion to use will be about the size of a quarter. On smaller areas of your body, you will not need as much. Sometimes only about the size of a nickel. You may want to use more hand lotion if you are experiencing cracked skin since that is more severe compared to dry skin.

Can I Use Too Much Hand & Body Lotion?

Yes, it is possible that you can use too much hand lotion. More is not always better with hand lotion. Another tip is not to apply all the hand lotion that you think you need at once. Start off small and rub the hand lotion in. If you think you need more it’s always easy to add more. Start off small and work your way up.

Hand lotion may become very greasy when applying it or it may take a long time to absorb into the skin if you are using too much.

Use Enough Hand & Body Lotion:

Sometimes people just don’t use enough hand lotion. If you feel like the hand lotion isn’t working, you can try and use more. Use the guide above any try to measure up to that for what skin problem you may have. Using some hand lotion is still better than not enough.

If you feel that you are using enough hand lotion and you’re not getting any better, go see your doctor for a full diagnostics.

Hand lotion can be applied 1-3 times daily. You need to consult your doctor before using hand lotion if you have any medical problems.

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