a bowl of white vinegar

Q. I used to have severe dry skin. My hands were always dry and chapped. Then a friend told me to dip my hands in a solution of 2/3 white vinegar and 1/3 water. Leave it on one or two minutes and then rinse it off.

I keep a spray bottle of that mix in my shower to spray on my feet and hands. My heels are no longer so dry and rough they tear my hose. I have given this tip to hairdressers who have dry hands because of the chemicals they use.

A. This is not the first time we have heard that vinegar could help dry skin.

There are no scientific studies to support this claim, but it is an inexpensive remedy and may be worth a try. One theory has it that vinegar restores balance to skin that may be drying out because of too much hand washing

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