To Soften Hands:
1) Wash them with honey instead of soap. Rub honey onto the hands when the skin is dry; moisten a little, rub harder, and use a little more water. Finally, wash the hands thoroughly with the honey water. They will be clean, and this will not cause cracks or roughness.
2) After washing the hands with soap, rub them well with oatmeal while still wet.
See more at Dry Hands in our Natural Cures section.