Hands give away your age! Plus you can get dry hands in winter due to washing them so often and then there are always those cooking odors – onion and such that can stick to your hands even after washing. So, don’t you want to keep your hands super soft, smooth and smelling good? Using expensive branded hand creams is not the answer. They may contain chemicals and moreover they mostly ignore an important step in getting soft hands; that is exfoliation. Instead of using such expensive hand creams, try diy hand scrub recipes that are easy to make at home and inexpensive as well. These homemade natural hand scrubs will remove dead skin cells from your hands and leave your hands with bright, soft, touchable and a great smelling skin. You can use these scrubs on your feet as well.
How To Make Homemade Hand Scrub
Walk into your kitchen and look around; you will find most of the ingredients needed to make diy hand scrubs that are not only good for your hands’ skin, but are inexpensive as well. Use any of these scrubs at least once a day, preferably just before you sleep, and if you feel your hands are getting dry moisturize your hands post the wash.
1. Homemade Hand Scrub For Dry Skin: How to get soft hands, especially in dry winters? The solution is you need a hand-scrub, which while moisturizing your hands exfoliate them also. Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, provides moisture and makes your skin soft, so that it’s ready for exfoliation. Honey heals and softens your skin. Salt and sugar, both are ideal exfoliators. Lemon juice lightens, softens and works to remove odors from your hands (like that of onion!)
You will require: 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of raw honey, 1/4 cup of coarse sea salt, 1/4 cup of organic sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
Method: Mix together the honey and the organic coconut oil in a medium mixing glass bowl. In another small glass bowl, blend together the salt, sugar and lemon juice until it becomes crumbly. Pour the salt mixture over the honey mixture and mix them well until smooth. Store the scrub mixture in an air-tight glass jar or container.
(i) Gently massage small amount of the mixture as needed into your hands for 30-60 seconds (make sure to exfoliate between your fingers as well).
(ii) Rinse with warm water until you can no longer feel the grains of sugar, and pat dry your hands with a clean soft towel. The coconut oil will provide sufficient moisture, and probably you won’t need anything else. But if your hands are extra dry, you may like to use a homemade natural moisturizer.
(iii) You can apply this remedy every day.
2. Homemade Sugar Hand Scrub Recipe: The expensive sugar scrubs that you see in spas and beauty stores will cost you pennies if you make them at home. Sugar scrubs are a simple beauty recipe with a number of variations, and they are great for moisturizing and exfoliating to your skin naturally. They are so versatile that you can use them on your body, face, and especially on your feet and hands.
You will require: 1/2 cup of white or brown sugar, 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil or organic coconut oil, and couple of drops of your favorite essential oil (optional).
(i) Mix all the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl until fully blended, and store in an airtight container (you can mix the ingredients directly in the airtight container).
(ii) Gently massage small amount of the mixture as needed into your hands for 30-60 seconds (make sure to exfoliate between your fingers as well).
(iii) Rinse with warm water until you can no longer feel the grains of sugar, and pat dry your hands with a clean soft towel. The olive oil (or coconut oil) will provide sufficient moisture, and probably you won’t need anything else. But if your hands are extra dry, you may like to use a homemade natural moisturizer.
(iv) You can apply this remedy every day.
3. Homemade Sea Salt Hand Scrub: Use coarse sea salt, organic coconut oil and any good essential oil (optional) for this homemade hand scrub.
Sea salt exfoliates by shedding off dead skin cells, letting new healthier skin cells to take their place. Sea salt is nothing, but simply just evaporated seawater, leaving sea salt without any additives.
Coconut oil acts as a natural deep moisturizer, as it contains medium-chain fatty acids that make it a hydrating and anti-inflammatory agent. On top of all these, it swiftly absorbs into skin, thus it won’t cause your hands to look oily. You can use olive oil in its place, which is also a great natural moisturizer!
For essential oil, you can use grapefruit essential oil. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which are very beneficial during the winter months. Lemon or orange essential oils would also do the trick. And if you’re looking for something more calming, try lavender, bergamot, or chamomile essential oils.
You will require: 1 cup of coarse sea salt, 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil in liquid form, a few drops of essential oil of your choice.
Method: Pour 1 cup of coarse sea salt into a mixing glass bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil) over the salt. Add in your favorite essential oil and stir well all the ingredients together until they are mixed thoroughly. Rub the scrub over your hands for 30-60 seconds (don’t forget to exfoliate between your fingers as well). Rinse off and pat dry your hands with a soft towel. The olive oil (or coconut oil) will provide sufficient moisture, and probably you won’t need anything else. But if your hands are extra dry, you may like to use a homemade natural moisturizer.
You can use this scrub about once or twice a week.
Natural Beauty Tip: If you have sensitive skin, you can use brown sugar in place of coarse sea salt. Brown sugar is a soft and gentle exfoliant that makes it a milder alternative to the coarse sea salt.
4. Homemade Lemon Hand Scrub: You will love this lemony sugar hand scrub for the freshness of lemon.
You will require: 3/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and few drops of lemon essential oil.
Method: Pour the sugar into a glass mixing bowl. Slowly add small amounts of extra virgin olive oil to the sugar until sugar holds the shape and is no longer crumbly (just enough to make it moist but not runny). Add enough lemon juice to the mixture so that you smell lemon more than the olive oil. Add in a few drops of lemon essential oil to make it smell yummier. Rub the scrub over your hands for 30-60 seconds (don’t forget to exfoliate between your fingers as well). Rinse off and pat dry your hands with a soft towel. The olive oil will provide sufficient moisture, and probably you won’t need anything else. But if your hands are extra dry, you may like to use a homemade natural moisturizer.
5. Salt Hand Scrub: This hand salt scrub just requires three ingredients.
You will need: Half a cup of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed juice of 3 lemons.
Method: Mix together well 1/2 cup of sea salt with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add in freshly squeezed juice of 3 lemons, and stir the mixture thoroughly until fully blended. That’s it! Your sea salt hand scrub is ready.
Natural Beauty Tips:
(i) While using coconut oil, if it’s in solid state just pop it in a microwave for a few seconds to get it to melt in liquid form.
(ii) Try adding 1 or 2 drops of your favorite essential oil to your hand scrub, so that your hands smell lovely!
(iii) I suggest making these scrubs in small quantities, since all the ingredients are edible (and therefore spoilable). Store the scrub left unused in an airtight container and should be used within a month.
(iv) You may need to make adjustments with the quantities of the ingredients to have the right texture. The best texture would be creamy and not too dry but yet not runny.
(v) While using any scrub, take the desired quantity and massage lightly on your hands, including in-between the fingers as well for a minute, rinse it off with water and pat dry your hands with a clean soft towel. If you feel your hands are getting dry, follow up with a good quality moisturizer.
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