Simple Homemade Hand Scrub
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 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.
Homemade Sugar Hand Scrub:
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
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.
Homemade Sea Salt 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
few drops of essential oil of your choice.
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.
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
few drops of lemon essential oil.
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 nice. 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.