It is not only our faces that get dry and need skin care for revitalizing, but our hands are also visible at most times and they can get dry too. Hands do a lot of work, washing dishes, cleaning house, running machinery and all of this stuff wreaks havoc on that delicate skin, causing not only dryness, but also abrasions, rashes and wrinkles. Care for your hands by treating them to their very own spa day. This treatment will begin with a good soak, from one of the following recipes, and then it will finish off with a rejuvenating hand mask, also available below.
Make Your Own Products
Living in a green environment it can seem very uplifting and economical to make your own skin care products at home. With homemade items there is no worry about animal testing or chemicals that could be harmful to humans or the environment. Skin care at home is not as time consuming as some people may think and it costs a lot less than purchasing products at the stores. Fresh ingredients mean fresh skin!
Hand soaks can be blended together in a bowl that is big enough to place hands in, up to about the beginning of the wrist. Hand soaks not only work for healing and moisturizing the whole hand, but they can also be a great manicure starter, loosening up the cuticles for better manipulation. When soaking hands they only need to remain in the solution for about three to five minutes, then just pat them dry with a clean towel.
Lemon Hand Soak
For whiter nails and antiseptic treatment of any possible nail fungus or even warts, try a lemon hand soak. All this recipe calls for is one squeezed lemon and some water. Mix the lemon juice into one cup of water. For added aromatherapy benefits essential oils can be added. Try two drops of lavender for relaxation or a couple drops of peppermint for energy.
For an extremely hydrating soak that will leave your hands super soft you can try a buttermilk soak. This soak requires only about one to two cups of room temperature buttermilk. If you want to make it more intense, for older hands that may be dry and wrinkly, add a half cup of olive oil and blend well. With the oil only soak for one to two minutes, then massage in any excess oil that does not easily pat of the hands.
Masks for the Hands
Masks for the hands can be a very moisturizing treatment, bringing extreme softness to even the roughest of hands. Prepare masks by mixing together the required ingredients and applying them to the hands. Wrap hands in plastic (a grocery sack or some plastic wrap will do), then place a warm, damp towel around them. Let the mask soak in like this for five minutes, then take off the towel and plastic and rinse. Finally, pat dry with a clean dry towel.
Mashed Potato Mask
For the best moisturizing mask you can try a mashed potato mask (this is good for the whole body, too, including the face). Make two cups worth of instant mashed potatoes, using two tablespoons of olive oil in place of the butter/margarine. Let the mixture cool to room temperature and then spread it on your hands. This mask can actually stay on the skin until it is starting to dry before it needs to be rinsed off.
For an exfoliating hand mask you can mix one mashed up avocado with one or two tablespoons of corn meal. The good oils in avocado will help soften the hands while the corn meal’s gritty texture will aid in sloughing off dead skin cells. This mask should be applied in a circular motion, to remove the dead skin, then left on for the five minutes of moisturizing.
Milk and Honey Mask
If you need some extra strength hand softening, look no further than the milk and honey hand mask. This recipe calls for two tablespoons of honey combined with a half cup of plain yogurt. If you would like to add some vitamins into the mix, which can be very revitalizing for overworked hands, add in half of a ripe peach, mashed up.
Skin care is important, whether you are caring for your whole body, your face or even just your hands. Our bodies are made up of mostly skin and we have many layers of it, so it is important to treat it right. Use these great recipes to help your hands look and feel young and healthy.
Resource: The Body Book, Anne Akers Johnson, 2001