I don’t know if the weather is different this year or it’s my pregnancy, but my hands have been DRY. My hands have always dried out a little in the winter but this year they are so red and dry they actually burn when I wash them. I’ve tried every lotion I own but nothing has worked. I then did some research and read that the trick is to exfoliate, moisturize and heal your dry skin. That’s when I knew it was time for a Simple DIY Hand Scrub for Dry Hands.
If you also have dry hands I wanted to offer a few extra tips before we get to the scrub itself.
1.) Heal Your Cracked Skin FIRST
DO NOT try the hand scrub if your hands are still cracked. Not only will it burn, but the cracks could potentially allow bacteria and other bad stuff to get into your skin.
So what’s a girl to do? Get a very thick perfume free hand cream or natural oil, rub on your skin before bed, cover with gloves and head to bed! Yes, it is weird to sleep with gloves on. But if you need some serious relief you won’t mind as much. I love grapeseed oil because it is light and full of nutrients. If you want more information, here is a post I wrote on why grapeseed oil can do wonders for your skin. It’s also easy to find online or at health food stores and inexpensive.
However, my skin was SO dry that I needed something stronger. I picked up a tube of Aquaphor ointment (actually, I bought the CVS knock-off brand), and followed the instructions above. HOLY COW. This is the first time my hands have not felt like a dry desert in weeks. If you too are suffering from severe dryness and cracks – try this out.
Repeat this step as many times as you need to until the cracks are gone. Gone? All right. Let’s get to that scrub.
DIY Hand Scrub for Dry Hands
2. Exfoliate with a Simple DIY Hand Scrub
Remember when I said the three key tips to heal dry cracked skin were Exfoliate, Moisturize and Heal? Well, those steps also make up the three ingredients in this scrub!
Sugar: Exfoliates naturally and gently
Coconut Oil: Natural moisturizer
Lemon essential oil or juice: Natural Healer
What You Will Need:
- 2/3 Cups of white sugar
- 1/4 of melted coconut oil (or more…)
- 10 drops lemon essential oil or 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Optional: One drop of food coloring
How to Make:
a.). You will want to start by melting the coconut oil. I use the microwave and just go 10 seconds at a time until it is completely melted.
b.) Pour sugar into the melted coconut mixture.
c.) Add lemon essential oil or juice.
d.) Add in more oil as needed until it reaches a consistency you like. I’d recommend it should be like wet, but not soaking wet, sand. You may like it more or less dry, though. If you want it colored add ONE drop of food coloring.
I used pink so I basically made a pink lemonade scrub. Sweet.
3. Follow up with a good hand cream
Avoid any artificially fragranced lotion (I’m looking at you Bath & Body Work) which will only irritate your skin further. Try a natural simple one like one from Burt’s Bees, Kiss My Face, or experiment with clean organic brands from Amazon.
I also heard Spectro Kids Face and Body Intense Rehydration Moisturizer are good ones to try.
If you’d rather make your own then you will love this washed ghee moisturizer. It takes a while to make but is WELL worth the effort.
4.) Show Off Those Pretty Hands!
Now that our hands are polished, soft and moisturized, what better way to show them off than with a beautiful new watch? I’m very into natural pretty elements which is why I LOVE the unique watches from Jord. If you haven’t seen them yet check them out. They are the kind of watches people notice instantly and I’ve been getting so many compliments since receiving mine.
I’m not a big jewelry person, but I’ve always loved watches because they are both an accessory but also very practical. I have a pretty busy schedule these days with my full-time job, blogging, renovating our 1940s house, and preparing for a baby. Needless to say, I need to know what time it is constantly, but I like it to be something pretty I can wear as well.
Here I’m wearing Jord’s Koa & Rose Gold that matches everything. Not only do they have women’s watches, but friends, you can get your guy a Men’s Wood watch that is not only masculine but unique as well.
Oh, and when you are that special someone receives the watch you will feel SPECIAL. It comes in a beautiful box with a cleaning cloth and mini cleaning stick so you can continue to care for the beautiful wood.
And I wouldn’t just tell you about a watch I love without giving one of you a chance to win one, would I? Nope.
Jord Watch Giveaway!!
Yes, one lucky person can win a $180 towards a watch of their choice – either for yourself or a special guy in your life. Just head over to this link to enter the Jord Watch giveaway!
This way, if your significant other got you a vacuum for Valentine’s Day you can still get something nice. Or, you could be extra nice and get him one of his very own engraved watches.
- Head to the Jord Site to enter.
- Contest Ends March 11. Good luck!