If you are like me and tend to forget to wear rubber gloves when doing household chores such as washing clothes, doing the dishes, or tending to my yard. Detergents, cleaners and garden sprays may contain harmful chemicals that can strip the natural moisturizing oils from the skin, leaving your hands rough and dehydrated.
The best way to avoid dry chapped hands is to opt for soaps and/or sanitizers that has minimum amount of alcohol. I also suggest you use a good quality hand lotion afterwards to moisturize and condition your hands. Apply a good thick hand cream without petroleum, ideally made with ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, or beeswax.
I found a few treatments for Dry Chapped Hands that you may want to try on this Makeover Monday!
Homemade shea butter hand cream:
Melt together 4 tablespoons beeswax and 8 tablespoons shea butter. Then add 8 tablespoons evening primrose oil and 10 drops lavender essential oils. Mix all ingredients completely until smooth. Transfer to a jar, and leave to harden.
Homemade coca butter hand cream:
Melt together 4 tablespoons beeswax and 4 tablespoons cocoa butter. Add 4 tablespoons almond oil and mix them really well. Pour into a jar and let it solidify.
It always a good idea to use a hand scrub before using a hand cream so that the cream can be better absorbed. Try making this inexpensive home made papaya almond oatmeal hand scrub. It is a gentle exfoliating hand scrub that will get rid of dead skin cells while moisturizing the skin underneath, leaving you with nourished, soft, touchable skin.
Homemade papaya almond hand scrub:
1 tablespoon papaya, ½ teaspoon ground almonds, ½ teaspoon ground oatmeal (you can also replace it with sugar or salt ), 1 teaspoon honey, and ¼ teaspoon pineapple juice.
Mashing papaya in a small bowl. Add oatmeal, almonds, honey and pineapple juice. Stir until a paste forms. Place mixture in your refrigerator for 15 minutes.
To use, lightly scrub the mixture over your hands. Gently massage your skin for about 5 minutes before washing off thoroughly with cool water.
You can also use this simple hand soak made with pineapple juice to help remove dead skin cells and soften rough hands. This natural home remedy is perfect for dry or chapped hands.
Homemade handsoak treatment:
2 tablespoons honey, 10 drops lemon balm oil, 10 drops papaya oil, and organic pineapple juice.
Heat honey in your microwave oven for 10 seconds, and transfer it into a bowl, large enough to comfortably fit both hands. Slowly stir in lemon balm oil and papaya oil. Then pour pineapple juice into the bowl until it is about ¾ full.
Soak your hands in mixture for about 15 minutes while gently massaging your hands and fingers. Rinse off completely with cool water.
Have a wonderful Monday! xoxo Mel