Holistic Hand Health
Author: Lauren Hunsberger | Posted In: Live | April 2020
While it may seem counterintuitive to exfoliate sensitive hands, the sloughing off of the top layer actually encourages the growth of new, soft skin. If your hands are badly cracked, however, consider skipping this step. Both of these recipes can be made within minutes from ingredients you most likely have on hand.
- 1 tablespoon sugar, the coarser the better
- A few drops of olive or jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon coffee grounds, the coarser the better
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Mix the ingredients in a small bowl, and gently scrub your hands and forearms over the kitchen sink for 3–5 minutes.
- Rinse and follow with the moisturizer of your choice. Don’t exfoliate more than once or twice a week.
15-Minute Oak Soak
This DIY oat soak looks like a breakfast recipe, but the amino acids from the oats combined with the lactic acid (a natural alpha hydroxy acid) in the milk create a gentle but potent cocktail for softer skin.
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats, ground
- 2-3 cups whole milk, or enough to cover hands to the wrists
- In a large bowl, combine the ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes. Place your hands in the bowl and let soak for 15–20 minutes. You can also add oats to a bath if you want to moisturize the whole body.
The ingredients are simple, but this overnight moisturizer will knock out dry skin in one treatment. The probiotics and lactic acid in the yogurt add an active component to the hydrating coconut oil base. The raw honey infuses the compound with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
- 2 drops of essential oil (optional)
- A pair of non-latex gloves
- Right before bedtime, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Coat your hands and wrists with the moisturizer and cover with the gloves. Wear throughout the night and then wash and remove in the morning.