Today, I’m taking a break from organizing to bring you a little self-care post! If you liked my DIY facial recipe from pantry staples, you’ll love this recipe, too. It’s a 2 ingredient DIY hand scrub recipe you can make with things you likely already have in the cupboard!
This time of year my hands get dry and scaly. I think it’s all the dishes and sock folding, LOL! I’m always tempted to slather on hand cream, but I learned that when your hands get this way, no amount of lotion will help them until you exfoliate away the dead skin.
In my not so distant past, I would have run to my local nail shop for a manicure and asked for a paraffin dip. But in the spirit of conscious spending, I decided to whip up a batch of my favorite hand scrub to give myself an at-home treatment instead.
4 Steps to smooth hands and a happy heart:
Step 1: Gather ingredients
Go to your baking cupboard, and measure out ½ cup of coconut oil, and 1 cup granulated sugar in a bowl. Maybe after you make your scrub, you’ll whip up batch of cookies? Who knows?
Step 2: Microwave
Heat the mixture for 30 seconds in the microwave to warm the oil, while whistling Don’t Worry Be Happy and doing a few spins around the kitchen floor in your favorite fuzzy socks.
Step 3: Mix
Mix it until it combines into a scrub like mixture. The sugar will still have texture, and that’s what’s going to get the snakeskin off your hands. P.S. I love the scent of this scrub! It smells like Hawaii to me. I could use a trip to Hawaii right about now, couldn’t you? Let’s just pretend we are there.
Step 4: Exfoliate
Now, get your hands wet and measure out a spoonful of scrub, or however much looks good. It’s not a science. Rub it gently into your hands and wrists and especially between your fingers! It feels amazing! Do this for about a minute, by candlelight if you so choose. A little ambiance only makes things more fun! Rinse it off and gently dry. The sugar exfoliates and the coconut oil will make your hands soft and smooth. Like a baby’s cheeks.
I like to store my scrub in a mason jar in my medicine cabinet so I can use it once a week. It stays good for a long time because of the shelf stable ingredients.
Do your boys get grit under their fingernails like mine do? Do they scream with fiery outrage when you suggest they clean their fingernails? This scrub has changed all that. My boys LOVE to help me make this scrub and they also like to use it. They now thoroughly clean their hands, on their own, with no tantrums! Hallelujah! I call it mommy’s special scrub. They especially like that it contains sugar.
I hope this week brings you some rest and time for you!