DIY Moisturizing Hand Mask: Great For At-Home Manicures!

Today we’ve got the perfect DIY spa recipe (adapted from Green Beauty Recipes) that delivers the TLC your hands deserve. This would be great if you work a lot with you hands or if winter weather has them dry. If you are doing an at home spa day or manicure why not try this mask after shaping your nails and trimming cuticles? All you need are 4 simple ingredients for softer, happier hands 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp fine sugar or salt
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave
  • 1 raw egg yolk OR 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp full-fat cream (you could use soy if you are only using vegan products)

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir.
  2. Apply a generous layer of the mask to your hands and massage it into your fingertips. Or if you are lucky get someone to do it for you.
  3. Put on some gloves or plastic bags and let the mask sit for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes you can rinse off the mask with warm water.

*** You can only store this mixture in your fridge for a week if you use olive oil instead of an egg.

If you are looking for some fun ways to change up this mask consider adding your favorite essential oils. Lavender works great for relaxing, but citrus essential oils would be perfect in a salt mask.

How do you keep your hands looking healthy during the winter?

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DIY Oatmeal Lavender Face Scrub

Lavendar flower

Lavendar flower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week we shared a recipe for a sweet little lip scrub, and today we’ve got a recipe for a soothing oatmeal & lavender face scrub. With cooler and drier weather, our skin needs a little pick me up and gentle exfoliation to keep it looking fresh. Did I mention that this recipe would make a fantastic (and affordable) christmas gift for the natural beauty in your life. Just store the scrub in a pretty jar & decorate with a handmade label!

Oatmeal soothes sensitive and irritated skin, and lavender is a calming essential oil. It is a really gentle exfoliant and works perfectly for many skin types! It is important that the lavender flowers are completely dried (if you are using lavender from your own garden) to prevent the scrub from spoiling. The scrub should last about 6 months stored in an airtight jar.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup ground organic oatmeal (if you can’t find ground oatmeal, grind at home in a food processor or coffee grinder)
  • 1/2 cup dry lavender flowers, stripped of stalks (you can find these in bulk at grocery stores like Whole Foods, or order online from Mountain Rose Herbs)
  • 1/2 cup organic powdered milk (either whole or nonfat)
  • 2 tsp organic cornmeal

Directions

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and store in air tight jar.
  2. To use the scrub, wash your face, and apply the scrub on damp skin.
  3. Massage with light pressure and rinse with warm water.

Have you ever used an oatmeal scrub before?

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