When your hands become dry and chapped, heading to the spa for a hand treatment isn’t always a convenient option. Give your hands a pampering experience at home by performing your own hand spa treatment to banish dry skin and leave them silky smooth.
Things You'll Need
Put a quarter-sized amount of olive oil into the palm of one hand. Add about 1 teaspoon of white sugar.
Massage your hands with the olive oil and sugar to exfoliate and remove the dead, dry skin. Rinse your hands with warm water and dry with a soft towel.
Grind 2 tablespoons of oats in a blender or food processor until they become a fine powder. Put the oats into a medium-sized microwavable bowl.
Add 1 tablespoon of rose water, 1 teaspoon each of almond oil, lemon juice and honey, and ½ teaspoon of vitamin-E oil. Mix the oatmeal powder and liquid ingredients with a spoon to create a thick paste. Set the mixture aside.
Fill a large bowl with hot water. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Soak your hands in the water for 30 minutes, then pat dry with a towel. The water should be comfortably hot, but not too hot that it burns your skin.
Heat the oatmeal paste in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds. The mixture should be warm, but not hot.
Scoop the mixture from the bowl with your hand. Rub it generously between both hands until they are completely covered.
Wrap each hand in a clean hand towel. Lay your hands flat for 10 to 15 minutes until the oatmeal mixture has cooled.
Remove the towels and rinse your hands with warm water. Wash with mild hand soap and warm water to remove any sticky, oily residue. Pat your hands dry with a soft towel and apply moisturizing lotion.
Look for moisturizers that contain hydrating, non-greasy ingredients like lanolin, glycerin and shea butter. These products will nicely finish your hand treatment and infuse hydration.
Create a spa-like ambiance by lighting candles, playing relaxing music and giving yourself a hand spa treatment in a relaxing space.
References and ResourcesSeventh Generation: Do-It-Yourself Hand Spa Treatment
Dr. Cynthia Bailey Skin Care: Dermatologist’s Tips For Dry, Chapped, Painful Hand Skin
All You: Give Yourself an All-Natural Spa Treatment (At Home!)