Friday, July 23, 2010

A treat for your hands

With all the things that you do to make your home an inviting space, do you ever end up with your hands looking like this?



Me too. And I've been inspired to do something about that. I guess I could wear gloves, but I'm not very good at handling things while wearing gloves, so instead I've come up with a way to care for my hands after I've abused them.

Simply take some kosher salt (coarse but not rocky)



and mix it with some oil. You can use whatever kind of oil you like. Olive oil is very nice. Or you can use this:


It contains aloe vera and other nutrients and smells like the beach.

Simply mix the salt and oil together. The mixture will be coarse and crumbly; the oil doesn't dissolve the salt. (If you tend to have lots of cuts and scratches on your hands and want to avoid using salt, try turbinado sugar instead of salt.)


Store the mixture in a plastic or glass container. I keep mine in a little crock by the kitchen sink.

To use, take a handful of the mixture and massage it gently for about sixty seconds, then wash your hands. They'll be as smooth as a baby's bottom.

Enjoy!

13 comments:

Rebekah said...

Using tanning oil is a brilliant idea!

Love the Decor! said...

That is a nice little treat!!
Love the idea of the tanning oil!!

Holly said...

Ooo, that sounds nice! Great idea.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

MUCH cheaper than Mary Kay's Satin Hands!!! :) I've already added this link to my draft for next week's Weekend Bloggy Reading. ;)

Southern Lady said...

Great idea and much cheaper than the products on the market these days. Carla

HeathahLee said...

OOoooooohhhh...that sounds heavenly! I love how Hawaiian tropic smells! Since I can't get to the beach in who knows how long, at least my hands can smell like it! : )

Always Nesting said...

I love this idea! I clean with my hands and nails, without a care to how my hands look, just want to clean all the nooks and crannies in my home...and it shows, grrrr...but that's an easy way to pamper myself.

Julia said...

Love this! I made up big batches of this scrub for Christmas this year. I use the same salt, olive oil, a bit of handsoap (gives you suds) and a few drops of whatever essential oils I have around. I like orange, lavender and eucalyptus. So decadent, great for pedicures too! And fyi it gets grease, mechanic grime and other guy stuff off their hands too. My manly man even uses the orange one without any coaxing from me--and I'm not complaining! Clean AND soft hands=happy wife!

dawn said...

keeping it in a little crock by the sink is a lovely idea...I know about this, but never feel like making it when I need it...what a great plan!

Paula said...

I would never have thought of using tanning oil! That's a great idea! I just scrubbed my hands and feet down with a sugar scrub that I made at Christmas. It's amazing how soft your skin can feel after using a few simple kitchen ingredients.

Bonita said...

Thanks, Richella! This is a great tip! I love to massage my hands and feet with almond oil so I'll try this using that.

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

I so need this! I can't tell you how many times I look down at my hands at the store and there are traces of paint or stain from projects. Whould-a thought of tanning oil??
You. :) Brilliant.

KarenB said...

Love this idea! I'm going to try it.

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