Gardener’s hands can get pretty dirty but with this homemade hand scrub no one would ever know. This scrub is perfect for getting the dirt out from under fingernails and out of the nooks and crannies (aka wrinkles) in our hands. It takes just minutes to mix together using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Glycerin – Vegetable glycerin is an emollient and will help moisturize your hands as you are cleaning them.
Sugar – you can use brown sugar, raw sugar, or white sugar. Just know that the size of the granules will determine how “rough” of a scrub it is. Since this scrub is for my hands, I use a raw sugar.
Castile or other liquid soap – castile soap is a vegetable based soap that lathers well. For this recipe you need a soap that lathers, feel free to use whatever liquid soap you normally use just be sure that it lathers well.
Essential oils – if you want you can scent the scrub with a few drops of essential oils. Just know that since you rinse scrubs off, the healing properties of the essential oils will also get rinsed off – unlike when you apply lotion. I prefer to use my oils in lotions rather than in scrubs for this reason.
How to Make a Hand Scrub
I like to just mix the ingredients right in the jar I’m going to store the scrub in. I use a chopstick to get the sugar out of the bottom groove. I use a half pint jar.
You can mix the scrub in a mixing bowl and then transfer it into the mason jar if you want.
Once the scrub is mixed, put a lid on the jar for storing. I like to use the plastic storage lids instead of a metal canning lid. The metal tends to rust.
How to Use a Hand Scrub
You probably don’t need to use a hand scrub every day, just when your hands are really dirty – like when you’ve been working in the garden without gloves.
- Rinse your hands to remove excess dirt.
- Using a spoon or scoop, take about 1 tsp of scrub out of the jar. Be careful not to let any moisture get into the jar.
- While your hands are still damp, gently scrub them with the hand scrub. Make sure to lather them up.
- Rise with warm water and pat your skin dry.
- Apply hand cream immediately.
Conquering Dry Skin
Dry skin can be constant or it can be seasonal. Whatever the reason for your dry skin, the solution is the same. You need to moisturize from the inside by drinking plenty of water. And moisturize from the outside with lotions or creams. However, for lotions to work you need to exfoliate the dead skin first. Here are more ideas for conquering dry skin with scrubs and lotions.
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- 8 ounce mason or other jar with lid
- chopstick or something to stir with
- mixing bowl (optional)
- spatula (optional)
- Wash and dry the jar and the lid.
- You can mix the ingredients directly in the jar or use a separate mixing bowl.
- Mix the sugar, honey and essential oil (if using) together until well combined.
- If you mixed in a separate bowl transfer the scrub to the mason jar.
- Top the jar with the lid.
- Use within 3-4 months. To help the scrub last longer, do not get moisture into the jar. Use a spoon or scoop and don't double dip.
How to use Hand Scrub
- Wash face with your regular face cleanser.
- While face is still damp, use about 1 tsp sugar and honey face scrub and gently scrub your face in circular motions avoiding the eye area.
- Rise with water and pat your face dry.
- Apply moisturizer.
- Use twice a week to keep your skin glowing.
If the scrub seems too thick, add more glycerin. If it seems too thin, add a little more sugar.