There’s nothing quite as relaxing and invigorating as a warm Summer's day. We may tolerate those crisp cold mornings in Winter but Summer is where it's at! However, Your skin may not feel as excited as you about heading into warmer weather. Taking time to cleanse and protect your body's largest organ (ummm...that means your skin!) is quite important as the seasons change. What better than a fabulous hand cream to nourish your hard-working hands?!
In today's fast-paced world, where the beauty industry is flooded with countless skincare products, there is something incredibly satisfying about making your own hand cream. DIY hand cream allows you to take control of the ingredients you use and offers a range of benefits for your skin and overall well-being. From natural hand care to the joy of creating your own personalized lotion, the advantages of homemade skincare are undeniable. In this blog post, I will explore why making your own hand cream is not only a worthwhile endeavor but also a rewarding journey towards healthier and more nourished hands. So, let's delve into the world of DIY hand creams and discover the endless possibilities that await us.
Gathering the Ingredients: Essential Components for a Nourishing Hand Cream
When it comes to creating a nourishing hand cream, the ingredients you choose play a vital role in its effectiveness. Natural oils, such as almond oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil, are essential components that provide deep hydration and replenish the skin's moisture barrier.
One key ingredient that should not be overlooked is Shea butter. This luxurious butter is rich in vitamins A and E, which promote skin elasticity and help soothe dryness. Its emollient properties make it an excellent choice for moisturizing and softening rough hands. I use
it extensively in soap and face cream making and love to use it raw on my skin. It is beautifully nutritious and a true skin food!
In addition to natural oils and Shea butter, beeswax is another valuable ingredient in hand cream recipes. Beeswax acts as a protective barrier on the skin, sealing in moisture while providing a breathable layer. It also contains natural antibacterial properties that can help keep your hands clean and healthy.
By combining these essential components - natural oils, Shea butter, and beeswax - you can create a nourishing hand cream that deeply hydrates, softens rough skin, and protects against environmental stressors. Whether you're making your own hand cream at home or looking for products with these key ingredients on the market, incorporating these nourishing components will ensure your hands receive the care they deserve.
Ingredients for DIY Hand Cream:
2 teaspoons beeswax
2 teaspoons cocoa butter
2 teaspoons shea butter
1 teaspoon almond oil
15 drops essential oil
How to make your Hand Cream:
Step 1. In a glass bowl, add the waxes, cocoa butter, Shea butter, and almond oil. Make sure the bowl is microwave-safe.
Step 2. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir every 30 seconds. The beeswax pellets will melt last. Continue to stir until melted.
Do not microwave all at once as the mixture could burn. Make sure to melt in increments and stir after each one.
Step 3. Stir in the essential oils of your choice. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Stir well to whip with a spoon.
Step 4. Spoon into a small glass jar or container once it has reached room temperature. Keep away from direct sunlight to extend shelf life.
Variations to try:
Coconut Oil. Use this instead of the Shea Butter if desired.
Sweet Almond Oil Substitute. This works great as a moisturizer. However, you can also use olive oil or jojoba oil instead.
Adjust the beeswax. This ingredient is necessary for making the hand cream stay firm. If you like a softer hand cream, reduce the amount of beeswax. If you like it firmer, increase the amount of beeswax.
Essential Oils. This is up to you and you can choose your favorite. We suggest using myrrh, cedarwood, frankincense, sandalwood, lavender essential oil or geranium. Vitamin E oil is a good carrier oil.
As you can see, there are numerous different variations to try with this hand lotion. It is easy to make using what you already have on hand or what you prefer.
You might even want to make several different batches using different essential oils and such. I love having a couple of different choices to use. It is so easy to make that it is simple to try new things.
If you decide this is all too much effort for you, you can also buy a beautiful handcrafted hand and face cream on my website.