Skin Softening Hand Scrub Recipe

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Are dry hands your nemesis right now? Take charge of your skin’s health with this rose skin softening hand scrub recipe!

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

How many times a day do you wash your hands? When I think about how many times I wash my hands daily, I’m kind of floored. It’s no wonder that my hands dry out so easily.

Every trip to the restroom, whenever I cook or engage in a new creative project – I was my hands afterwards. And let’s face it, even the most moisturizing soap in the world can still dry out your hands with repeated use – especially in the winter. Which got me thinking. If my hand soap is contributing to my dry hands, why am I still using the same ordinary hand soap to wash them?

My rose skin softening hand scrub recipe is my solution for hands that look and feel healthier. Working with Dr. Bronner’s Rose Castile Liquid Soap as a base for my hand scrub, I then added a variety of natural ingredients to hydrate skin and promote skin health. One of these ingredients is tamanu oil.

What is Tamanu Oil?

Referred to as a remarkable skin regenerator, tamanu oil is easily absorbed by skin and is rich in moisturizing omega fatty acids. Its antioxidant properties can help to stem aging and prevent sun damage.

When used in skin care applications, tamanu oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to speed up healing. Additionally, this golden green carrier oil is incredibly effective at soothing dry skin as well as clearing up rashes. Used solo, it even makes a wonderful anti-aging eye serum.

Explore some of my anti-aging skin care recipes here.

In addition to the tamanu oil, I also used lanolin to help lock in moisture and protect hands from further damage. Shea nut oil is also included in my skin softening hand scrub recipe for its moisturizing properties while sugar exfoliates and sloughs off dead skin cells.

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

Rose Skin Softening Hand Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

10 oz. white granulated sugar
2.5 oz. Dr. Bronner’s Rose Castile Liquid Soap
.3 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
.3 oz. shea nut oil
.25 oz. tamanu oil
.25 oz. cyclomethicone (optional)
.15 oz. emulsifying wax
.1 oz. rose kaolin clay
few drops rose absolute to suit (optional)

Instructions:

Begin by weighing out the lanolin and emulsifying wax using a digital scale. Place inside a medium glass mixing bowl or Pyrex measuring cup and heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. Allow to cool slightly.

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

Tip: For extra dry hands or cracked skin, double the amount of lanolin called for in my skin softening hand scrub recipe!

Next, weigh the shea nut oil, tamanu oil, cyclomethicone and liquid soap. Combine with the melted wax and lanolin and stir gently to combine. Follow with a few drops of rose absolute to suit.

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

In a separate container weigh out the sugar and the clay. Then pour the sugar into the liquid ingredients and mix well.

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

Once the sugar is fully incorporated throughout the skin softening hand scrub, pour into your container(s) of choice. (I used two 4 oz. double walled jars for my scrub.) Then decorate or label your jars as desired for personal use or gifting. (I used washi tape to decorate my jar!)

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To use, scoop out desired amount from the container then wash hands as normal. Follow with your favorite hand cream or lotion. Or try my soothing moisture whip recipe for dry skin! 

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

More Body Scrub Recipes

If you like my skin softening hand scrub recipe, then you may also enjoy some of my other body scrub recipes. Here are some of my favorites!

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Make a mask for dry winter hands

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Winter Hand Mask

Recipe compliments of Spa Index.
Winter often means dry, cracked, chapped hands – a seasonal hazard. Our hands are first exposed to indoor dry heat and then exposed to harsh outdoor conditions. Often, your favorite or regular moisturizer seem less effective. Here are some tips to help your hands this Winter, as well as a fun bath recipe to try and share with a friend. Who doesn’t enjoy an aromatic bath on a cold winter’s night?

  1. Drink plenty of water and consider using a humidifier to add moisture to your environment.
  2. Wash Gently. Detergent-laden soaps are drying to the skin, so try a milder herbal soap.
  3. Switch Moisturizers. In the summer when living is easy and humidity high, a light moisturizer is fine. However, when winter arrives, you need heavy duty hand care to soothe and rehydrate. Keep your hand cream accessible — in your purse, at your desk, in your kitchen, on the bathroom vanity, and by your computer monitor and television. Apply often.
  4. Pamper your hands with a few home spa treats. Once a week, try our super-moisturizing treatment: Soak your hands in hot water with a few tablespoons of baking soda, for thirty minutes. Dry your hands, and apply our Winter Hand Mask as directed, below.
Winter Hand Mask:
Ingredients:
3 tablespoon oatmeal
2 tablespoons rose water
2 teaspoons almond oil
Instructions:
Crush and mix all ingredients in a mortar with a pestle. Then, heat mixture gently — just to the warm stage, in your microwave. Carefully apply your mask to your winter sore hands, wrap in cling film, or, a clean towel. Allow to remain on your hands until cool. Rinse. Stores very well.
To keep your hands smooth and to help heal cracked skin, follow with Unrefined Shea Butter. Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from the fruit of the Karite Tree found in West Africa. It is a wonderful moisturizer and emollient, and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Apply liberally to the skin to treat scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, chapped lips, stretch marks, and wrinkles. Unscented. Has only a light, natural scent. Vegan and 100% natural. Use it anywhere on your body. Hair, feet, body, or face.
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