Dry winter hands? Homemade Sea Salt Scrub Solution

18 Feb

Here in Indiana the weather is unpredictable and that is putting it nicely. It can be sunshine and 70° in Feburary or 40° and rainy on the 4th of July. That can be horrible for your skin and hair. So I don’t cook or have those kind of reciepes to share, but when it comes to beauty tips and tricks, I have tried it all. And with that I have a ton of knowledge and experience on what actually works. But I am also thrifty. A smart woman needs to look her best but save a dime anywhere she can. And beauty products are notoriously over priced with no return policy. I am also a believer in the more natural the better. And I want to share!!!
So with all that in mind, this is a natural remedy for dry, chapped hands. Do you have lots of hangnails or dry cuticles? Or dry hands in general? This is the most awesome and quick remedy. It is a Sea Salt Scrub and here is what you need:

* 20 oz. or more airtight container and lid, plastic or glass (make sure you can reach your hand inside and IT MUST BE AIRTIGHT TO MAKE THE SCRUB LAST)
* 16 oz. Sea Salt, finely ground, uniodized
* 8 oz. plain, Olive Oil or Almond Oil (more $)

Those are the basics but here are some things you can add if you like:

* 2-4 oz. Vitamen E oil
* a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance like peppermint or lavender

And now just dump all that into the container and use a spoon to mix it all together. The oil may bubble but that is just as it soaks into the salt. And there is your very own Sea Salt Scrub. Now here is how you use it. All you need is to use two fingers to scoop up some scrub and get your other hand a little bit wet with warm water. Now rub your hands together. Make sure you do the tops of your hands and finger nails too. Just like washing your hands really well for like a minute. Then rinse it off with warm water. You will be able to feel the oil still so don’t try to wash or dry it completely off. The oil will sink in over the next 10 to 30 minutes. The sea salt will gently scrub off the hangnails and exfoliate the dry skin while the oil will naturally soften your cuticles and moisturize your hands. Do this once a day and you will have baby soft hands in no time. Literally you will notice a difference after one use. No lotion needed. This scrub is best used on hands or feet. Definately not your face. Now if you find that the finely ground sea salt is not scrubbing hard enough or if your guy uses his hands in his work and needs more exfoliation, there is also coarsely ground sea salt. The salt grains are bigger and will scrub more. Use it instead of the finely ground sea salt in the recipe. Also make sure you store the scrub in an air tight container or jar. It will last you 3 to 6 monthes. But after that you should throw it out and make a new batch. Also you will notice the oil rises to the top of the mixture during uses. It is ok, just use your fingers to mix it together again right before you use it. This recipe can be tweeked or played with if you want to. If you find it is too oily, just add less olive/alomond oil. Add more salt for a little more scrubbing effect. These kind of scrubs cost $30 and up. I found all the ingedients for this scrub in the aisles of my local grocery store and for less than $10 including a plastic container. Enjoy!

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One Response to “Dry winter hands? Homemade Sea Salt Scrub Solution”

  1. Natasha Spark February 19, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Awesome! I can’t wait to try this! My hands are so dry because I work in a lab and have to wash my hands constantly. They actually hurt and heavy creams have not been helpful.

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