My hands always tend to get so dry in the winter. And since my skin is prone to eczema, that makes it even worse. Dry red itchy patches are nothing to laugh about and no amount of homemade lotion, homemade hand soap, or rash cream seems to help totally.
We wash our hands generally with a pure coconut oil soap that I buy from Tropical Traditions. It's very hard to find a corn free soap and this one only contains coconut oil so it's definitely our fav right now. But even though it gets our hands clean, it still really dries them out and with frequent washing to prevent winter germs my hands just get worse and worse.
So I attempted to come up with a recipe for a homemade hand cleaner that could be used a few times a day instead of regular soap to restore my hands to their normal happy, healthy selves. Here's my recipe:
Homemade Hand Cleaner
What You Need:
- 1/2 c. oats (I used rolled oats although I don't think it matters)
- 1/2 c. raw sugar
- 1/2 c. coconut milk or goat's milk (the carton, not the canned version)
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- A few drops of Vitamin E oil
Pour the oats into a blender and blend until they make a course powder.
Pour the blended oats into a bowl, add in the sugar, olive oil, and Vitamin E (will help preserve).
Add in the milk last, you may want to add more or less depending on how thick you want the scrub to be.
Pour the finished mixture into a jar or container and set next to your sink to use when you wash your hands. To restore your hands you don't need to use it every time you wash, but once or twice a day should help. Remember that this is an all natural mixture and won't last long sitting out so you could keep it in the fridge to extend it's life or make a smaller batch that you can use up in about a week.
Have you ever made your own homemade hand cleaner? Do you get dry winter hands?
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