Home Made Products For Youthful Hands and Feet
by Jangwa Rose
No one can escape ageing.
Your hands are the first giveaway.
Our hands are constantly exposed to sun, water and all kinds of soap and chemicals, because of a certain lifestyle.
It is therefor very important to protect your hands by using a sunscreen daily and gloves when working in water or with harsh cleaning agents.
Our hands may appear more aged than our faces.
The good news is that you can start with treatments to try to reverse the signs of ageing, leaving your hands soft and cared for.
Although not much can be done to reverse the damage, like age spots, a homemade treatment might help to lighten the spots.
The best prevention of course, always is sunscreen! Over time the skin on the back of your hand become thin and loose elasticity and plumpness. Regular homemade treatment may help with damage restoration.
Basic Hand Cream
250 ml Vaseline jelly
3 teaspoons glycerine
juice of 1/2 a lemon
Whisk together well. Keep in airtight container.
Rich Home Made Hand Cream
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons beeswax
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon almond oil
100 ml rosewater (you can purchase this or make an infusion of rose petals in distilled water)
Heat apple cider vinegar in a double boiler until it begins to simmer at the bottom of the pan.
Cut beeswax in small pieces and add.
Stir constantly to prevent burning.
Stir in the honey. Add avocado oil and almond oil.
Pour in the rosewater.
Cool and pour into a clean sterilized jar.
Homemade Scrub for Hands
1 tablespoon of natural yogurt
1 tablespoon white sugar
3 tablespoons oil (olive oil or baby oil)
Mix all ingredients well.
Massage the scrub on dry hands to more effectively remove dead skin, or on slightly damp hands.
Rub in a circular motion, rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of honey
1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
Mix together well.
Leave on for at least 30 minutes, or several hours, such as overnight with a pair of cotton gloves
to cover the hands, and rinse with warm water.
Our feet are often neglected, especially during winter.
By keeping up with foot care during winter, will make it much easier to maintain during summer time when it is sandal season.
Because our feet does not contain a lot of oil glands, they dry out easily.
The sweat glands can also cause dehydration quickly.
Treat yourself to a pedicure at home, and care for it with home made treatments on an ongoing basis.
This will safe you from having to undergo professional treatment.
Apply a few basic principles like making sure you dry your feet thoroughly after a bath.
Make sure to dry between your toes as well.
Spoil your feet with a regular home spa, by soaking it in good products.
Remove the coarse skin with a fine foot file, making sure it is fine enough not to cause small tears in the skin.
To prevent yellow or stained discoloration of your toe nails, do not use nail polish without a base coat.
It is worth investing in a quality base coat.
Home made Foot Treatment
Soak your feet for 10 minutes in look warm water with a few drops of lavender essential oil added.
For coarse skin:
add two tablespoons of salt in a litre of lukewarm water and soak feet to soften the skin.
Add a handful of fresh or dry mint leaves to a foot bath filled with ice water and soak your hot feet.
Use coarse salt and olive oil.
Rub with half a lemon twice a day.
Rub with coconut oil.
100 ml sweet almond oil
8 drops of lemon juice
4 drops tea tree oil
2 drops essential oil of choice
200 g salt flakes
Mix well and store in dark jars.
To use: Soak feet to clean.
Dry well. Massage feet with a hand-full of scrub.
Rinse feet, dry and wear socks for the night.
Honey Foot Scrub
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon vinegar
Mix a scrub from the ingredients.
Add a few drops of olive oil if you like.
For Soft Feet
Do this treatment before going to bed.
Wash feet with soap and warm water.
Dissolved 1/2 cup baking soda in a few litres of warm water
Soak feet for half an hour.
Scrub heels with your preferred exfoliation method
Rinse feet with warm water and make sure to remove all dirt, soap and exfoliating product pieces.
Pat dry with a clean towel.
Apply one tablespoon olive oil, on each foot.
Massage feet and heels in a circular manner with your fingers for a few minutes.
Put on the cotton socks and go to sleep.
Clean your feet in the morning.
Repeat it few times a week until you achieve desired result.
Homemade Products for Feet
1/4 cup of kosher salt
1/4 cup of oatmeal
2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
1/4 cup of unscented body lotion
Work the mixture into feet while they are dry, rinse off with cool water and pat dry.
Repeat the same procedure and upon drying the feet, apply a moisturizer.