DIY Homemade Hand Cream Recipes

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Ever desired soft supple hands and wondered which hand cream will help you achieve that? Here are a few hand cream recipes you can use in making your own hand cream and not be bothered about what unknown chemicals are in the store-bought variety.

These homemade moisturising hand creams and oils can be used during the day and also in the evening for an overnight treatment.  Once a recipe’s ingredients are blended, pour the mixture into a dark  8-ounce glass jar or container (these recipes make between 5 – 8 ounces of treatment).  Make sure the container has a top or cap with an airtight seal.  Keep refrigerated.

<Hand moisturizers work better when the skin is damp, allowing the ingredients to absorb into the skin, so it is beneficial to use them after you have cleansed your hands.

1. Moisturizer for Dry, Cracked Hands

¼ cup grated beeswax
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup cocoa butter
1-tablespoon honey
¼ cup sweet almond oil

A few drops of lavender essential oil.
Add the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and honey in a double boiler over low heat, until the ingredients melt.  Remove from heat and add the lavender oil.

When the mixture cools, pour into a dark glass jar or container.

2. Shea and Cocoa Butter Moisturising Cream

¼ cup cocoa butter
¼ cup shea butter
¼ cup sweet almond oil
¼ cup grated beeswax
6 tablespoons glycerin
Using a double boiler over low heat, combine the cocoa butter, beeswax,  shea butter and sweet almond oil.  Blend until melted into a liquid.  Stir in the glycerin until the mixture becomes smooth and thickens.   Let cool and then pour into a glass container.

3. Quick & Easy Moisturising Treatment

Heat 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon almond oil and 1 teaspoon of cocoa butter.  Since this is a small amount, you can heat the ingredients on a low setting in the microwave for about 2 seconds.

4. Shea Moisturising Balm

¼ cup shea butter
1/8-cup apricot kernel oil
¼ cup grated beeswax
10 drops myrrh essential oil
Melt the shea butter and beeswax over low heat in the double boiler.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for about five minutes.  Add the essential oils and then pour into a small (at least 5 ounce) glass jar or container.

5. Hydrating Hand Healer

2 tablespoons vitamin E oil
4 tablespoons sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons grated beeswax
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
10 drops chamomile oil
10 drops calendula oil
Combine vitamin E, sweet almond oil and beeswax in a double boiler over low heat.  Stir the ingredients and then gradually add the jojoba oil and stir until well blended.  Slowly stir in the coconut oil.

Remove from heat.  Add the chamomile and calendula oils and stir until blended and smooth.   Let the mixture cool and then pour into a glass container.

6. Skin Soother for Itchy, Cracked Hands

Combine 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil, 3 drops vitamin E oil and 5 drops each of German chamomile and lavender oil to relieve cracked skin and cuticles.

About the Ingredients

Almond oil has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used for massage.  It’s good for all skin types and nourishes the skin.

Apricot kernel seed oil is similar to almond oil, but is better for sensitive, damaged and aging skin. It replenishes moisture to dehydrated dry, mature and sensitive skin and soothes inflammation.  It also balances oily skin.

Beeswax is often used in lip balms.  It helps seal in moisture and protects the skin against environmental damage.

Calendula oil is beneficial to dry and sensitive skin.  It is also good for damaged skin, soothes itchy skin and skin inflammation, and has been used to treat dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions.

Chamomile has anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties.  German chamomile (also called blue chamomile) has a higher azulene content (acquired during the distillation process) giving it more skin healing and anti-inflammatory properties than Roman chamomile, but either one can be used in the recipes.

Cocoa butter has been used for centuries to relieve dry skin and even skin tone.

Coconut oil is an emollient that protects the skin against dryness.

Honey helps heal and moisturize the skin.

Jojoba oil  is similar to skin sebum and can be used alone or in recipes to soften and treat dry skin.

Lavender is anti-inflammatory and healing, and helps treat oily, dry and problem skin.

Shea butter has emollient properties that seals in and helps the skin retain moisture.

Sweet almond oil is great on its own for relieving dry, cracked and chapped skin.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects the skin against premature aging and damage.

All these can be found at natural health and beauty shops.

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