It’s no longer the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean that the home spa treatments need to stop!  Today I will focus on 3 hand treatments to keep your hands in top shape this winter and beyond.

1) Hand Scrub.  This can be very simple.  Grab some olive oil and sugar (white or brown).  Mix 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar.   If you have a lemon on hand, add a teaspoon of lemon juice.  Mix and apply to clean hands and scrub for a couple of minutes.  Rinse well and admire the smoothness.  You can also use 1 part baking soda (love baking soda!) to 2 parts liquid soap (castile, such as Dr. Bronner’s) and scrub your hands well.  This can be done on a weekly basis to keep skin soft and moist.

2) Nail Strengthener.  Make a balm of horsetail and nettle infused olive oil and beeswax.  Use 2 parts infused oil to 1 part beeswax (you can use carnauba wax if you’re vegan) and add a few drops of lemon and/or lavender essential oil (i.e., 2 ounces oil, 1 ounce beeswax, 8 drops EO).  The silica and vitamins in the horsetail and nettle will strengthen the nails and nourish cutilcles, especially if used nightly.  An alternative would be to use a few drops of body oil with organic oils like sunflower, argan, olive, and others.  These pure oils will sink into nail surfaces and cuticles to fortify your nails as well.

3) Hand “Mask”. Use 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and very hot water to make a paste consistency.  Add EOs like lavender, and a little aloe vera gel.  Apply in an even layer to clean, exfoliated hands and either cover in saran wrap or leave on hands while soaking in a bath.  Rinse and apply a few drops of oil to lock in the moisture.

What is your favorite way to pamper your hands?