The siren call of Spring and the warmer weather have lured me out into the garden. I’m spending many happy hours out there, redesigning on the hoof and trying out different kinds of garden bed construction (more on that later). It’s bliss for most of me, but not my hands which have become scratchy and rough with ingrained dirt in skin and nail. I don’t know about you, but I always forget my gloves, and on the odd occasion I do remember them, they don’t seem to stay on for very long!
The results? The garden looks pretty but my hands look awful. Worse, the really rough skin catches constantly and most unpleasantly on delicate and synthetic fabrics such as microfibre cleaning cloths and lingerie (I know, first world problems right, but still).
So it was with great pleasure that I discovered this super quick, super easy and very economical handscrub. Major bonus? It works to slough off dry skin and leave your hands smooth and supple and your nails looking great. Even better, you can make this with ingredients you probably already have to hand.
- Put a cup of sugar into any old jar with a lid, choose a pretty jar if you have one
- Pour on sufficient olive oil to moisten the sugar
- Mix well, add more olive oil to your preference (I like it slightly on the wet side)
- Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. I’m a lemonophile so I go for lemon. Lavender would also be lovely
- Keep it by your sink and next time you come in from the garden scoop a generous spoonful, rub between your soil encrusted hands and simply rinse off with warm water
- Enjoy your newly smooth and supple paws!
To my delight, this handscrub works every bit as well as the L’Occitane salt version (Lordy that’s pricy!) which my beloved once kindly bought for me. So if you’re working out where to invest your hard earned cash I’d make this scrub and put the money towards a good shea butter hand moisturiser. And, maybe come to think of it, I may just need one of these scrubs in the shower for exfoliation as well…