For many of us, the first thing we think of in our self-care routines is the face, but what about our hands? We use them throughout the day, from snoozing the alarm to making lunch to applying beauty creams and everything between, but they are sometimes neglected in our self-care regimens. Furthermore, frequent hand-washing can strip hands of their natural oils, making them more susceptible to harsh elements and even UV rays, which can cause dry skin and premature aging. Hand cream is essential to protecting the hands, keeping them smooth, hydrated, soft and younger-looking. With this DIY hand cream, we combine relaxing Lavender Essential Oil and hydrating Jojoba Oil, beeswax and coconut oil to making a moisture-rich hand cream that's also relaxing to the mind and soothing to the senses.
Jojoba Oil is a carrier oil derived from nuts produced by the Jojoba shrub. Carrier oils are neutral oils that can be used as a base to dilute and "carry" concentrated essential oils, protecting skin so that it does not come into direct contact with concentrated extracts. Additionally, it acts as a humectant to seal skin with a protective barrier to lock in moisture. Jojoba Oil is also hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, meaning its structure imitates the skin's natural oils to keep pores free from buildup.
What You'll Need
- 3 Tbsp beeswax pellets
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup Paradise Springs Jojoba Oil
- 20 drops Paradise Springs Organic Lavender Oil
- 4oz jar for storing
Using a double boiler method, melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a heat-safe bowl. To do this, fill a pan with a few inches of water and bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat. Place the heat-safe bowl with coconut oil and beeswax pellets on top of the water until melted. Mix to combine, stirring gently. Remove the mixture from heat, then stir in the Jojoba Oil and the Organic Lavender Essential Oil. Quickly pour the mixture into a heat-safe jar, letting it harden as it cools.
Use & Storage
To use, apply generously to the hands as needed. We suggest starting with the backs of the hands, rubbing them together to incorporate the cream into the area thoroughly. Because this part of our skin dries faster than the palms and does not contain oil glands, it's important to give extra attention to this area. Store in a cool, dry place in an airtight jar.