We’re pals, right? We tell each other secrets without shame or judgment. Right? Well, I’m about to share a big secret with you: I have dry skin. Like so dry that alligators feel sorry for me. 😀 Okay, that may not be a deep, dark secret but it drives me nuts because dry skin is kind of gross. Or a lot gross.
It also seems the older I get, the more noticeable or annoying my dry skin becomes. Perhaps because I associate supple, soft skin with youth. Dry, rough skin makes me feel like an old coot. And I may be an old coot, but I don’t want to actually look like one!
Turning 40 wasn’t the bug-a-boo I expected it to be but my age has started to show. Fine lines around my eyes. Uneven skin tone. Sandpaper skin. This makes me extremely unhappy and I am on a quest to turn back the clock, starting with my hands. Hands betray our age rather quickly and mine don’t look spectacular, if I’m being honest.
If I Could Turn Back Time
There are many commercial scrubs and lotions readily available, although some have questionable ingredients or are horribly overpriced for the results you get. Because I am both cheap and want results, I always start with DIY. This is a very simple scrub that I love. It leaves my hands (and body) feeling as smooth and soft as a baby’s butt.
To be fair, I don’t actually remember how soft a baby’s butt is. It’s been 20 years since I’ve changed a diaper.
And I didn’t do it very well. 😀 But I make a heckuva hand scrub.
Coconut Oil Salt Scrub with Lavender
Full of real ingredients that do a body good.
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 cup fine sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- In a small bowl, mix together the coconut oil and honey. Set aside.
- In a different small bowl, stir together the sea salt, lavender and lemon juice until its texture becomes pebble-like.
- Combine salt mixture and honey mixture together and stir until smooth.
- Store in a small glass storage container. It will last 2-3 weeks at room temperature or up to 2 months stored in the refrigerator.
How To Use
- Gently massage a marble-sized amount of salt scrub into your clean hands for 30-60 seconds.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry. The coconut oil should leave your hands soft and supple so you won’t need hand lotion.
- Repeat 1-2 times per week. Note: this scrub is not just for hands and can be used as a body scrub. However, avoid using it on your face. If you want a face scrub, replace the fine sea salt with sugar.
- If you are unsure how your skin will react to the scrub, test first. Salt is generally used for body scrubs while sugar is used for face scrubs. If your skin overall is sensitive, you may want to use sugar instead of salt.
- Lavender essential oil improves skin complexion and slows aging. It is also used to treats skin disorders, such as acne, psoriasis, eczema. If you don’t have lavender essential oil and prefer not spending money on it, go ahead and eliminate it. It will still be a good salt scrub without it.
- I add lemon because it does an excellent job of reducing age spots and brightening skin. You can eliminate it if those are not skincare concerns you have at the moment.
Soft, Youthful Hands Means a Happy Tanya
And at the end of the day, that’s what we all want, right? Me to be content and not ranting with a twitching eye. 😀 Seriously, though, this stuff is awesome. I love how my skin feels after I use it and that it is made with ingredients I understand. Most of all, I love my soft skin.
Do you suffer from dry skin? How do you combat it?