I think we can all agree that winter and skin aren’t always the best of friends. I don’t know about you, but it seems as if the second the temperature starts to drop, my skin puts up a fuss. It’s like a switch gets flipped and overnight my skin turns dry, flaky, and inflamed, especially when it comes to my hands.
Because our hands are often exposed to the harsh winter elements, they can take a beating when temperatures plummet. Frequently hand washing may help prevent you from getting sick but it further strips any natural moisture away from your skin. And as if irritated, painful hands aren’t bad enough, cracks in the skin can provide an entryway for germs and allergens, causing further inflammation. That’s why nourishing and infusing hydration into your skin is so important.
To keep my hands in tip top shape, I like to use everyday household ingredients combined with nourishing essential oils from Aura Cacia to help calm and heal my irritated skin. And Aura Cacia has done the hard work for us by creating a Nurture Essential Oil Blend that’s just for your nails. It combines the power of tea tree, coriander, palmarosa and lavender essential oils.
Add these three steps to your natural manicure to winterize your hands and show your skin a little TLC this winter. It’s easy to add essential oils to a simple scrub, a nail soak and cuticle oil for even more benefits.
1. Lavender Baking Soda Soak
Start with a mild soak to calm dry, itchy skin and replenish moisture. Baking soda helps soften flakes and soothe irritated winter skin, while glycerin locks in moisture and shields skin from the elements. Add a few drops of Aura Cacia lavender essential oil to further soothe chapped skin.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon glycerin or oil
- 5 drops Aura Cacia Lavender or Nurture Essential Oil Blend
Mix everything together in a bowl and allow your hands to soak for 15 minutes.
2. Lemon Sugar Scrub
Follow up with a gentle sugar scrub to remove dead skin cells and help restore your hands to their naturally soft, radiant state.
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Skin Care Oil
- Zest of lemon + 1 tablespoon juice
Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a lidded jar. Gently massage a quarter-size amount of scrub in circular motions to slough away dry skin. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry, and moisturize with a little extra almond oil if necessary. You can save the remaining scrub for up to a week in the refrigerator.
3. Nurturing Cuticle Oil
Finally, don’t forget to show your nails a little love. Aura Cacia has just released new DIY blends that take the guesswork out of blending your own essential oils for recipes. The Nurture Essential Oil Blend is perfect for creating a hydrating cuticle oil to replenish moisture and keep hangnails at bay.
- 1 teaspoon Aura Cacia Jojoba Skin Care Oil
- 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil
- 4 drops Aura Cacia Nurture Essential Oil Blend
- .31 ounces Aura Cacia Amber Roll-On Bottle with Writable Label
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Pour into a roll-on bottle and gently massage into nails and cuticles once per day.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.135