My hands are currently rough and dry. The falling humidity coupled with indoor heating has wreaked havoc on the delicate skin on the backs of my hands. Lotion – even the expensive kind – just isn’t cutting it. So, that means that this is the time of year that I pull out one of my easy homemade beauty remedies. Fortunately, there are so many possibilities for at-home treatments that will leave you glowing and won’t drain your bank account (also very important at this time of year). Here are a few of my favorite easy at-home beauty treatments that you can whip up for yourself or to give as a gift!
When I was a teen, a friend tipped me off that you could exfoliate your lips with just plain ol’ white sugar. While that works great, I found a recipe that takes that up a notch. Even better, you can make it from ingredients you probably have on hand:
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp white sugar
- ½ tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp honey
Mix it all together. Apply it to your lips and massage it in for about 20 seconds. Wipe it off and you’re done! Super soft lips!
Peppermint sugar body scrub
This is the remedy I was talking about at the beginning. My sister taught me to make it and I gave several batches away as Christmas gifts one year!
- 1 ½ – 2 cups sugar
- ½ coconut oil
- 1 T peppermint extract (or a few drops of peppermint essential oil if you have it)
- Optional: food coloring
First, melt the coconut oil in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Add the first 1 ½ cups of sugar to the oil along with the peppermint and mix. If the mixture is too wet, just add more sugar until you get your desired consistency. You can add drop or two of green food coloring if you like and put the mixture into a glass jar to store. For a festive twist, add a drop or two of red to one batch of the sugar/coconut oil mixture and leave another batch plain white. Finish by alternating layering each color in a jar.
To use, dampen your hands and take a small amount of the scrub mixture and scrub it in. Rinse and gently pat your hands dry. The coconut oil will keep your hands moisturized. A word to the wise – be certain that this mixture is TOTALLY rinsed out of your sink or tub. The sugar can attract ants and, in the case of a tub or shower, the coconut oil can make things slippery!
Oatmeal and honey face scrub
Here’s an easy face scrub that will soften your skin and is easy to make. I got it from this website.
- 1 T raw honey
- 2 T ground rolled oats
- ½ tsp apple cider vinegartTT
To start, grind the oats until they are almost a flour-like consistency. Then mix in the honey and ACV in with a fork. Wet your face and apply the mask using circular motions. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer.
There you have it! Three recipes that prove anyone can do an easy at-home beauty treatment. Ladies night in will never be the same!