Last week I wrote about how we forget to take care of our lips, but we also forget about our hands! While they have such a hard time in the winter time. My skin started itching again and they looked irritated. So extra reason to write a post about hand care! It’s important to take care of your hands regularly, not just when it’s actually too late. Personally, I like to apply it after I have painted my nails or before I go to bed. But of course you can also do it with your morning routine, whatever you like. Not only is it extra important to grease your hands in the fall and winter, but also in the more sunny months! After all, the sun also dries out the skin. In this post you will read all about how to take care of your hands, how to make a homemade scrub and my top 3 of the best hand creams.
Ok, we’ll start right off with the most obvious: a good hand cream. There are so many hand creams on the market, that sometimes you don’t know which one to buy anymore. I have put together three different hand creams that all have their own qualities.
- At number one is the “second” hand cream from the brand Kneipp. This hand cream absorbs quickly and is intensively nourishing for the skin. The hand cream contains jojoba oil, avocado butter and lemon verbena. And the name says it all, second hand cream. The cream absorbs quickly, which I really like. This allows you to rub your hands in between, without walking around with sticky hands. In addition, the hand cream contains natural ingredients, and they contain no preservatives, no kerosene, silicone and mineral oils. And best of all: the smell. It’s the nicest smelling hand cream I’ve ever had, lemon verbena. Hands feel soft and moisturized after use, without making your skin feel oily. The price of this hand cream is about €7.00 for 75ml.
- My second favorite hand cream is from the brand Zarqa. It is a hand cream for sensitive skin and helps with dry and rough hands. The cream is intensively moisturizing, softens and protects and has a restorative effect. This hand cream feels a little greasier after use, and is therefore suitable to be applied before bedtime. This cream is also very suitable if the skin of your hands is damaged. For an even more intensive effect, you can put on cotton gloves at night after you have rubbed your hands. This will keep your hands moisturized all night long. The hand cream contains no perfume and is dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic. The price of this hand cream is about €7.00 for 75ml.
- My third favorite hand cream is from the brand Treaclemoon. This hand cream smells like marshmallows and is super moisturizing. The cream contains apricot oil and Vitamin E. Vitamin E protects your skin from free radicals and supports the barrier function of your skin. It also helps to protect your healthy body cells. The cream, like the cream of the brand Kneipp, absorbs quickly. The small size makes it easy to carry in your handbag. The price of this hand cream is about €2.99 for 75 ml.
In addition to using hand cream, it is also important to exfoliate your hands regularly. In this way, you remove the dead skin and your skin will be restored faster. Of course, you can buy a hand scrubs in a store, but it is much more fun to make your own! There are of course endless combinations, but I have a recipe for a amazing hand scrub! What ingredients do you need?
- 240 grams organic brown sugar (are thicker than regular sugar)
- 60 ml coconut oil
- 30 ml castor oil
- 30 ml almond oil
- 15 drops essential oil citrus
- Weckpot to keep it in
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and put it in a weckpot. Of course, you can choose a different essential oil, or other types of oils.
In your hands are reflex zones that are connected to certain organs and body parts. By massaging these reflex zones, energy is released in your body which can influence your health in a positive way. Below I give a brief summary of where which organs can be found on the hand:
- Thumb and fingers: the head
- Next to the mouse of the thumb: the small and large intestines
- On the mouse of the thumb: the kidney, adrenal gland, ureters, bladder
- The “ball” of the hand: lungs and heart, shoulders and muscles
- Under the ball of the hand: stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas
- The side of the hand: the spine
- Back of the hand: the chest and abdomen
- The wrist: the hip area with everything in it.
If you’re going to give yourself a massage, it’s nicer to use a massage oil instead of a hand cream.
How to massage your own hands
Let your arms hang down next to your body, and rotate your wrists a few times in both directions. Then massage the thumb and palm of the right hand by making powerful circular movements with your left hand. After that, do it with your other hand as well. After that, massage the fingers one by one using vigorous circular motions from the bottom to the top. Then turn your hand up and with the thumb of your left hand, massage the back of your right hand from the knuckles to the wrist. As a final step, massage all the fingers with a squeeze and release motion. Do this with the other hand as well.
The massages I have given the most are hand massages. You see that after the first few seconds someone is already completely relaxed and calm. The hand massage is great because you can do it yourself. If you do all these steps regularly, your hands will be incredibly happy with you. Cared for and nice and relaxed, what else do we want?