A few years ago I noticed my hands getting a little bit cracked and battered, I have very sensitive and soft skin and it was starting to split around the finger tips from all the bottling and pouring I do at work. I had experienced this on and off before, but this time I was a little more conscious that it was showing me I hadn’t been taking care of them. I had stopped using moisturisers on my hands years earlier, as it is an area I’m prone to getting eczema on, and many contain perfume, alcohol and other potential irritants. But, now they were shouting out for some nourishment, so I made up some simple moisturising creams and ensured there was one in my bathroom, and one at work, so each time I washed my hands throughout the day I gave my hands a little love. I was absolutely amazed that within 2 days, my hands had literally transformed, completely soft and smooth again. Such a simple addition to my daily routine and of course the action of massaging a lovely cream with essential oils in was another nurturing moment in my day. It was only a short moment after a trip to the bathroom or washing up so it certainly wasn’t taking up a lot of time in my day, but the difference made a huge impact on my day and the way I look after my hands, especially the way I do things with my hands, like unscrew caps, and shut doors, I generally just want to be more careful and gentle with them.
Here are a few blends that I particularly like for the hands; I have specified the number of drops for adding to 100ml container of cream, if you have very sensitive skin then half the amount of drops.
Protective and soothing blend, so great for sensitive skins.
Benzoin 10 drops, mandarin 20 drops and roman chamomile* 6 drops – * avoid with allergies to the daisy family.
Deeply nourishing blend, so perfect for very dry, cracked hands in need of some serious care.
Myrrh 16 drops, palmarosa 10 drops and rose 8 drops
Cleansing and anti-microbial blend, great for really mucky hands.
Lemon 10 drops, lavender 20 drops and rosemary 5 drops
For various sized pots of cream you can refer to the following blog post link to see how many drops you should use: Blending Instructions
Shea butter – for extremely dry cracked hands or hands that are constantly under pressure, you could try using just shea butter. It’s quite thick, so will need warming to soften and spread over the skin, but it has a very nourishing and protective quality. I recommend it to clients that are working consistently with their hands for protection, for example gardeners.
Make your own balm to support and care of your hands, click here for balm recipes.
Make your own natural hand cream using my recipe in the following blog post from my Cream Making Workshop:
I love playing around with different creams and flavours but even choosing a cream you fancy from the supermarket will make all the difference to your lovely, well used, hands and fingers.
Top tips for taking care of your hands:
ALWAYS use washing up gloves when washing up, even if it’s just one cup or spoon, as putting your hands in and out of water especially with washing up liquid in can dry them out! My favourites are from the brand Bizzybee and the ‘luxury household’ type feel absolutely gorgeous inside, it is a real treat putting my hands in them.
ALWAYS use gardening gloves when gardening.
ALWAYS be delicate, tender & gentle with your hands.
For more support read a beautiful article that helps us recognise what gentleness feels like in our body and asks Why is Gentleness Important?