Our hands are our most faithful friends. Day in and out, they help us achieve many things in our daily lives. If you are one of those who continually have to juggle between tough household chores and demanding work routines, you should consider a little extra care for your hands and body. Or, you may have a skin super sensitive to changes in weather and other external influences.
In either case, you might be wondering how I can pamper myself without introducing a whole lot of toxins into my skin, that too, without breaking my wallet? DIY is the way to go. It is simple, reliable, and you can tweak the recipe to suit your needs.
Today we share the recipe for coconut oil hand cream. All you need to follow this recipe is a little patience, some readily available ingredients, some simple tools; and a few hours worth of patience to see the final product.
It is one of those recipes you wished you started your DIY journey with. And if you love to share handmade gifts with your loved ones, this could be an excellent investment.
As for the tweaking part, it is best to stick with the beeswax and olive oil proportions. They are responsible for the consistency of your cream, and any changes can massively change that. Before you start wondering what you MAY tweak, let’s delve into the ingredients and share some insights about what they do to your skin.
The oft used ingredient in homemade beauty products, coconut oil has incredible moisturizing and healing powers. It can fight off viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Being a weak sunscreen, it can partially protect your skin from the solar rays.
Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory properties as well, which means it can keep your skin hydrated & supple, and protect it against environmental harms at the same time. But here is the catch, it is greasy on its own, which means it can clog your pores. However, coconut oil makes for a great moisturizer when combined with some other ingredients to balance the grease but still retain the benefits.
Mango butter comes with the benefits of quality butter, does not have the extra baggage of greasiness, and has a very mild odor. What else could you ask for? It is rich in vitamins, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. These nutrients nourish your skin, and the antioxidants help against developing signs of aging, such as sagging skin. The light texture of mango butter absorbs quickly and does not clog pores, making it suitable for all skin types.
A favorite kitchen staple for the healthy eaters, olive oil, has several health benefits. It has multiple vitamins like A, C, D, K, and E, which prevent signs of early aging, damage, and inflammation. Further, it is a nourishing ingredient with the capability to keep certain cancer types at bay. As being slight comedogenic, it may not suit skin on it’s own. Those with sensitive or acne-prone skin should not use it.
An essential constituent of many commercial and homemade beauty products, beeswax gives our product structure and keeps its consistency intact. In addition, it helps keep the skin moist and exfoliates the dead skin. It is also more effective in treating certain skin conditions compared to synthetic components.
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Coconut Essential Oil
How To Make 🥣
Use a double boiler or a bowl above a pot with an inch of water, on medium heat, to melt all ingredients except the essential oil.
Remove from heat and add the essential oil(s).
Let the mixture cool and settle down (may take anywhere between 4 hours to overnight).
Once it solidifies, use a hand/stand mixer to blend it until fluffy.
The cream is ready for use, transfer to a clean jar/container for storage.
How To Use ❓
Wash your hands properly before applying the cream. Applying overnight will bring soft and shiny hands.
Use the beeswax pallets for easy handling, as it is difficult to handle the big chunks, especially if you are new to it.
If you don’t get the right consistency after whipping, try refrigerating the mixture for 15 minutes before beating it again.
Store the cream at temperatures below 80 degrees. Otherwise, the cream will need another whip for the right consistency before use.
In case, you wish to use it as a balm instead of a cream, there’s no need to whip it.
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