DIY Healing Hand Salve

Now that we are washing our hands with warm water and soap more often, most people I talk to are suffering from dry and sore hands.

This gorgeous healing hand salve is the first DIY beauty product I ever made. It’s really simple, lasts forever and works wonders on dry hands.

When you use soap to wash your hands it does a great job of removing bacteria and viruses (see ya later, Covid-19!!) but in order to do that it removes your protective thing oily layer on the outside of your skin called sebum.

This sebum layer helps to keep your hands nice and naturally moisturised. When you’ve been washing them with soap, a lot, they dry out pretty quickly.

Surfactants that are in soaps chomp up your sebum for breakfast and wash that protective layer down the sink along with everything else…

So, you need to use a lovely, gorgeous, naturally moisturising hand salve to keep your skin nourished and protected during this time when we need to keep washing our hands this often.

What ingredients make up the healing hand salve?

Shea butter

Shea Butter is naturally rich in vitamins and fatty acids which makes shea incredibly nourishing and moisturising. It is often used to help heal dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.

Beeswax

Beeswax in hand balms acts as a protective, breathable layer on the skin’s surface. It helps to lock in moisture for soft, supple and hydrated skin.

Beeswax is also something amazing called a ‘humectant’. It basically means it attracts water. When you put it on, you attract water molecules, helping to keep skin hydrated using the moisture in the air!

Cool, right?!

Sweet Almond Oil

I love using Sweet Almond Oil in virtually all of my DIY beauty products. Here are some of the reasons why.

It’s rich in vitamins E, K, B and Omega 6. All of these help to This oil has been used for centuries to treat skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.

Essential Oils

Lavender essential oil helps with enhancing blood circulation and is also be used to soothe skin irritations, razor bumps, and sunburn. It’s also antibacterial which helps to calm any cuts and scrapes you may have.

Frankincense essential oil helps to strengthen skin and improve its tone, and elasticity. It’s also great for healing dry or cracked skin.

So now you know why this salve works so well, here’s the recipe so you can start making your own!

What you’ll need

  • Glass or metal bowl
  • Metal spoon
  • 50ml or larger glass / metal container
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Shea Butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp Beeswax
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
  • 5 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of Frankincense essential oil

Method

  1. Measure out the Shea butter and beeswax into a bowl placed over a pan of water and heat until melted.
  2. Measure in the sweet almond oil and mid to combine.
  3. Leave to cool slightly then add in the essential oils and stir to evenly distribute .
  4. Pour the mixture into your clean container and leave to set for a few hours or overnight.
  5. Once the mixture has set you’re ready to use it!

This moisturising hand salve works wonders on dry skin. Use it after washing your hands to restore your skins natural oils.

This salve will keep for around a year if kept in a cool, dark place.

Let me know how you get on when you make this balm!

Emilie x

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