Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and it’s seriously got its work cut out for it. Skin protects our bodies from infections and prevents us from getting sick. According to KidsHealth.org, it also “keeps your insides from falling out,” which is definitely an added bonus.
Our hands do a lot of things for us, like cook, shake hands, tend a garden patch, craft, hold babies or pets or cell phones, or scratch that terribly itchy itch. Why not show them some love? This hand scrub exfoliates, moisturizes, and leaves your hands smelling great!
Honey Citrus Hand Scrub (Adapted from Lovesome Blog)
- 1 tsp honey
- 1-2 tbs olive oil
- 1-2 tbs fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp grapefruit zest
- Place the sugar in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine honey, olive oil, and grapefruit juice. When mixed, add these ingredients to sugar.
- Add in the grapefruit zest, and stir until fully incorporated.
- If the scrub is too dry, add 1/2 tsp of olive oil at a time. If it is too wet, add 1/4 cup of sugar.
Here’s a bit more information on each of the ingredients:
Honey is great for a few reasons. While it’s known to moisturize skin, it also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties! It works well for any skin type, and is sure to leave your skin feeling terrific.
Olive oil is an important ingredient here. Maybe this is my Italian talking, but olive oil is great for skin, hair, nails, and diet. It helps lock in moisture, and is high in vitamins A and E. Olive oil can also protect sensitive skin from sun damage.
Adding grapefruit to your diet (and hand scrub!) will help your body both inside and out. It helps flush toxins from your body and skin cells, leading to healthier skin. Grapefruit juice has vitamins and minerals that can help even skin tone and gently cleanse the skin.
Sugar acts as the exfoliator in this recipe, and it certainly does its job. The nice part is that it can be found in most pantries and is relatively inexpensive.
The above picture is from a few days after I made my scrub. It crystallized nicely from the honey, and has a coarse texture. Happy crafting!