Often times we tend to fail to give proper care to our hands and feet even after overworking them.
Harsh weather such as cold, heat and dry weather could sometimes be unfriendly and take a toll on your body and skin.
But there are simple homemade remedies which can ensure that your hands and feet remain soft, smooth and beautiful all the time.
We often overwork our feet without paying attention to them. To keep feet healthy, strong and beautiful try pampering them once a week with the following recipes:
1. MILK AND WATER SOAK
- 7 cups of water
- 2 cups of milk
- ½ cup of sugar
Mix water and milk and heat a little. Then soak feet in it for at least 10min. Rinse and dry. Then mix sugar with 2 tablespoons of your body lotion and massage mixture into feet to exfoliate. Rinse with water, dry and apply lotion.
- 1/4 cup of baking powder
- 3 tablespoons of vinegar
- Warm water
Mix baking soda and vinegar in a large bowl and place feet in the bowl, then add enough warm water to cover feet. Soak for 15min, remove and pat dry. This helps keep feet smelling fresh if done regularly.
3. BLACK TEA SCRUB
- 2 teabags of black tea
- 3 cups of boiling water
- 5 cups of cold water
Leave the teabags in the boiling water for 15min then add in the cold water and soak feet for 10min. Good for smelly and sweaty feet.
4. LEMON SOAK
- a large bowl of warm water
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- ¼ cup of Vaseline
Soak feet in warm water for ten minutes. While soaking combine lemon juice and Vaseline. Remove feet from water and pat dry. Rub Vaseline mix into feet concentrating on heels and callused areas then slip on a pair of socks to keep moisture in for at least 30min. Safe to do daily to heal cracked and dry skin.
You make use of your hands daily for working cleaning and so on. To ensure you have healthy presentable hands here are some simple home remedies:
1. SEA SALT AND LEMON SCRUB
Make a solution of sea salt and lemon. Brush into hands with an old tooth brush. Do this twice a week to soften and remove discoloration.
2. CORNMEAL SCRUB
- ¼ cup of cornmeal
- 4 tablespoons of milk
- 1 drop of almond extract or oil
Mix cornmeal in a saucepan with milk over low flame. Mix until a paste forms , remove from heat and add almond extract. Cool and spread paste over hands for 15min then rinse with warm water. Softens and smoothes rough hands.
3. FRUIT EXFOLIATING SCRUB
- ½ cup of orange juice
- ½ cup of honey
- ½ teaspoon of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat then allow to cool. Pour into a bowl and add white sugar then immediately scrub into hands. Rinse with warm water.
4. COFFEE SCRUB
An easy way to soften hands is to take used coffee grounds and scrub into hands. Massage for 5min making sure to get in between fingers then rinse with warm water. Do this daily to soften calluses.
Rub Vaseline over hands generously then put on a pair of cotton gloves to go to sleep. In the morning wash hands with a gentle cleanser. For softer hands do this a few times a week.
6. WARM MILK AND ESSENTIAL OIL SOAK
- ½ cup of warm milk
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of plain yoghourt
- Few drops of lavender essential oil
Combine all the ingredients and soak hands /fingers in the mixture for 5min. Then do a scrub.