How to Do a Moisture Soak for Your Hands
I'm super OCD about keeping my hands clean, and so I constantly wash them throughout the day. As a consequence, my skin often ends up very dry, sometimes to the point of discomfort. I apply plenty of lotion, but it's not always enough. If you have dry skin, you know what I mean! Today I'll share my homemade hand soak remedy for extra dry skin! This recipe will both moisturize and nourish your skin to leave it feeling hydrated and silky-smooth.
- 3 to 4 green tea bags
- 1/4 cup rice milk
- 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups hot water
Green Tea for Skincare
Green tea has several properties that make it a great base for a skin soak. It contains L-theanine, which has a calming and soothing effect on the skin, and epigallocatechin gallate, which helps to protect the skin from UV radiation. It also has anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties, and is sometimes used as an effective remedy for acne and rashes.1 Many popular moisturizing lotions contain green tea as an ingredient.
Rice for Skincare
Rice has soothing and conditioning effects on the skin.2 It is used in many lotions, hair conditioners, creams, and powdered cosmetics. It can also be used as a gentle cleanser for tender skin. Rice is a good skincare substitute for milk in treatments for oily or acne-prone skin, and for people who are lactose intolerant.
Vegetable Glycerin for Skincare
Vegetable glycerin has a variety of household and cosmetic uses. It often appears in soaps, creams, and haircare products due to its moisturizing and humectant qualities. Vegetable glycerin both hydrates and locks in moisture,3 making it ideal for soothing and protecting dry hands.
Olive Oil for Skincare
Olive oil is a very powerful moisturizer that can cleanse pores, smooths skin, and dissolve excess skin oils.3 It has been used for thousands of years. In fact, the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egyptians used olive oil in many of their skincare and haircare treatments.4 It will leave your hands feeling moist, soft, and conditioned.
- In a large mixing bowl, steep 2-3 green tea bags in 3 cups of boiling water. After about two minutes, strain the tea bags and toss them in the compost.
- Pour in 1/4 cup of rice milk.
- Measure in 1 tsp of vegetable glycerin and stir the mixture gently.
- With a cooking thermometer, measure the water's temperature before touching. I like mine around 105 °F, but you may like it a little hotter or cooler. The maximum safe temperature for touching is 110°F, so be sure the water is at or below that temperature before soaking your hands.
- Once the water has reached a safe temperature, stir in olive oil and soak your hands for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove your hands after a few minutes and rub them together vigorously as though you were washing them or rubbing in lotion.
- Dry your hands with a paper towel or old washcloth. Be aware that the remaining beads of oil on your skin may stain the washcloth, so don't use brand new or decorative cloths.
- Enjoy your moist, soft skin as-is or rub your hands down with your favorite lotion!
- Gabriel, Julie. The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications Inc. 2008.
- Winter, Ruth. A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, 7th Edition. New York: Three Rivers Press. 2009.
- Ferguson, Svetlana. Eastern European Beauty Secrets and Skin Care Techniques. Pittsburgh: RoseDog Books. 2011.
- Scott, Jess C. Clear: A Guide to Treating Acne Naturally. Maine: jessINK Publishing. 2012.