Natural Hand Care and Moisturizers

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In the past I've sung the praises of olive oil as a moisturizer. It's versatile, easy to obtain, inexpensive, completely vegan and cruelty free – and it works. But for those gals who miss their little spa excursions and who have a conscience, finding vegan, cruelty free organic hand care and moisturizing products can be challenging. Here are some tips on other moisturizers you can use.


Keep Hands Covered

Before we even talk about moisturizing your hands, consider keeping them covered while doing house work, gardening, cleaning and other tasks. Wear cotton or natural fiber gloves to keep hands clean. Wash with a gentle, mild soap and use a scrub brush to get the dirt out, and moisturize after washing hands.

The old beauty trick of slathering on a thick hand moisturizer and wearing cotton gloves or socks over your hands while you sleep is actually a good one, keeping the oils off your pillow (and face, where they can generate acne) and helping the moisture sink in. Another great trick is to warm the oil gently by placing a tube or container of your moisturizing oil inside a cup that's filled with hot water. Use the warmed oil for better skin penetration.


All Natural Products to Use

For great at-home moisturizers, try any of the following. You can add a few drops of essential oil of rose, lavender or the fragrance of your choice to add scent, or leave them plain. In addition to olive oil, try….

•    Hemp Oil: Many people with rough, dry or cracked skin find relief from hemp oil or commercially made moisturizers that contain hemp oil. Rub a drop into the skin after washing hands and before bedtime.

•    Almond Oil: Almost oil has a light, sweet natural fragrance that many find appealing. Use it on its own or as a carrier oil for aromatherapy fragrances. You can also use almond oil as a massage oil.

•    Aloe Vera: It's not just for burns! Use aloe vera gel to sooth chapped skin and hands.

•    Vitamin E: Vitamin E oils nourish the skin from the outside. You can also use vitamin E oil to reduce scarring when you have a deep cut that could be prone to scar tissue.


Herbs to Add

Some herbs have soothing and antimicrobial properties. You can purchase dried herbs and add them to some of your homemade creams, or add drops of herbal extracts to the carrier oils listed above.  These include:

•    Calendula: Calendula petals are orange-yellow and are noted for skin soothing qualities.

•    Rosemary: The pungent scent of rosemary heralds its antiseptic properties.

•    Lavender: Antiseptic, antimicrobial and it smells great!

•    Sage: This culinary herb also doubles as an antiseptic and astringent herb. A little bit goes a long way, but it adds a fresh, clean scent and some antiseptic qualities to lotions too.


What if you don't want to fuss making your own beauty treatments? Use the information here as a guide to finding all natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free moisturizers. There are many brands available at health food stores nationwide and some are even in conventional pharmacies in the beauty aisle. Read the ingredients carefully, look for the cruelty-free symbol to avoid products tested on animals (a bunny in a circle with a line through it) and ask vegan friends for their recommendations. You might be surprised by what you find!


    
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These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.


Written by:  Jeanne Grunert
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