You can easily have natural spa quality treatments at home for your hands and feet. The same natural spa treatments can be used for both the hands and the feet.
You can make your hands and feet smooth and soft. You can use ingredients that you probably already have in the cupboard and the fridge. There are three main steps in a natural home spa for the hands and feet.
The three main steps are soaking, exfoliating and then moisturizing. The skin is softened and hydrated by soaking in a liquid. Next, an exfoliate is used to remove any dry or flaky skin. Wipe away any residue left from using the exfoliate. Rinse if necessary. Apply a skin lotion or skin butter after wiping away the residue leftover from using the exfoliate. An optional step would be a nutritional skin mask, which would occur after the acid or scrub exfoliation and before the moisturizing step. Do not attempt a spa treatment on broken or sensitive skin as it could cause further irritation.
A bowl is suitable for soaking the hands. A small tub can be used for soaking the feet. Use water that is hot enough to stay warm for up to ten minutes. Do not use uncomfortably hot water in either your hand or footbath. You can add a cup of strongly brewed peppermint tea or rosehip tea to the water for an herbal soak. Your can also try bath salts, (especially in the summer time or if yuo have tired, swollen feet), as they are extremelly refresing and alliviate any congestion and water retention. A few tablespoons of liquid milk or dry milk can also be added to the water for a milk bath. The peppermint is revitalizing as a footbath. The addition of the salts or milk will soften the skin and dicongestive. The milk will act as a mild exfoliate.
You can use either a scrub or acid exfoliate to remove dry and rough skin. A scrub type of exfoliate can be made by mixing a tablespoon of vegetable oil with whatever scrub type ingredient you have available. You can use white sugar, brown sugar, fine sea salt, corn meal, ground coffee or ground oats as the scrub ingredient. For the hands, you only need about a teaspoon of the oil base and the scrub ingredient. Gently massage the scrub mixture onto the skin in circular motions. A scrub can scratch and irritate the skin so be careful. To avoid this, you can try an special scrub enriched with oil, as our Emuline ® Facial Exfoliating Gel. Even though it was conceived for facial care, it is on of the few organic scrbs gentle enough to be used in dry, chapped or sensitive skin
If you would rather use an acid based exfoliate, mash and apply mildly acidic food ingredients to the skin. Suitable fruits include the papaya, mango, apple, pineapple, banana and strawberry. Leave the food ingredient on the skin for one minute before gently massaging the skin for another minute. If you feel any tingling, use a warm rinse to remove. The tingling means that the fruit acids have made their way down to the fresh skin. You can add any of the scrub ingredients to the mashed fruit to enhance the exfoliating action.
An optional treatment after using an exfoliate is to give the skin a nutritious mask with an oil rich food ingredient such as squash, oarmeal and avocado, or an organic essential oil like rosehip and emu oils. If you are using food, mash them and apply to the skin. Leave on the skin for five minutes. You can also use cooled cooked oatmeal as a skin mask. The squash or avocado will soften and provide nutrients directly to the skin. The oatmeal will soothe and protect skin. Carefully wipe away any residue left from this treatment. If you are using organic cosmetic oils, add a few drops to the palms of yoru hand and rub vigourously into the skin. If necessary, use water and a soft cloth to wipe away the residue.
Finish up by moisturizing the skin. Use a refreshing product, like an organic Aloe Vera hand or body cream. If your skin is severly dry, then it time to use a richer product, like and enriched rosehip oil cream or emu oil lotion.
It will take about half an hour to do your own home spa treatments for your hands and feet. It is simple to have a spa quality experience at home. Your hands and feet will feel great afterwards.