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16 DIY Hand Care Ideas: Homemade Hand Lotions, DIY Hand Salves, and Other Self Care Ideas

Don't miss these homemade hand lotions, DIY hand salves, and other excellent self care ideas!

By: Sheila Loosevelt, Editor, DIYIdeaCenter.com
Updated June 01, 2020
Hand Care 16 Homemade Hand Lotions DIY Hand Salves and Other Self Care Ideas

Washing your hands regularly is a good practice, but it can leave your hands cracked and dry and even trigger other sensitivities that come along with skin conditions like eczema. These homemade hand care ideas are perfect for anyone with dry, over-washed skin as well as for those who want to prevent their hands from becoming that way. This collection of 16 Homemade Hand Lotions, DIY Hand Salves, and Other Self Care Ideas is an all-encompassing combination of different DIY self-care that you can easily make and add into your daily or nightly routine.

Many of these DIY beauty products can be used on the rest of your body as well but are especially for the sensitive skin on your hands. We use our hands to do just about everything, so while you want to sanitize them with hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps, it is important to nourish them as well with a variety of salves, lotions, scrubs, and bar soaps. These projects are also just fun—something you might be trying to have more of—and can also be used as gifts or made with family.

Homemade Exfoliating Hand Scrubs

All of these homemade exfoliating hand scrubs are perfect products to implement into your handcare routine. Scrubs are great for exfoliation and can be used all over your body, not just on your hands. These scrubs use natural ingredients to create great products that you'll be glad you made! Anyone with dry or calloused hands can benefit greatly from using hand scrubs a few times a week, and you'll find that your hands are softer than ever before (especially in combination with some of the lotions later on in this list)!

DIY Hand Lotions

The perfect hand lotion is hard to find...so why not make your own? These lotions and lotion bars are natural and smell great, and still make your skin feel soft and nourished, without any stickiness. If you love DIY coconut oil recipes, making your own lotion is easy! Many homemade lotions utilize this oil as well as essential oils (which each have their own restorative properties as well). Whether you like scented lotion or not, there is something on this list for you!

Soapmaking Recipes

Right now is the perfect time to learn how to make your own soap, whether you want to turn it into a hobby or just try it once. Soapmaking is a highly customizable craft, allowing you to change up the essential oils and colors to fit exactly what you're looking for. These soaps are all simple recipes, but still produce incredible products (such as the terrazzo-style soap). Once you try out these soaps and see what you've been missing (and feel the change in your skin), feel free to try out more DIY soapmaking crafts!

Basic Salve Recipes

You use your hands to do almost everything, from crafting to gardening, building to sewing. This tends to make hands dry and abused, and in need of some deep skincare. Lucky for you, we have a list of salves and balms that are perfect for deep moisturization and repair. Whether you have eczema or simply want to take better care of your hands, there is a recipe here for you!

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