KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Considering nail art + polish colors are all we talk about for the first 20 minutes that we see each other, you don’t want to be that girl who has an immaculate mani accompanied by dry, crusty hands. Here in California winter has come to an end (UH, BYE!) but no matter where you are or what season it is, take 5 minutes to make this scrub at home with stuff you probably already have. You wish I was kidding when I say IT’S THE BEST. I’m not just saying that because I’m doing this post. I’m saying it because I used to spend $30 on a scrub for hands and feet that didn’t feel or smell as good as this. Here’s how it’s made…

  1. Get 1/4 cup of coarse sugar. If you don’t have coarse sugar you can use brown sugar or salt but I find that the chunkier sugars make a huge difference and you can now find it at almost any store in the baking section.
  2. Half a lemon.
  3. 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil.
  4. I’m obsessed with adding Josie Maran’s “Balance”¬†Argan Oil because it smells like fresh cut roses but you can use olive oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e oil or anything you feel has great skin benefits. There are so many and all are great for different reasons.

Mix it all together in a small bowl until the coconut oil chunks have disappeared. Once it’s done it should be a creamy consistency. Scrub your hands with this for 2 minutes and rinse with luke-warm water (No soap!). Allow the remaining oils to stay on your hands and soak in. Pat your hands dry with a towel.

If you have any left over (which I never have because I always do my hands and feet), you can put plastic-wrap over it and save it in the fridge for a couple days.

BOOM! You’re welcome. Can we PLEASE discuss how crazy soft your hands feel once you’ve done this!?

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