Have you been running around like crazy this holiday period? Or perhaps you've been enjoying warm sunny days down at the beach with the kids, digging sandcastles, lathering on sunscreen and generally destroying your pre-Christmas manicure? Well we have the perfect little treat for your hands and it's also a great way to get yourself some well-deserved 'me' time.
So find yourself a spot on the couch or in the sun on the deck - all you need is 15 minutes.
What you'll need:
For this piece of magic, we chose to use the following delicious products:
1. Fill a shallow bowl with warm water and place it over a dry face cloth.
2. Pump a little all-natural hand soap (we used the Shore Soap Co Mermaid Kisses Liquid Soap) into the bowl and soak your hands for 5-10 minutes. Whilst you're sitting there, focus on your breathing. Try counting to four with each breath in, and then count '5' and '6' on the exhalation out. You will start to feel your muscles relax and your hands go limp resting in the warm water.
3. When you're ready, lift your hands out of the water, move the bowl to one side and gently wipe your hands with the dry face cloth.
4. Using an exfoliation scrub (we used the Salus Body Eucalyptus and Rosemary Purifying Body Scrub) gently massage your forearms and hands.
5. Place your hands back in the warm water and rinse off the body scrub. Use the face cloth to dry your arms and hands.
6. Next, give your cuticles some love by gently massaging each nail with a repairing balm (like our Badger Cuticle Care balm).
7. Then, using a rich hand cream (like our Grown Alchemist Vanilla and Orange Peel Hand Cream), massage your forearms down towards your palms, working in slow circular motions with your thumbs pushing the blood flow up into the tips of your fingers for a gentle toxin release.
8. To finish, place both arms either side of your legs, rest your head back, and enjoy a few more minutes of peace, breathing deeply and savouring the feeling of your freshly washed and soothed hands.
Are your hands in need of a treat at this time of year? Do you have any other relaxation tips to enjoy this summer?