When you come home from the outside, or in my case from the questionable sand-pit at the park – you really want to scrub and disinfect your hands clean, but hand sanitizers can really dry out your skin…
Many antibacterial soaps are loaded with harsh chemicals, that can not only irratate our skin, but cause environmental damage. Look out for a common ingredient triclosan, which can contaminate streams and has even been linked to increased occurrences of antibiotic resistance…
Here’s a recipe to make a moisturizing scrub which will safely clean away dirt and bacteria and leave your hands feeling lovely and soft! It’s gentle enough to use every day!
Anti-Bacterial Hand Scrub
- 1 cup fine sea salt sea salt is best – it is high in minerals which are beneficial to our skin’s health
- Pour sweet almond oil until it forms a thick consistency – it should look like a granita or snow-cone
- 20 drops lavender essential oil (relaxing) or lemongrass essential oil (invigorating) – both have a lovely scent and are anti-germicidal
- 10 drops tea tree oil – a powerful disinfectant – it is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal!
- Simply scoop out a bit, rub your hands, rinse and pat dry.
- Your skin will be clean, sanitized and feel amazing!
Where to buy your ingredients (Singapore):
You will need to stock up your natural beauty pantry with a few ingredients, but once you buy them you can then use them for a multitude of recipes for body and home.
- Sea Salt – most supermarkets. If you can only find large grains, you can always whizz it up in the blender for few seconds.
- Sweet almond oil and essential oils – The Skin Pharmacy, Lemongrass House, Naturaworks – or check around some of your favorite natural food shops (make sure that the sweet almond oil is cold-pressed)
- Jars – for any product that you make with essential oils, you’ll need to store it in a dark colored container as oils are light sensitive. Check out Massage Supplies Warehouse or re-use a bottle from home. (I’ll use mine up pretty quickly, so I’m not worried – but if you want it to keep – it’s best dark.)
Make it yourself and make it green!