I have already washed my hands 65946392758 today and it’s not even evening yet. So, it’s little wonder that my hands are super-dry and feel like sandpaper. On days when I have to do grocery shopping or a pharmacy run, all the additional washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers also make them red and itchy AF.
Anyone else feeling the same way right now?
Thankfully, one of my hobbies that I’ve been indulging in quite a bit during the lockdown, is reading and trying out old beauty recipes – whether from cult tomes like the Vogue Body & Beauty Book, or my own family archives, which stretch from India to the Arctic Zone (not kidding!).
Last week, I found an old notebook belonging to my grandaunt, who migrated to Astrakhan (all the way over in Russia) during the 1950s.
And aunt Isla would know all about chapped hands – in Russia, winter temperatures can easily plunge to -30°C (-22°F), while Astrakhan is one of the driest cities in Europe. I am talking serious Arctic-level chills, which lay to waste all but the most powerful moisturizing agents known to humankind. So, if this nourishing DIY hand treatment worked out there, it was worth giving it a trial run. Right?
Right. I have made two batches since last week and they have done wonders for my dry and chapped hands. The redness and itchiness is all gone, and my husband doesn’t protest at the sandpaper texture when I try to hold his hands.
Or press them around his neck, because all this social isolation means we can get on each other’s nerves quite a bit (tell me that we are not the only ones?). I mean, he may shriek with the pain of strangulation but at least he doesn’t complain about my hands. I call that progress!You will need
4 teaspoons sugar
1 raw egg yolk (I use the white to make my breakfast – #nowasteliving)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons full fat cream
1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until everything has blended well
2. Slather your hand with the mixture, massaging it in as you go
3. Put on kitchen gloves (or plain cling film)
4. After 15 minutes, remove the gloves and rinse your hands with warm water; avoid using soap for at least an hour, unless the smell of egg yolks is too pervasive
Any DIY beauty recipes you are trying out right now, while we are all under lockdown? Would love to hear.