During the cold days, our hands have to endure quite a few strenuous circumstances: low temperatures, icy wind, and dry air from the heater when we stay inside. So lotion is absolutely necessary.
But what if I told you that could kill two birds with one stone and also warm your hands while nurturing them? The recipe I am showing you today is for a DIY hand-warming lotion for cold hands. It moisturizes your skin and warms you up!
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Ingredients for the hand warming lotion
The recipe for this warming hand cream is definitely made for the colder time of year. First of all, it contains ginger, which increases blood flow. This will help with cold hands or feet and give you that warming effect. Also, there is a little bit of cinnamon in it, to give it that Christmassy touch.
You will need:
- 1 tablespoon of grated ginger (or get some ground ginger here*)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 100 ml (or 3.4 oz) of oil
- 10 g (or 3.6 oz) of beeswax (get some here*)
Which oil should I pick for my hand warming lotion?
You might have noticed that I didn’t specify the type of oil in the ingredients list. For winter creams I like to use nutty oils like macadamia* or argan oil* because they are rich but don’t leave too much of an oily film.
If you don’t mind some greasiness, you could even use olive oil. But any moisturizing oil should be fine here.
How to make the DIY hand warming lotion for cold hands
This warming lotion recipe is super easy to make. Your “active time” spent preparing it will about 5 minutes. Nevertheless, it does include a little bit of waiting time, so make sure you can dedicate the time (or patience) to it.
First, you want to slowly heat up your oil and add the ginger and cinnamon. This should stay on low heat for about 30 minutes. As you don’t need to keep stirring, you can use this time for something else.
After the waiting time, filter the oil through a strainer into another pot. (This will need to get warmed up again in a second.)
Once you have done this, you can start adding the beeswax little by little and slowly heat it up until it melts. However, make sure to not cook it.
Storage & Storage life
The warming hand cream should be good for two to three months. As with all homemade beauty recipes, make sure to use clean equipment for preparing the recipe. And be aware that adding water at any point will drastically reduce the storage life.
The “hand warmer cream” can be stored at room temperature.
I hope this DIY warming hand lotion helps you to keep warm hands in winter. Let me know if you try it!
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