I cannot overemphasize the importance of exfoliation. I think there are more technical issues about sloughing off dead skin cells etc., but what I focus on is that it makes my skin feel better. I really notice it on my hands the most, and I have tried to teach Tanpo about the virtues of exfoliating and moisturizing the hands, but I don’t think it has taken root. Sigh. It goes both ways, see. He makes me do stuff and I (try) to make him do stuff.
So I keep bottles of hand scrub from Lt Cmmdr. R next to my bathroom sink upstairs and downstairs and in a pinch I have been known to rub apricot facial scrub on my hands and feet, but no more. I saw a “recipe” for a hand scrub at onegoodthingbyjillee.com and tried it and it really is so simple! It feels great, too.
The original calls for dishwashing liquid, which is good since you probably already have this in your house. Jill used a pretty pink Dawn, but we use the classic green Palmolive (look Madge, I soaked…). I ended up using some citrus body wash (Kirkland/Costco, moisturizing), and the result was lovely, so this would be a great way to use up any soap/body wash you’ve got languishing in the cabinet or on your countertop. I’ve got it pictured in a jar, but that’s only because I couldn’t find an extra pump bottle to store mine in. I think a pump would be most convenient for this sort of thing. When I find one I’ll transfer my sugar scrub and keep it next to the kitchen sink.
Here are the instructions: Gardener’s Hand Scrub from onegoodthingbyjillee.com
Here’s another amazingly simple and pretty project: