With Snowzilla-cold weather upon us, nurses have double the reason to need hand lotions and hand cream recipes. Last week, we shared a list of the best hand lotions for nurses’ dry hands that you can buy from stores.
However, if you’re snowbound or just the type to prefer DIY, here are the most popular homemade hand cream recipes we rounded up from Pinterest.
To read the actual recipe, click on the title or image to get to the Pinterest pin. Then, click on the pin again to get to the author’s website.
A word of caution. All of these hand cream recipes are awesome, however, they are best used at home or during your down time. We don’t recommend using them at work as they might compromise glove integrity.
This homemade peppermint salve was personalized by Melissa who had a son suffering from allergies. She tried out a recipe from Elizabeth Floss and got great reviews from friends and family.
This recipe that’s featured has already been tweaked by Melissa. The awesome part about homemade stuff is how you can adjust them to your favorite scents.
If you love the subtle scent of coconut and essential oils, you have to try out these homemade lotion bars by My Frugal Adventures. The scents are yummy and the lotion bars are very moisturizing. The recipe has been created for people who wash their hands too much – just like Nurses!
Whip up some of this delicious shea butter and your tired, chapped hands will love you. This recipe is perfect for these extremely cold winter days.
Aliesha gives some excellent pro-tips in using this cream in her blog Feathers in our Nest. She says to use this on your hands and feet before bedtime. Use cotton gloves for maximum effect. You’re sure to wake up with soft hands!
This mommy blogger of About Learning to Live It had a son with a bad case of eczema. Son couldn’t use anything petroleum-based, scented, and colored. Mom was also very tired of using topical steroids. After much research and help from friends, she came up with what she claims is “the Best Skin Cream ever”!
She says it’s very effective for diaper rash, eczema, and mysterious skin rashes. It’s an all-around intensive moisturizer so it should be good for nurses’ dry hands that are chapped, crackly, and maybe even bleeding from this unusually cold weather.
The amazing thing is it has only 3 ingredients. Check it out!
Jill’s Garden Hand Butter is a special hand cream recipe for working hands. While Jill’s working with horses and barbed wire in her homestead, nurses are working with patients and all sorts of body fluids all day long so it more or less evens out?
Fans of cinnamon or frankincense should try this moisturizing Frankincense and Cinnamon winter balm. If you whip up a batch of this, you can also use it for chapped and dry lips or even cracked heels.
Just expect a little bit more greasiness than other lotions as this recipe has a high oil content. If you’re applying it at night and using gloves or socks, it shouldn’t be much of a problem.
9. Hand Lotion
Lindsay shares that you actually only need 3 – just THREE! – ingredients to DIY your lotion. These three are beeswax, oil, and water.
We love how precise this blogger is as she shares her techniques and measurements. Her step by step tutorial with pictures is also very helpful and will inspire you to create your own favorite scent blend.
Also Read: 2016 Ten Best Hand Lotion for Nurses
This lovely hand cream recipe from Melissa of MelissaKnorris.com also makes use of only three ingredients — oil, shea butter, and coconut oil. All yummy stuff! And the verdict is that this recipe is non-greasy despite being highly moisturizing.
It looks like a bar of soap (or an ice cream sandwich!) but it isn’t. This is actually a homemade lotion bar.
Lotion bars are good for this cold weather because they stay solid when not in use and soften up when they come in contact with your warm hands. Fun and convenient, right?
6. Hand Salve
Renegademama swears her hand salve changes lives. And yes, she’s only exaggerating by a little. She shares how this particular recipe has helped with eczema, dry winter hands and cuticles, cracked lips, and dry grandma hands.
Try it out and see if her “freaking strong lotion” changes your life too. Maybe she can add “nurses’ hands” to her list.
It’s so true that THIS recipe is soooo easy. You just need to get three things and mix them all together in a bowl. A couple of nurses in the comments section have used this also and with good results.
This unassuming homemade lotion is a bit different from the other recipes. It makes use of pure aloe vera which hydrates your skin. It also makes this particular recipe non-greasy.
Laura of the Turquoise Home shares her lovely recipe for an all-natural homemade butter. She shares how this recipe is so easy to make and how just a little goes a long way. This means if you make a fresh batch now, it can last you several months.
We still have a ways to go on cold summer months so check this butter recipe out!
Here’s another alternative if you don’t want to make lotion from scratch. You’ll just have to mix the ingredients and you’re done! We’re using Aquaphor for this recipe which we’ve already featured before as a popular brand for Eczema, Psoriasis & Rosacea Care.
Ellora from Creatively Southern swears by her Dry Winter Skin Homemade lotion and she even shows how she’s made them into cute giveaways.
If you prefer your personal care products to be 100% organic and safe though, make sure to pick your baby lotion carefully.
This Homemade Dandelion Salve is one of the most popular (if not THE most popular) hand cream recipes in Pinterest. We have no doubt it will make a great hand cream for nurses during your down time.
Montana Homesteader says her homemade recipe is simply awesome. It’s easy to make, cheap, and works wonders. Homesteaders’ hands get a lot of abuse especially during cold winter months but this salve has done wonders for her dry hands. You can also use this dandelion salve and infuse oil to relieve sore back and leg muscles. You’ll hit two birds with one stone if you whip up a batch of this.
For this hand cream recipe, you will need only dandelion oil (which you can make), coconut oil, and beeswax. And that’s all!
Did this list inspire you to try some of these hand cream recipes? If you decide to try any of these, be sure to tell us how it goes in our FB page!