Nothing dries out your hands like washing dishes. If dry, cracked nails and cuticles or sore hands are plaguing you as you clean, then this ultra-luxe, easily absorbed and protective DIY balm is the perfect companion to keep by the sink.

Smear the thinnest layer around your cuticles and over your hands before putting on washing up gloves: who said cleaning couldn’t look gorgeous too?

What you’ll need:

  • 50ml Liquid paraffin b.p
  • 12g Beeswax pellets
  • 40g Shea butter
  • Your choice of essential oils: try 2 drops each of cinnamon, orange and ginger for a pleasant warm smell that fights germs and bacteria
  • A repurposed jar such as a clean baby food jar

What to do:

  • Place the jar in a little water on the stove.
  • Melt the beeswax, then slowly add the Shea butter.
  • While you wait, warm a little of the liquid paraffin by placing the bottle or measuring cup in some warm water.
  • Now simply mix all the ingredients together well and allow to cool.

The result will be a super-smooth, easy to spread cream that makes the perfect barrier to help dry skin. Coconut oil can be substituted for the liquid paraffin, but it won’t be as protective and will have a shorter shelf life.

Banish dry skin, germs and ‘housewife’s hands’ in one simple recipe with this DIY balm.

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