Our hands work the hardest through the day, getting subjected to cleaning agents, rough surfaces and exposed to sun and dirt. It is quite natural for the hands to start looking unkempt if you go slack on caring for your hands. The first thing people notice after your face are your hands. Do you want to paint a picture of a beautiful face and not so beautiful hands? If not, then spend ten minutes each day to care for your hands that do so much for you. Do not wait until your hands start showing signs of lack of attention to get a manicure done. You can actually follow some very simple steps to get soft and beautiful hands at home, without having to visit the salon for a manicure all the time. We tell you how.
We tend to wash our hands many times a day. So make sure that the handwash you use is a mild and gentle one, infused with a hydrating formula that does not strip off the vital moisture from your skin. Water that is too hot can also make your skin too dry. So always use cold water while washing your hands.
2. The one minute magic scrub
Your hand has a lot of dead skin, just like your face, and needs to be exfoliated regularly to buff away dead skin cells. You can use a store bought body scrub for this, or make your own at home with a tsp of sugar crystals, half a tsp of olive oil and half a tsp of lemon juice. Sugar acts as the scrubbing agent, olive oil moisturizes the skin and lemon juice lightens the skin tone. Take all these ingredients in your palm, mix them well and smooth the scrub on both the sides of the palm and on the elbows. Rub in circular motions for a minute and wash off. Tap dry with a towel. Do this at least twice a week for super soft hands.
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3. Moisturize with a hand cream
Be it a handwash or a scrub, follow it up with a hand cream. Do not use a cream when you still have pending work like cooking and cleaning that needs your hands. Once you wrap up with all the work, smooth in a hand cream on your hands, rubbing the fingers and the cuticles well and let the hands rest for half an hour. The cream instantly hydrates the skin and gives you soft and beautiful hands.
4. Weekly Softening and Lightening Regimen
Once every week, dip your hands in a cup of lukewarm water with some shampoo and olive oil for ten minutes. Use a gentle brush to remove any dirt accumulated between your nails. Trim your nails and shape them as you please. Then make a lightening paste with 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp lemon juice and 2 tsp baking soda. Using a lemon half, apply this paste all over your hands in circular motion, scrubbing well. Rinse after 2 minutes. This will remove all the discoloration and dry skin from your hands and keep it smooth.
5. Nightly Renewal Regimen
It is only in the night when you sleep that your hands get complete rest. So every night, before turning in, wash your hands well and slather on some hand cream or petroleum jelly on your hands. Massage your fingers well, pull each finger as you massage it. Rub in some cream on the nails and cuticles too. Rub your palms together to improve circulation and massage until the cream is absorbed well. The cream will help in rejuvenating your skin in the night and will keep your hands baby soft, despite all the work done through the day. It will also help your nails grow better.
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Other things to remember –
- If you have sensitive skin and you do the dishes or other cleaning at home, then it is advisable you wear gloves.
- Never forget to apply sunscreen on your hands.
- If you have chronic dryness, then always keep a hand cream or petroleum jelly handy. Wear gloves in the night after applying hand cream
It does not even take ten minutes of your time each day to show some tender loving care to your hands. And you should too, cause your hands work so hard for you. Show them some care and get soft and beautiful hands.