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|Hand Care Tips|
Give your hands enough
For many people especially housewives
and manual workers, the hands are the most overworked and ill-used
part of the body. They are exposed to all kinds of wear and tear: to
the effects of temperature and climate: to frequent wetting: to the
onslaughts of harsh chemicals: and to the risk of minor injury and
subsequent infection. Yet the care of the hands is often completely
overlooked until, say, the skin becomes rough and cracked or a nail
Here are a few simple tips that can make your hands
Washing your hands innumerable times with
soap makes your skin lose its moisture. Keep a piece of lemon next
to your hand-washing soap. Rub it over your hands at least once a
day, before washing. This will help delay the onset of age-spots.
While doing household chores make it a point to wear rubber
gloves. It is a good idea to wear cool cotton gloves whenever
Cracking your knuckles can give you wobbly fingers. So
stop breaking them unless you want fat fingers, which you think are
Long nails can look very elegant, but only if
they are kept clean and in shape. File them regularly with a filer.
Dirt in the fingernails can show how clean you are. So if you canít
keep nails clean, keep them short and simple.
remember to apply some moisturizer before going to bed.
Exercise and watch your hands turn beautiful
yogic exercise, which is good for your hands - Stretch your fingers
wide and clap hard, so that your fingers of both hands are aligned.
Like thumb-to-thumb, forefinger-to-forefinger. This increases blood
Hold both hands in front of you with palms
facing inwards, loosen their wrist grip and flap them backwards and
forwards. Feel them tingle as the blood rushes to them.
Squeeze the tip of each finger as hard as possible for about
five seconds. This also helps in activating blood circulation.
Close your fingers and circle your wrists ten times in each
Take care of your hands before it starts showing
that you are really becoming old.
repeated use of soap and water damages the top layer of the skin,
and can cause excessive scaling, or chapping. When washing hands
lukewarm water and the simplest soap should be used. Exposing
unprotected hands to bleaches and other kitchen chemicals, and also
to shampoos, can aggravate chapping. To For many people especially
housewives and manual workers, the hands are the most overworked and
ill-used part of the body. They are exposed to all kinds of wear and
tear: to the effects of temperature and climate: to frequent
wetting: to the onslaughts of harsh chemicals: and to the risk of
minor injury and subsequent infection. Yet the care of the hands is
often completely overlooked until, say, the skin becomes rough and
cracked or a nail is broken.
In some extreme
instances, chapping can lead to eczema, or inflammation of the skin.
Eczema can also affect people who are allergic to certain materials.
As the hands are almost always in contact with some material, the
condition can persist. One has to see the doctor in this
Children in particular are
affected by warts, which develop on the hands or fingers and are
contagious. Most warts disappear spontaneously, as immunity
develops, though they persist for a year or more. There is no way of
preventing them. If they cause concern a doctor, who can destroy
them with corrosive or freezing fluids, should see them.
Nails and their problems
The main function of the
fingernails is to protect the sensitive tips of the fingers and
concentrate the sense of touch. On average, a nail grows from its
base to its top edge in about six months. If nails are not cut they
will become split and broken.
top layers of nails can separate and start to flake off if they are
exposed to too much soap and water or detergent. If flaking occurs,
wear plastic gloves when washing dishes or clothes, and massage nail
cream into the nail base each day.
When nails easily crack or break they can be a permanent worry.
Weak nails are caused by general ill health or a protein deficiency
in the diet. You can increase your nutritional intake by eating more
lean meat, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Brittle nails could
also be suffering from extreme dryness and, if this is the case, rub
in a nail cream every morning and night and keep the nails fairly
short until the condition improves.
excessive use of nail hardeners containing formaldehyde can cause
the nail plate to separate from the nail bed. The space beneath the
nail may then become infected, causing discoloration. Loose nails
can also accompany diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
If the nails are frequently immersed
in water the outer skin layer may split away from the cuticle. The
splits, or hangnails, are painful and can become infected. They can
be snipped off with sharp nail scissors. To prevent them occurring
the skin should be kept flexible by nightly applications of cold
A heavy blow on the nail---or
jamming it in a door---can cause bleeding under the nail, which
eventually fall off. New growth will cure the condition. If the
injury is very painful the nail may have to be removed
In both adults and
children, nail biting is a common habit, sometimes stemming from
insecurity, boredom, anxiety or excitement. Excessive nail biting
results in very weak nails and in extreme cases, damaged fingers
caused by chewing the nail down to the quick---the sensitive skin
beneath the nail. The best remedy is often to appeal to the
individualís vanity. Failing this, the person concerned must use
willpower to conquer the habit.
Remove old nail polish with a single stroke by
soaking a cotton wool pad with nail polish remover. Wipe away traces
of polish around the cuticles stick dipped in remover.
emery board, shape nails lightly, working from both edges towards
the center. Avoid moving the board back and forth quickly, which
produces heat that dries out the nail and leads to splitting. Try
holding the emery board at a single angle under the nail. Donít file
down the sides- the nail tip needs the sides as support, otherwise
it will weaken and nicks form.
Apply a cuticle remover around
the nail contours. Using the tip of a cuticle stick wrapped in
cotton wool, gently push back the skin. Work away dead tissue before
carefully passing the stick under cuticles.
Wash your hands in
warm soapy water, and brush nails with a soft manicure brush so that
polish will adhere to them properly. Pat hands dry with a towel.
If nails are weak, apply a strengthening or hardening product,
paying special attention to the tips. Allow to dry.
protective base coat, covering the entire nail but stopping short of
Apply two coats of polish, starting with a single
stroke down the center of the nail, then across the cuticle base and
down the two sides without touching the cuticle. Allow each coat to
Finish with a topcoat for extra gloss and the shield against
For optimum skin and nail health, check that your diet
includes plenty of vitamin A, E and B complex, and the minerals
calcium, Zinc, magnesium and iodine. If need be, take
nail-fortifying vitamin and minerals supplements.
Clean toenails and remove
all traces of polish with a conditioning remover, as described for
Cut toenails using a nail clipper and file into
the desired shape using the rough side of an emerge board. Hold the
board slightly angled down over the edge of the nail. Smooth the
edges towards the center with a light motion; donít cut or file them
always as this weakens the nail and can lead to in growing toenails.
Lightly massage the nail contours with a cuticle oil or cream.
Place both feet in a bowl of warm water into which you have
added a handful of bath salts or a few drops of pure essential oil
such as peppermint. Soak feet for five to ten minutes.
thoroughly with a towel and apply a drop of cuticle remover to the
nail contours. Leave it on for a few minutes while you smooth away
any hard skin or cal louses on the soles of your feet using an
exfoliating cream. Then gently írollí the cuticles back with a
manicure stick covered with cotton wool. Massage hard skin again
with the scrub, then rinse off in the warm water.
feet in cold water to boost circulation. Dry them again with a
towel, paying special attention to the skin between your toes.
Clean your toenails again with a cotton pad soaked in remover to
take off any oily film.
If required, apply a hardening formula
to the toenails, taking care not to let it touch the cuticle or the
Apply a base coat, followed by two coats of
polish, and finally a topcoat, as described for the manicure.
Placing cotton wool between your toes separates them to make
applying polish easier.
The cuticles on toenails are so
tough, itís important to work on them with a cuticle remover at
least once a month, paying particular attention to the little toe,
which usually suffers the most. If you have a dry skin on your feet,
the best way to remove it is with a scrub cream, which will leave
your feet smoother and well conditioned or best of all, use pumice
stone for smoothing those rough patches.