Tips for Hands
Hands are the most visible parts of you, but they also take a lot of abuse. You use them in everyday activity, and yet, they are the ultimate accessory. You must give them the same attention you give your face.
Soften your hands even while you do the dishes. Add a little almond oil (about a teaspoon) to dishwater. The water will soften rought skin while the oil seals the moisture.
Slough off dead skin cells with a solution made of sea salt lemon. Brush it into hands with an old toothbrush. Do this twice a week to soften hands and remove discoloration.
Wash hands thoroughly with warm water, then, using a coarse washcloth, rub briskly. While skin is slightly damp, apply a mixture of one teaspoon honey and one teaspoon olive oil. Place hands in small plastic bags, then in a pair of cotton gloves for thirty minutes. The heat helps the treatment penetrate.
Warm a cup of milk in the microwave for thirty seconds (or until warm, but comfortable to the touch). Soak your hands for five minutes to strengthen nails and hydrate skin. Not only is milk loaded with lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates dead skin, but its high calcium content will strengthen fragile nails.
Always apply a clear base coat before putting colour on your nails to avoid the colour staining.
Soak your hands and feet in warm water with a few drops of aromatherapy oil before pushing back your cuticles and doing your nails - it softens your skin and helps you to relax.
Keep your nail polishes in the fridge to keep the consistency more fluid.
Always when you do any hard work like washing or cleaning utensils, clothes etc., wear rubber gloves lined with cotton. But before wearing the gloves mix a teaspoon of cream of milk with % teaspoon lime juice and a pinch of turmeric and apply well into the hands. This way you give them beauty treatment at the same time.
Every night before retiring apply glycerin lotion on your hands. For preparing glycerin lotion, take 1 cup rose water, 112 cup glycerin and 1/2 cup lime juice. Place in an airtight bottle.
In extreme cold weather prevent chapping- of hands by applying sesame seed oil on the hands.
Another good home hand care treatment for rough hands is to take 1 teaspoon of olive oil and mix with it half a teaspoon of cream of milk and a few drops each of rose water and lime juice Apply on the hands an hour before you go in for Your bath: If you have dark hands you can whiten them by applying on them equal quantities of lime juice, white vinegar and cream of milk.
This mixture whitens and brightens the skin on the hands. With beautiful hands, you should also have beautiful nails. Beautiful hands are often marred by nail-biting. A nervous habit it makes nails look like little stubs and a big area of bare skin is exposed.
To get rid of this ugly habit, apply on your nails some bitter mixture like ground quinine pills, the distasteful mixture will surely help you to stop biting your nails. White spots on the nails occur because of air between the layers of the nail. This is caused by injury. Nothing can be done about this, so they will have to grow out as the nail grows.
Dry nails can flake and cause ridges along the edges. Oil the nails with olive oil regularly and liberally daily before going to bed to avoid this. Brittle and split nails can be cured by including Calcium and Brewers yeast in your diet. 1 tablespoon of gelatin dissolved in fruit juice, milk or tea if taken daily is an excellent cure for brittle nails. Another good nail strengthener is lime juice.
Squeeze a lime and put the juice into an old empty nail varnish bottle, then with the brush already in the bottle, paint the nails with it twice a day. This strengthens and whitens the nails. Nicotine stained nails and fingers can be improved by applying rose lotion on the hands and nails daily. Take tablespoon of glycerin and mix with it 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide and 5 tablespoons rose water.
Put in a bottle and use as required for your hand and nail care. Your nails deserve a weekly manicure to keep them in a healthy condition. Remove old nail polish a day in advance to give them a chance to breathe in oxygen and get the benefits of air. Nail polish can be removed either with a good remover or with Acetone.
Buy a bottle of acetone from your chemist and add a teaspoon of glycerin to it - this stops it from being too drying and is much cheaper than the nail polish remover available in the market. Before beginning your manicure wash your hands thoroughly with hot soapy water using a soft shaving brush. Apply cuticle remover over cuticles with a cotton bud. Cuticle remover softens and loosens cuticles.
Never cut cuticles and do not push them back too hard as you might hurt live tissues at the nail base. Wash finger tips again, work off dead skin with a towel and then dry hands thoroughly. Massage a little warm oil around the nails then wipe thoroughly so that no trace of grease remains.
File nails in pretty ovals not too close using a nail file. Dip a cotton bud in hydrogen peroxide and with this wipe under each nail to clean thoroughly. Place your hands firmly on a table and apply a very thin even layer of nail polish.
Stroke brush down the middle, base to tips, then do the sides. For longer more slender looking nails do not apply color all the way to the sides. Stop and dry apply a second thin coat and wait till it dries up. Finally apply a thin top coat and leave to' dry. A good way to harden nail polish quickly is to dl~ finger-tips loosely in a basin of iced water for a couple of minutes and then gently wave then dry.
If you do not like applying nail polish all the time then you can have beautiful natural shaping nails. One way to achieve this apart from eating a healthy diet and constantly keeping them well-greased is to use a buffer. A buffer is a little pad of cotton covered with Chamois leather.