Taking Care Of Hands
Most of the time we take good care of our face and dress up attractively, but neglect our hands. Hands tell about our lifestyle. When we are talking with people, we use our hands to emphasise a point or shake hands with them. Hands play an important role in communication. Age does not matter but the hands tell the observer everything about ourself. The whole day we do a lot of work with our hands. Our hands are exposed to all kinds of germs and other dust particles, while we work at home and outside. If we undertake some cleaning work, they are further damaged. We can protect them to some extent by wearing gloves. But it is not always possible if we are in a hurry and need a plate or glass to be washed quickly. Sometimes the soaps, detergents and other cleaning materials work adversely on our hands. They make them rough, minutely cracked and discoloured. To protect our hands from all these, it is important for us to take care of them. Moreover it is the hand that tells the age of the person. Let me give you some tips on how to keep them soft and supple especially during the winters.
■ Pure glycerine can help to make the skin very soft in winters, if applied on hands in the night before going to bed.
■ Take 30ml honey and 30ml badam oil in a pan, heat on a very low flame, stir it and let them mix well. Then add 75ml rose water and 15ml vinegar. After cooling, store the solution in a bottle and apply this to hands before going to bed. Initially it will be little sticky, but will get absorbed in the skin quickly. To get good results, apply before taking bath in the morning again. This will smoothen your hands and make the skin soft.
■ Take two tablespoons of sugar and little baby oil and rub on your hands for a few minutes. Then wash with liquid soap. This will make your hands very smooth.
■ Take one spoon of sugar, one spoon of lemon juice and little fresh cream and rub on your hands till the sugar gets dissolved. This will also smoothen your hands.
■ Take ½ cup of warm milk, add two spoons of sugar, little yogurt and few drops of lavender oil and soak your hands in this mix for about 10 minutes, scrub and massage.
■ Take the juice of one lemon and add little salt to it. Take an old tooth brush and brush your hands with this solution. This will give you soft hands and even removes discolouration. Do this twice a week.
■ The easiest method would be to apply a rich hand cream or petroleum jelly (vaseline or generic) at night and wear gloves over them while you sleep. This locks the moisture in. Waken with softer hands.
■ If your hands become rough after a hard day’s gardening, pour little olive oil and a pinch of salt in your hand and rub hands together. Rinse off with warm water and cover your hands with cotton gloves.
■ For chapped winter hands: Grind 1 cup of uncooked rolled oats in a mixer until you have a very fine powder. Place it in a large bowl, and then rub your hands in the powder gently. This will remove dry skin. Rinse with cold water and apply any hand cream. This treatment is cheaper than the expensive hand creams and it does work better.
■ Hands become rough while you wash your dishes. Add a little almond oil to dishwater. The water will soften rough skin while the oil seals the moisture. Spraying your hands with a mist of vinegar after the wash will also be of some help.
■ To remove cooking smell from your hands: first rinse them with vinegar and then wash thoroughly with soap and water.
■ A quick massage of 10 minutes with olive oil or dove lotion will also work wonders.
■ It is equally important for us to take care of our nails. It is good to keep neat, clean and healthy nails along with well-kept hands. Do not cut your cuticles because that can lead to an infection.
■ The more jagged your cuticles are when you push them back, the more jagged they will be when they grow back.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna