Many people pay attention to their faces, but neglect their hands and nails. This is a shame because hands show your age just as much as your face – in fact, even more so because they work harder, doing all that you have to do from day to day, while your face basically sits there and oversees the chores. If you don’t lavish some care and attention on your hands and nails they will tell on you – and spoil the beauty of your face for anyone observant enough to notice.
If you have a job where your hands are in the public eye all the time, it is essential to take care of them and make sure they are as attractive as your face. Here’s how:
- Wash hands with warm water, paying attention to between the fingers and under the nails. Dry by blotting rather than rubbing as this can abrade the skin.
- Use gloves when washing up and moisturise your hands daily or more often if they feel dry.
- Use organic products on your hands and avoid those with toxic ingredients. A good way to make your hands feel smooth and soft is to mix wheat powder with milk, water and lemon juice. Leave on for 10 or more minutes and wash off with warm water. Glycerine and rose water is a good moisturiser.
- Exfoliate your hands occasionally using 2 tablespoons of butter mixed with 1 of sugar. Rub over the skin until the sugar granules dissolve. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
- If the back of your hands has uneven pigmentation, rub them with a cut lemon to even out the colour.
Nails are an important part of your hands and even if your hands are beautiful, ugly nails will spoil them. So here are some tips to keep your nails pretty.
- Eat food rich in calcium for strong and healthy nails.
- If your nails are hard and you like clipping them, soak them in warm water before doing so as this helps to soften them. Don’t file the edges until they are dryer and harder as it can tear the edges and let in an infection.
- If your nails have vertical ridges on them, buff them gently with emery paper before applying polish.
- If you like long nails use a French cut (straight across) rather than having them pointy.
- Using a clear nail polish with make them shiny and go with anything you wear; handy if you have to go out again in the evening and a wear a different coloured outfit.
- Make your nail polish last longer by swabbing your nails with vinegar on a cotton ball before applying the polish.
- Massage jojoba oil into the hands and nails to keep them soft and heal cracks around the cuticles.