As the winter season approaches we all find the hands begins to dry up
and appear scaly. The skin of our hands is thin, delicate, and often
dry, this is why it is the first to suffer from cold winds, frost, and
dry heated air inside our apartments. A simple skin care routine made in
the house can help work wonders in keeping the hands comfortable. Take
care of your hands this winter with these Hand Care Tips.
The most important hand
protection from winter elements is as simple as just to wear gloves.
Wear gloves whenever you step outside. These are must if your hand
skin is dry and irritated.
Squeeze two tomatoes and
apply the juice over the hands. Mix some coarsely ground dates into
the remaining tomato juice and use as an exfoliator, removing all
traces of dead cells from the hands. Wipe off with a hand towel soaked
in warm water.
Natural hand cream or
coconut oil, or shea butter, can be used to nourish and moisturise the
skin of your hands. Natural hand cream can be made in home by mixing
some unsalted butter with a bit of honey and several beneficial herbs,
such as coltsfoot or nettle. This rich, nourishing cream is the most
effective for a winter time.
It is always important
to keep your hands moisturised. For a natural hand moisturiser,
combine wheatgerm oil with a favourite essential oil. Keep an
energising blend handy during the day and a calming blend nearby at
If you notice your
cuticles peeling a lot they may be overly dry. Pay special attention
to them when moisturizing your hands use sandalwood, chamomile or rose
essential oil that has been mixed with a hydrating base oil such as
hazelnut, avocado or evening primrose.
A few drops of lemon
juice applied to your hands after washing is a good way to add
moisture and vital vitamins to the skin and restore its pH balance. As
an emergency hand mask, use a mixture of 1 tbsp glycerine, 2 tbsp
extra-virgin olive oil, freshly-squeezed juice of 1 lemon, 1 egg yolk,
and several ounces of rose water. Another miraculous hand mask can be
made by mixing together humble boiled potatoes and milk.
Moisten the air inside
your house by placing a plate of water near heaters. Using rose water
will also fill the air with a delicate scent and will work as
aromatherapy. This simple measure will prevent skin, including the
skin of hands, from over-drying.
Once a week, pamper your
hands with a herbal bath or a herbal oil massage. For a bath, use
nettle, sage, calendula, or chamomile steamed in water. Soak your
hands in the cooled brew for 10-15 minutes, dry thoroughly, and apply
a rich cream. For a massage, use almond oil with several drops of
essential oil of rosemary.
Moisturize after each
hand washing. Unless you need your untouched up hands for a medical
procedure apply a nice layer of hand healing lotion after each scrub
up. Keep a small bottle of lotion at each sink and a mini bottle in
your purse or diaper bag for quick and easy application.
Always wear rubber
gloves while washing dishes, and especially so in the winter.
Overexposure to both water and harsh chemicals in dishwashing liquids
draws natural moisture and lubrication out of your hands. For the same
reason, do not wash your hands too often, unless you work in a
hospital. Nurses, who have to frequently wash their hands with soap,
often develop extremely dry, cracked, and painful hand skin that is
hard to cure.
Apply some plain date
juice on hands. Massage well using rotary movements to improve
circulation and also ease tired points. Wipe off with warm water after
about twenty minutes of massaging.
Take a mixture of
calamine powder and curd, and make a pack with the same. Apply on the
feet and hands generously and leave on for half an hour before washing
off. Finish by applying moisturizing cream or milk, which should be
left on for twenty minutes.
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