Caring for Your Hands
The condition of the hands depends on the care you give them. The skin on the
back of the hands is soft and thin and prone to early wrinkling. Whereas the
skin on the palm is thick and tough. The palm has no sebaceous glands, thus no
natural lubrication thus they can become dry and rough.
(1) After your bath or any washing
, always massage your hands with a lubricating cream. In fact, barrier creams
should always be used when tackling particularly dirty and greasy jobs.
(2) Get into the habit of giving yourself a weekly manicure, which will make
your hands look good along with helping them to combat annoying problems
like chipping, splitting, peeling and cracking.
(3) If your nails persistently split and chip, then they probably need
strengthening by regular use of one of the many nail hardeners in the market.
(4) Every night, before bedtime, massage your hands with a cream for few
For an emergency treatment for coarse, rough skin, apply cream lavishly at
bed time and go to sleep with cotton gloves on.
Exercising the hands can help to make them flexible and improve circulation.
Try performing these exercise at least 6-10 times a day.
(a) Clench your fists tightly for a second and then throw open the fingers as
wide as possible.
(b) Place hands in front of you, palm down. Press the fingers tightly against
each other and then thrust them apart as widely as possible.
(c) Allow the hands to be limp and relaxed. Then rotate them from the wrist
in circles, first clockwise and then anticlockwise.
You can give an instant refresh treatment to your hands
at home by
soaking your dry hands in warm olive oil. Fill a teacup with the warmed oil, dip
in your fingers and let them soak for a few minutes. When you remove them rub
the oil into your hands and allow as much of it as possible to be absorbed
before rinsing away the excess. Alternatively, you can smother your hands with
rich cold creams.