hands are a real
problem to anyone who enjoys the outdoors or does heavy housework.
One solution is to use udder cream or Bag Balm.
Also consider using
Vermont White Salve.
It's based on formula from Germany that is unique and
Many perfectly polished beauties swear by traditional petroleum
jelly as a protection.
Home-Made Wax Cream for chapped hands
5 tablespoon yellow beeswax
3 tablespoons coconut oil
Place Broken pieces of solid
ingredients in separate jars and heat them in a pan of water, simmering
until they have melted.
Measure the melted
ingredients into a heat resistant basin over a pan of simmering water.
Mix thoroughly. Place basin
in a shallow dish of cold water and continue beating.
Transfer the cream into
screw top jars.
This cream will set fairly
solid when cold. You will need something to transfer it from the jar to
your hands. The cream will melt in your hands when application starts.
Dry and Cracked Hands
During the winter season in most climates, heat is turned
on and indoor humidity is very low. Add a few hand washings with soap and water
during the day and you can easily develop hand problems
The best treatment involves minimizing exposure to soap by using a non-soap
cleanser. After hands have been exposed to water, apply a
or cream. Better than lotion, mashed potatoes will solve this frequent problem. Boil a small peeled potato until soft. Mash with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Apply to hands and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
For extremely chapped hands, use something you dip from a jar rather than
squirt from a bottle. Wax- or paraffin-based products are excellent (the thicker
the better). Nail glue works well to close painful cracks. Apply where needed
and let it remain on the hands until it wears off naturally. After a minute or
two the pain should be gone
Calluses is a thickening of the outer layer of skin. This
thickening is known medically as hyperkeratosis. Calluses develop as part of the
skin's normal defense against prolonged rubbing, pressure and other forms of
Always use a pumice stone.
Razors and other cutters are now illegal for
pedicurists to use. Avoid wearing high-heel shoes. For more on Calluses
When your feet hurt, you hurt all over because your feet are the base of your
entire bone structure. Besides, Exhaustion and fatigue are not themselves
disorders. They are symptoms and can be related to everything from stress to
illness and diet.
Practice picking up small objects like marbles or tiny balls with your toes.
Curl toes under, and hold that position for a few seconds.
Alternate walking on toes (like a ballerina) and heels every day.
Avoid high heels and tight shoes. It is best to wear wide, low-heeled shoes
with soft soles. You could also look into getting custom shoe inserts called
orthotics, which can help relieve the pressure and pain. (These may change the
distribution of body weight on the bottoms of the feet and thus lessen any
excessive pressure on the nerve.)
Yellowing of the
nails could be caused by not using a base coat underneath
your polish, or it could be a more serious nail fungus that needs to be treated.
Lighten discolored nails with a whitening scrub containing a mild abrasive,
or with a remover containing a lemon juice-like ingredient that bleaches out the
yellow. To prevent the discoloration that occurs with nail polish stains, always use
a base coat of superior quality.
Ridges on the nail are, unfortunately, mostly genetic. However, if you have
recently developed ridges, this could be a sign of anemia, and you should
consult your doctor. Ridges may also be caused by too much pressure and pushing
during your manicure.
Ridges can appear either
vertically or horizontally. Horizontal ridges called Beau's lines, can
result from severe stress.
Though you can't change heredity, you can smooth the ridged nail surface with
a buffer and buffing cream. When grooming your nails, always make an effort to
be gentle on them so that they will grow back normally.
White spots on the nail can be caused by a blow to the nail, applying too
much pressure on the nail matrix during a manicure or too much pressure and
pushing on the nail, generally.
Let the spots grow out, and make an effort to be gentle when manicuring your
nails since prodding beneath the cuticles, where new growth is generated, can
cause these spots.
Although pale nails can be hereditary, more often it is the result of poor
The nail beds become opaque, often leaving only a
rim of pink nail bed at the top of the nail. The thumb and index nails
bilaterally are the most involved.
Take an iron supplement or add
iron-rich foods to your diet.
Fingernails are simply another form of skin, composed primarily of a
hardened protein called keratin. Illness,
overuse of harsh
detergents, nail glue and acetone remover, faulty filing, too much exposure to
water are basic causes for peeling nails.
Avoid quick-dry polishes that contain acetone, which can dry out your nails.
A better treatment to ensure healthy and strong nails is
to rub hand cream and nail oil into the cuticles and base of the nails after
every time you wash your hands. Always file nails lightly, just enough to
shape and keep the layers even.
Uneven nails have a tendency to peel.
Basic steps you can take to ensure the health of your
Protect your nails from water. Wear cotton-lined, rubber gloves when
doing household chores, such as washing dishes. Between uses, turn rubber
gloves inside-out to dry to prevent germs from growing in them.
Apply moisturizing lotion to your nails, especially the skin around
the nail, after exposure to water. Even a minor cut alongside your nail
can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
Wear gloves in cold weather and during activities that might harm
nails, such as gardening.
Keep your nails short to prevent breakage. Trim your nails only when
they're well-hydrated so they'll be less brittle when clipping. File nails
in only one direction — not back and forth,
which also can split nails.
Moisturize your nails after using nail polish remover, which dries
your nails. Look for an acetone-free formulation.
Don't push back or cut the cuticles, which protect new nail growth.
Don't pick at hangnails. Instead, clip them close to the skin surface
with sharp, clean cuticle scissors.
Brittle nails can be caused by
sun exposure, a poor diet or the prolonged use
of commercial nail hardeners.
Avoid the use of hardeners containing formaldehyde, which has a drying effect
on nails, and try using a waterproof coating that seals moisture in the nail and
repels water and dirt. Believe it or not, a waxy lip balm can be quite effective
at softening nails. Moisturize with an oil or emollient.
There are several on the market,
but a vitamin E capsule works just as well.
After a day or two, polished nails tend to look a bit dull.
Hoof Lacquer, the secret weapon of manicurists, keeps nails looking like new.
Purchase this product in your local equestrian shop.
Massage a drop of castor oil onto each nail and buff excess away with a tissue.
Your nails will have an all natural high gloss without polish
Although artificial nails can make your hands look more attractive, they can
seriously damage your own nails.
Acrylic nails are the strongest and last the
longest of all the nail overlays. The acrylic nails can cause little
weakening to the nail plate. Women choose acrylic nails as it is the most
commonly-used artificial nail; Besides, if you travel a great deal, it will be
easier for you to find a place to repair or fill in your manicure.
applied and removed correctly, artificial nails do little damage to your nails,
but they won't improve your nails or make them healthier cautions The worst offenders are the stick-on
variety, which cause some of the nail surface to get torn away when they are
Another problem is the glue, which can cause an allergic
reaction. If water gets trapped under the fake nail, your real nail can turn
green, and a fungal infection can set in. You need to maintain a regular visit
to manicurist if you decide upon artificial nails.
Ingrown toenails are a common nail problem. The great toenails are
particularly vulnerable. Improper nail trimming, tight shoes, or poor posture
can cause a corner of the nail to curve downward into the skin. Ingrown nails
can be painful and sometimes even lead to infection.
Seek treatment for the condition rather than attempting to cut away the nail
yourself, as infection may result.
Apply quick-drying glue to the split, and let dry.
Smooth with a file or
Mend with a tea bag by cutting a tiny piece from the tea bag.
Cover the split, and dot on nail glue.
Let dry and smooth with a buffer.
Thickened Nail Polish
After you've had nail polish for a while, it tends to thicken.
than toss it, turn the bottle upside down, and roll it between your hands.
Don't ever add nail polish remover to thin nail polish.
appears to thin it out temporarily, it will eventually dry the polish out and
spoil whatever is left.
When polish gets so goopy that the colors
separate, it's too old to keep.
Get rid of it.
Use a file and smooth out the chipped polish until the ridge is even with the
Apply polish only to the chipped area, and allow it to dry.
Re-coat the entire nail.
Apply polish remover to smudged polish to smooth out.
Let it dry, and
follow up with a thin coat of polish.
When you're looking for a superior nail enamel, locate the type that contains
ground herring scales.
This strange ingredient is known in the industry as
It gives polish its extra shine and causes it to stay pure
a longer period of time.
There are new products on the market that will allow a manicure to last twice
One example is Mega Hard by L'Oreal.
This hardener contains
Kevlar, the same hi-tech material used in bulletproof vests.
Also try One
Step by Orly, which contains both Kevlar and raw silk fibers.
Let fingers rest at least a day between manicures.This allows the nail
a chance to "breathe".
Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to a dollop of hand cream, and massage the entire
hand.This smoothes and softens.
Always wash hands thoroughly before a manicure.If it's necessary to
clean hands after nails are done, use a cleansing pad.Soap and water
washes away protective creams left over from the manicure.
Use an old eyeliner brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up a messy
Look for Teflon, the trademarked name that revolutionized the cooking
industry, in nail products.
face mask to treat your hands and feet.Hydrating masks work
especially well.Gently file nails every other day to keep tips smooth and
prevent snags and breaking.
Dated 15 April 2013