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Tips for Beautiful hands!

When you hear about wrinkles and skin aging, your first thoughts are about face and neck. But the earliest signs of aging will show on your hands.

Often neglected, hands need to be regularly taken care of. Frequent contacts with water and chemicals, sun, cold weather, gardening – all put your skin under a big stress. While hands do not have many oil glands, they will give away your age earlier than your pampered face.

In the meantime, it has been noticed that after making eye contact, the next thing people pay attention to is your hands.

What can you do to keep your hands beautiful?

* Moisturize! Several times a day. Dry skin is easily injured and looks wrinkled.

* Protect your hands – wear gloves when gardening, washing dishes, or dealing with chemicals

* Use sun protection

* Keep your hands dry. Any water left on your hands will evaporate and dry out the skin.

* Give your hands a special treatment – herbal or oil bath – once in a while.

Here are a few suggestions for your next hand spa:

1. Herbal hand bath:

Bring 1 qt of water to boil and pour over 1 tbsp of herbs (you can use all of these or just one: chamomile, nettle, sage, coltsfoot, calendula). Let the infusion cool to 100-110F and soak your hands in it for about 15-20 minutes. Dry your hands thoroughly and apply a rich moisturizer.

2.You can make your own nourishing hand cream:

Thoroughly mix 1 teaspoon of honey and 3 tbsp of unsalted butter. Add 1 tbsp of strong herbal infusion. This will make a very rich cream. It will take a while to absorb, but leave your hands silky and smooth.

3. For dry skin use this hand treatment 1-2 times a week:

* 1 tbsp Glycerin

* 1 Egg yolk

* 2 tbsp vegetable oil (olive, almond, or another oil of your choice)

* Lemon Juice of 1 lemon

* 3 1/2 – 4 oz of an herbal infusion (for example: chamomile, calendula, elderflower) or rose water.

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Nail Care

Take a close look at your nails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper care, but some actually indicate an illness that requires attention. Your nails — composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin — grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and are eventually pushed out toward your fingertips.

Your nails — composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin — grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and are eventually pushed out toward your fingertips.

Healthy nails are smooth, without ridges or grooves. They’re uniform in color and consistency and free of spots or discoloration. Nails can develop harmless conditions, such as vertical ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical ridges become more prominent with age. Nails can also develop white lines or spots due to injury, but these eventually grow out with the nail.

Not all nail conditions are normal, however. Some are signs of diseases that require medical attention. See your doctor if you notice these changes in your nails:

  • Yellow discoloration
  • Separation of your nail from the nail bed (onycholysis)
  • Indentations that run across your nails (Beau’s lines)
  • Nail pitting
  • Opaque or white nails
  • Curled nails

Nail Manicure


Your nails need to be taken care of too. Giving your nails a manicure is a good way to take care of them and  pamper them.
Given below are the steps to achieve the perfect manicure at home:
  • To begin with remove all  traces of your nail polish. Use as many cotton balls as needed.
  • Use a nail file or an emery board to shape your nails. File in one direction only. Do not use the seesaw  motion. To shorten the nail, use the course side of the emery board first and finish with the finely textured side.
  • Work on your nails carefully and with respect. Do not go overboard with your manicure.
  • To check if your nails are well done run your nails over a pair of old pantyhose. Your nails should not snag the hose.
  • Apply cuticle remover cream and gently push back the cuticles using a cotton bud. Never cut your cuticles. Massage away dead skin using circular movements.
  • Apply hand lotion and massage your palm of your hand with the thumb of your other hand. This will improve blood circulation. Work your way all over your hand and repeat with your other hand.
  • Before you paint your nails, clean them with an orange stick that has been wrapped with cotton and dipped in nail polish remover and rub over the surface of the nail. Remove any creamy residue, if there is none then you can polish your nails.
  • While polishing your nails being in the center of your nail. Paint one stroke down the center and then the sides of the nail. You should paint a nail in three strokes. Let it dry completely before applying the second coat.
  • Apply color after your nails are completely dry. Use a base coat before applying nail polish. Then apply a color of your choice and do not apply a new coat before the previous one dries. You should apply three coats of color. After applying color apply topcoat and it will give added protection and help your nail color to last longer without chipping.
  • Store nail polish in the fridge. To prevent the cap from sticking apply a little vaseline around it.

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