Our hands are the most integral part of the human body. Surprisingly, they are one of the most neglected parts too. We often tend to forget that our hands require a lot of tender loving care. They do most of our work and in turn receive least amount of our attention and care. The result – dry hands, brittle nails and rough palms.
Well, if you are looking at your hands now and filling up your heart with remorse and regret, stop for a moment. Read on to find how to undo the damage and get rid of dry hands. After all, every one of us deserves beautiful hands to weave a wonderful magical charm.
Tips to Get Rid of Dry Hands
Throw Away the Soaps!
Yes, you read that right. Chances are, the soap you are using does more harm than good. Harmful chemicals found in drugstore soaps are very harsh on skin and can lead to dryness after prolonged use. Switch to herbal soaps or better still, a good quality liquid soap. We spend a lot on our skincare and beauty regime, it’s time to invest a little on hand care too.
You can also go for bathing and shower gels for washing hands. They are mild and have the same cleansing properties minus the harsh chemicals. The best option though is herbal soaps. Choose from lavender to rose to sandal to any of your choice. Herbal soaps contain natural essential oils which help in moisturizing the skin.
Invest in Hand Creams
Almost all leading beauty brands sell hand creams which help in treating dry hands. Buy one today. Select the one which suits your skin type. Hand creams must be used as often as possible because they help in sealing the moisture almost immediately after application. If you have dark spots in your hands, choose a hand cream with lemon or rosehips essence in it.
You can also go for an almond or hemp based hand cream if you face excessive dryness in hands. Almonds are one of the best ingredients a hand cream can contain. Besides imparting moisture, hand creams make your hand smell heavenly. Always carry one in your bag or keep one on your bedside table.
Buy a pair of rubber gloves and a pair of cotton gloves. We do not realize how harmful soaps and detergents are for our hands. While washing clothes or doing the dishes, wear rubber gloves. The gloves will prevent the hands from being in direct contact with water and detergent. This way the chemicals do not get a chance to harm the hands.
Also, if you suffer from extreme dry hands, apply Nivea or Vaseline to your hands, and wear cotton gloves just before sleeping. This way, your hands remain moisturized for a stretch of seven to eight hours. Carrying out this practice for a month can bring marvelous results and you can safely say goodbye to dry and itchy hands.
Olive Oil Treatment
If you also face the problem of dry cuticles, this treatment can do wonders for you. Take a small bowl of pure olive oil and warm it in a double boiler or heat it in the microwave for a few seconds.
Dip your fingers in this warm olive oil for five to ten minutes, depending on the condition of your cuticles. This treatment, if done every alternate day can restore dry cuticles and also improve the strength of your nails. This treatment also helps curing brittle and peeling nails.
Lemons are one of the most multi-faced fruits of nature. After extracting lemon juice, do not throw away the peels. Rub the peels on your hands and fingers. Lemon peels work not only as a bleaching agent but also as an exfoliating agent. It helps in removing dead cells and dead skin; thus, giving you smooth and bright skin.
Switch off the AC
Before you react, yes it is practically impossible to switch of the AC. But, try to avoid it as much as possible. AC has harsh effects on your hands, thus drying them. To battle the harsh effects of AC keep using a hand cream once in two hours. This will not only help tackling the situation but also help you in forming a good and beneficial habit. This way, you do not have to keep reminding yourself about applying hand cream.
Stating quite the obvious, go for once a month manicures. Before you complain about the money, let me tell you that manicures can be done quite effectively in your own house. Take warm water and pour a cap full of mild shampoo or bathing gel. Dip your hands in this soak for around ten minutes.
Now carefully remove cuticles and hanging nails with the help of a cuticle remover or an orange stick. Now scrub your hands and then apply a mask. Wash off after it dries and slather on a good handy cream. This manicure process should be followed after removing nail color and filing or cutting nails.
Hand Masks that Work
There are a lot of ingredients in your kitchen shelves and in your refrigerator which can cure dry hands. A very effective mask is the potato mask. Boil and mash 2 to 3 potatoes (skin removed) and add milk to it till a smooth paste is formed. Apply this paste to your hands and dry areas and rinse off after it dries.
Another good mask is the honey and banana mask. Blend a banana, half of its peel and a tablespoon of honey. Apply this paste and wash off with lukewarm water after it dries. This mask helps a lot in exfoliating and providing moisture to your hands. Always remember to apply hand cream after washing off the hand mask.
All of us know it still we live in denial. All of us know that natural food products can do wonders for our system and fatty and fried food items can do a lot of harm. Make sure you eat food items which contain Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Some food items which are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids are fish like Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish. Some nuts like hazelnuts, pecans, flaxseeds also contain it. Also, try making some lifestyle changes which includes meditation and yoga. These dietary and lifestyle modifications will reflect a great deal on your skin and hair.
With these handy tips, you can surely kiss dry hands goodbye. A good hand care regime will not only change the way your hand feels but also boost up your confidence.