Handy Hints For
Hand and Nail Care
we tend to be busy; we're moms, wives, we work 40 plus hours outside the
home and often 40 plus hours in the home. Many times we neglect simple
needs and put ourselves on the back burner. If a woman counts the times
she does something using her hands, well, let's just say, they're as
overworked as we are. So maybe you don't have time to go to the salon
and get a manicure, but it's important that we practice good hand and
fingernail care at home, as well.
The dynamics of
having great hands starts with a great hand and nail regiment. It's
fairly simple and takes little time, but the results can pay off.
The skin on the back of a woman's hands is soft and thin, that skin
can wrinkle very easily. Whereas, the skin on
the palm is thick and tough. The palm has no natural lubrication
mechanisms thus they can become dry and very rough. In order to care
for the hands and nails properly, you can try the following:
your hands come into contact with water, moisturize or lubricate them
afterwards. Chemically enhanced moisturizers that contain urea, lactic
acid or glycerin oil is even more efficient in binding water to the
wear barrier creams or silicone creams when doing dirty and greasy
jobs, like the dishes, they will protect your hands by creating a
shield. As water evaporates, it takes moisture out of the skin; this
barrier will ensure the moisture in your skin and hands stay there.
Give yourself a weekly
Every night before
bedtime, massage your hands with a cream or moisturizer for a few
- If your nails split
and chip, apply a strengthening nail hardener, found at salons or drug
- Wear gloves when
dealing with harsh detergents or cleaners, gardening or yard work..
those nails; believe it or not, nail polish protects the nail from
stains, physical trauma, and acts as a barrier to chemicals. However,
it's best to use a base coat before polishing to help guard against
discoloration of the nails. If discoloration does occur, soak your
nails in water and a drop of lemon oil twice a week.
nails are dry, you may want to soak them daily for 10 minutes in warm
water, be sure to dry completely and apply moisturizers when you're
age, the nails may tend to thicken and grow slower, and often times your
hands may be more susceptible to skin diseases during this time. Don't
ignore problems with your hands. Often such things as separation of the
nail from the bed may be due to an iron or thyroid deficiency; nails
that thicken may be attributed to a fungus infection. And nails that
develop pits or dips may be a symptom of psoriasis. More
often than not, women are looking for ways to avoid wrinkles and the
aging process. Even for their hands. Luckily in today's world there are
many options for women when it comes to skin care regiments.
Exfoliates and moisturizers with Glycolic and Lactic acid help soften
the skin mostly though exfoliation, or removing the dead skin cells.
Both Glycolic and Lactic acids are AHA's or Alpha Hydroxyl Acids, they
are acids found in fruits, honey, and dairy products. Scientists have
been studying their anti-aging capabilities for years.
- Green Tea found in
some hand care products helps decrease inflammation of the hands
because it contains ECCG, a natural anti-inflammatory.
great ingredient that works wonders for moisturizing the hands is
Hyaluronic acid or cyclic hydroxyl acid; this acid has recently become
the favorite additive to use in moisturizers. Why? Because it holds
1000 times it's weight in water content within the skin.
C is also a member of the AHA family, but it can act as an antioxidant
protects against the environment, and it helps stimulate collagen;
which is the tissue that makes the skin's elasticity.
E; also known as the "Vitamin of Beauty", protects the skin membranes
against damage and ensures immediate replacement of damaged membrane
molecules. In other words, it's an antioxidant and a rejuvenator of
The great thing about living
in America is the overwhelming choices we have when it comes to
products. Many hand and nail care products are formulated with many of
the ingredients listed above, or a combination of ingredients. All
products promise to help you and your hands look and feel better.
Whether you prefer going to the salon weekly for a professional
manicure, or staying at home and doing your own hand and nail care, it's
"hand's down" of the most importance!