Hand care tips.

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.

 - Home treatments for beautiful hands

Often neglected, hands need to be regularly taken care of.

We use our hands through-out each waking moment and subject them to a number of harsh chemicals, activities, and the fluctuating humidity of seasonal changes and office air conditioning. While most of these things are unavoidable hazards of daily living, we often forget to give our hands the extra care and attention they need and before long they can become dry, chapped and sore.

You can find many home remedies available to treat dry hands. You can experiment with several methods until you find the one that works best for you. Instead of purchasing expensive creams or lotions, soothe your hands by combining common household items to create your own moisturizer.

1.The first step to treating dry skin is exfoliation. Exfoliate your hands to remove the upper layer of dead skin and reveal the smooth soft skin below.  You can make your own skin scrub at home out of olive oil,   sugar  and  milk powder. ( Mix two teaspoons of milk powder with a tablespoon of sugar and enough one teaspoon of olive oil. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and add enough fresh lemon juice to make it into a thick paste). Lemon juice is a citric fruit juice that will help to slough off the dead skin.  It is also a natural bleach and will help to lighten your skin.  Massage your hands thoroughly with this paste for no less than two minutes.  You can then wash it off with warm water.  The milk powder will help to nourish your skin while the olive oil will help to moisturize it. If you wish to, you can leave this scrub on until it dries and then moisten it and scrub it off. This will increase the effectiveness of the scrub.

After you have scrubbed your hands,  mix a little olive oil and coconut oil and massage your hands well with this blend of oils.  This will replenish lost oils and help to tone your skin. You can use this moisturizer throughout the day to ensure that your hands are always well moisturized.

2.Prepare an olive oil bath. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water. Add 4 Tbsp. olive oil to the water. Soak your hands in the bowl for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your hands with tepid water. Pat your hands dry until just damp. Apply a light moisturizing lotion.

3.Use an egg yolk mask to moisturize dry hands. Scramble the yolk of an egg and apply it to your hands. Leave the mask on your hands for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the severity of dryness. Rinse your hands with lukewarm water. Pat dry.

4.Apply a coating of petroleum jelly to your hands before bedtime. Cover your hands with thin cotton gloves or cotton socks. Go to sleep and say goodbye to dry hands

5.Try lemon oil. “To smooth and soothe irritated hands, mix a few drops of glycerin with a few drops of lemon oil . Massage this into your hands at bedtime,”

6.Oatmeal is also used as a folk remedy for treating dry, chapped hands. Rub your hands with wet oatmeal instead of soap. Dry your hands with a towel, then rub them with dry oatmeal.

7.Avoid Hot Water Because hot water dries out the skin, use tepid water when washing your hands instead. Extended exposure to water of any temperature washes away your skin’s protective layer of oil. If you enjoy tub baths, try running a warm bath instead of extremely hot. Baths and showers should be limited to once per day and last no longer than 10 minutes.

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