How to take care of the skin of your hands and nails?

How to take care of the skin of your hands and nails?

The skin on our hands is very sensitive and is particularly exposed to external factors such as frost, heat, UV radiation or chemicals contained in cleaning products.

The current situation forces everyone to use various types of preparations for hands, which contain a high concentration of alcohol in their composition, which primarily causes intensive drying of the skin, and with greater neglect it leads to the formation of small cracks.

It is worth remembering that our hands are our showpiece , right after the face and neck, from them we notice passage of time. In order to have beautiful and well-cared hands, we do not need to use high-end cosmetics.

Home care treatments for hands have the advantage of the use of ingredients which sit within our kitchen drawers.

Exfoliation

Both the skin of the hands and the whole body requires exfoliation of dead epidermis, thanks to which it is much easier to moisturize, nourish and smooth it.

The use of a body scrub is highly recommended, provided that the skin on the hands is no longer excessively damaged and cracked. You can of course prepare such a product yourself at home.

To prepare the peeling we will need:

– juice from half a lemon
– cane sugar (if we do not have it, we can use plain white sugar)
– a teaspoon of honey

We mix everything together until a homogeneous consistency is formed, apply it to the hands and perform movements similar to washing hands. Repeat the procedure for 5 minutes, then thoroughly wash off the peeling under running water and gently dry your hands with a paper towel.

Soothing

Drinking linseed provides large amounts of omega-3 acid, which soothes inflammation in the body. Linseed can also be used to create a bath for dry, cracked and chapped hands.

To create such a bath , we will need:

– 3 tablespoons of linseed
– a glass of boiling water

Preparation:

pour the water over the seeds, leave to cool and then soak your hands in the decoction for 15 to 20 minutes. After this process, dry your hands with a paper towel.

A bath with linseed covers the skin with a protective film, it also soothes small wounds and regenerates the skin of the hands.

SOFTENING

In turn, the common problem with dry cuticles around the nails can be solved by rubbing olive oil into this area. This improves the condition of the nails and softens the cuticles. Systematic oil treatment of cuticles after a month brings excellent results.

REMOVING DISCOLOURATION

The frequently appearing stains on the nail plate are caused by applying the coloured varnish directly to the plate. It happens that we forget about an important step, i.e. applying a base to protect the nail plate from such staining. In the fight against this type of problem, rubbing lemon with baking soda into the nail plate will work well.

Cut the lemon in half or in quarters, then pour baking soda on it and rub it into the plate for 1 minute on one nail. Then rinse with lukewarm water and gently dry the plate.

MOISTURIZING

Generally available moisturizing hand preparations can make everyday care easier. When buying hand creams, you should pay attention to their composition. Most importantly, they should be based on butter or vegetable oils, and should also contain natural moisturizing substances such as glycerine and urea. It is good if the cream also contains vitamins A, C and E, which protect against free radicals and enhance the skin’s lightening process. Creams should not contain parabens, silicones, artificial substances or fragrances.

Remember about basic activities such as daily hand moisturizing or wearing gloves during home chores, especially when using intensive, chemical cleaning agents. This will protect our hands from accelerated aging or the resulting discoloration.

Katarzyna Bojanowska
Spa therapist