As we mature our hands need a bit more tender care. Hand care becomes as important as face care to keep them looking beautiful. Nails and hands can be cared for in lots of ways.
When doing a home manicure start by removing old polish with an acetone free nail polish remover. Rinse hands in warm water and massage a hand exfoliator all over hands and nails and around the cuticles and in-between fingers. Rinse off and pat dry.
Hand exfoliator recipe
Mix one tablespoon of granular white or Demerara sugar with half a tablespoon of olive oil. Spoon the mixture into the palm of dry hands and massage in well not forgetting in between the fingers. (Rinse off)
Apply one drop of warm cuticle oil or cuticle cream and massage around the cuticle and nail plate. Use a cuticle tool or orange stick to gently push the cuticles back and unstick them from the nail plate. Rinse your nails in warm soapy water. Regular cuticle massage will prevent hangnails forming and skin splitting around the nail.
Trim the nails, if necessary, with nail clippers rather than scissors. Scissors tend to split the nails so I don’t recommend them. Use a soft flexible emery board to file across the top of each nail. File the nail in one direction only from side to centre, do not use a sawing action because this can cause the nails to split and peel, as do metal nail files. Use the edge of the emery board to smooth away any surplus bits of filed nail.
If you wish to paint your nails degrease them first with a cotton pad soaked in an acetone free nail polish remover.
Apply a base coat to each nail from base to tip and allow to dry for a minute or two. Apply two coats of your chosen colour allowing a few minutes between each coat for the colour to dry and finish with a clear top coat.
Having a professional manicure will help to keep hands in tip top shape.
Apply a thick layer of hand cream to hands and put each hand into a cotton glove. After 10 minutes remove gloves and massage any excess cream into hands and up your forearms. This is best before bedtime when skin cells renew themselves.
Handy tips for beautiful hands
- Don’t use nails as tools e.g. removing staples, scraping.
- Wear an SPF, minimum factor 15, when not indoors to protect hands from sun damage and age spots.
- Wear gloves in winter to protect them from the harsh cold winds and prevent chapping.
- Always apply hand cream after washing your hands or having them in water.
- Regularly use a cuticle oil or cream at bedtime to nourish the cuticles. Don’t cut cuticles with scissors or nippers, hang nails can be trimmed.
- Always wear protective gloves to do cleaning, washing up dishes and gardening. Harsh chemicals can be very drying on the hands.
Written by Joyce Connor www.bridesandbeauty.co.uk