So the winters are right around the corner, and you know what that means? Apart from gorgeous fall wardrobes, all the dry skinned beauties will have to gear up big time for the coming months. Now while our feet are going to be safely ensconced in socks for the next four months, it’s our hands we need to pay attention to. That’s if you don’t want a pair of bony creepers like mine. Read on to find out how:
Get your diet right: Nails tend to become weak and brittle and start doing all kinds of unacceptable things, like splitting and developing ridges on the nail bed. Now, nobody wants to ruin their manicure before it’s time, so make sure you’re intake includes plenty of Vitamin- B and Calcium rich foods like nuts, fish, eggs and dairy products (obviously) to get those flawless, healthy nails.
Wear gloves: No, I’m not talking about when you go out. I’m talking about when you’re home and washing dishes or cleaning. Disposable surgical gloves are easily affordable and available, or you could just invest in a sturdy pair of leather gloves. Household chores can make your hands look worn and wrinkled and all that cleaning soap isn’t good for your skin. So stop putting your poor hands through all that torture and wear gloves!
Pre, during and post bath care: Use a paste of haldi, besan, and lemon juice on your hands before you shower. Leave it on for twenty minutes and then gently scrub it off while you shower. This helps de-tan and remove dead skin from your hands. Use mild, soap free, shower gels that will not dry your hands out and always moisturize while they’re still damp to lock in moisture. You could also try keeping your hands in a bowl full of warm water for fifteen minutes followed by a moisturizer for softer skin.
Focus on nails: Don’t leave your nails out during your moisturizing routine. Make sure you work the moisturizer into your nails and cuticles as well. Always keep them clean and trimmed; nobody wants to see dirty long talons. While painting your nails, give them some time to breathe in between or they become dull and yellow and never use bad quality nail polish that dyes them a certain colour and is impossible to remove.
Invest in hand-specific products: A lot of us may think that what works for the rest of our body should work fine for our hands as well. Except that our hands are constantly being exposed to a lot of wear and tear and they get the worst of the elements. So it’s a good idea to invest in hand, nail and cuticle creams that are made specifically for this purpose.