Having a beautiful manicure done may give you the feeling of a well deserved pampering, but your hard working hands may not be receiving the care they deserve. Our hands go through rigorous activity all day long, and for some the effects of dust, bacteria, and harsh chemicals can take a toll on our skin. Give your hands the care and attention they deserve by following these tips:
Guard Against Harsh Chemicals
Exposure to chemicals and detergents in household cleaning products can take a toll on hands and dry out and irritate sensitive skin. Look for gloves that are designed to keep hands looking their best. Gloves that have multiple layers of neoprene provide better protection versus ordinary latex gloves, from the harsh chemicals found in common household cleaning products. If you're doing dirty work on a daily basis, be sure to get into the habit of wearing gloves every time you clean.
Anti-bacterials will come in Handy
Every day our hands touch things covered in germs and micro-bacteria. Whether it's a keyboard, doorknobs, snotty children, or even your cell phone, bacteria is always lurking around the corner. By using soaps with ant-bacterial properties, you not only reduce the risk of spreading germs, but also of reducing infections to the skin through scratches or cuts you may have not noticed. If you plan to use hand sanitizer, be sure to use a good moisturizer right away to prevent dryness. Most hand sanitizers are alcohol based and can therefore dry your skin out very quickly.
Lock in the Moisture
Applying moisturizer to damp skin immediately after a shower or bath allows skin to seal in the moisturizer. Choose a moisturizer that's effective and safe for sensitive skin, and free of potentially irritating fragrances or dyes.
Protect Your Hands from the Cold
Your hands are your ultimate accessory and you'll want them to look good in any season. Wearing gloves whenever you're outdoors in cold weather will help your manicures last longer and keep your nails from becoming brittle.
Take Your Hands to the Spa
If regular visits to the spa are out of your budget, try this DIY at home method. Warm a cup of milk in the microwave for 30 seconds (or until warm but comfortable to the touch). Soak your hands for five minutes to strengthen nails and hydrate skin.
Following a few simple tips may be all it takes to keep your hands beautiful and give your manicures a fully finished look.