Most of the time we don’t get enough time to go beauty parlor to take care of hands and feet and this is a matter of money. So, let’s know how to take care of hand and feet at home.
Take care of hands and feet
Apart from working for us, hands are a vital part of the sense of touch and an important means of expressing our emotions so it’s only fair that they are given the attention they deserve.
Similarly, feet are no less important to us in everyday life, but, unlike hands, are usually covered up out of sight and pushed into ill-fitting shoes, or the wrong kind of stockings or socks.
As such they are particularly prone to minor ailments. But both hands and feet can be kept looking and feeling their best if you follow a simple routine of care and attention.
Whether you’re a man or a woman give your hands some attention and they will soon respond.
Hand cream really does improve the appearance of your hands, especially if used daily, by softening hard, rough skin. It also provides a barrier against harm through daily tasks in fact; barrier cream should always be used when tackling particularly dirty or greasy jobs.
Wearing rubber gloves, especially if your hands come into a lot of contact with hot water and harsh detergents, will also protect the hands and prevent the skin from becoming dry and sore. Sprinkle a little talcum powder inside them so they are easy to get on and off.
Get into the habit of giving yourself a weekly manicure, which will not only make your hands look good but will also help you combat those noting problems which always seem to arise when you are trying to grow your nails, for instance, chipping, splitting, peeling and cracking.
If your nails persistently split and chip they probably need strengthening, and regular use of one of the many nail hardeners on the market should soon toughen them up.
Take care of feet
Look after your feet and they’ll look after you by making walking a joy and not a painful misery. Start by giving yourself a weekly pedicure. Soak your feet in a bowl of fairly hot water-mustard added to the water is very soothing. Dry your feet carefully, particularly between your toes.
Get rid of any rough skin by using a pumice stone, a rough-skin reducer file, or rough-skin remover cream. Using nail clippers, clip your toenails straight across to prevent in-growing toenails.
A foot massage will relax muscles and improve circulation. Choose a special softening lotion or some hand cream. Use both hands to rub in the cream gently over your feet, massaging upwards from the toes to the ankles, so that you are following the blood flow. Massage your feet until they feel relaxed and the cream has been absorbed.
Common foot problems
Corns are a very common foot problem and can be extremely painful. They are caused by friction and pressure from badly fitting shoes on the skin of the foot. If the pressure is maintained over a long period, the skin builds up until it is hard and dead.
The nucleus (core) or the corn is pushed upwards into the soft living under-flesh and causes pain by pressing on a nerve.
Well-fitting shoes are a must if corns are to be discouraged, but if the damage has already been done, wear a corn pad which will relieve the pressure and thereby ease the pain. If this doesn’t help to get rid of the corn, visit a chiropodist and have it removed.
Calluses are also hard, dead areas of skin, but unlike corns, they have no nucleus. They are found mainly on the ball of the foot and can cause a nasty burning sensation when standing up. Medicated pads can soften the skin, but as with all foot complaints, if it persists, visit a chiropodist.
Bunions are caused by wearing shoes that are too pointed or too short, and soaks and stockings that are too small in the feet. In these conditions, the joint of the big toe becomes prominent and enlarged and gives the ugly, protruding look of a bunion.
Temporary relief from the pain can be relieved with a bunion lotion or shield, but professional advice should be sought for a cure.
Foot odor is annoying and unpleasant but it’s not a serious complaint. To prevent it, make sure that your feet are washed daily and then powdered with a medicated foot powder.
Wear cotton socks rather then synthetic types and, if possible, leather shoes because these are natural materials and will allow the feet to breathe and discourage sweating. There are foot deodorants available on the market which can also help prevent excessive sweating and odor.
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