It has come to my attention that there is something unusual about the weather at the moment. No, not the cold, bitter feeling that you get when you step outside to go to work at some ungodly hour, or the sad news of the storms happening in America. The thing I refer to is yellow, bright, requires an application of glasses on one’s face and can often be found surrounded by blue sky! Yes, of course, the thing I refer to is the sunshine!
This can only mean one thing – Spring is finally around the corner and the smell of summer is in the air! With the clocks going forward this weekend (boo to an hour less sleep!) it means the nights will be getting longer and it will soon be time for barbecues. It also means that it is time to get the vest tops out and put the gloves, scarves and hats back in the drawer until later in the year. I don’t know if it just me, but after months of wearing gloves, I have somewhat neglected to care for my hands – my nails are breaking more easily and my skin feels dry, regardless of how much handcream I apply. So I thought today I would give you my ‘SOS Survival Guide‘ for the best hand and nail care to prepare you for Summer – and it can all be done from the comfort of your own home!
(Men and children note – this might be a splendid idea to treat Mum this Sunday as it is Mother’s Day!)
Summer can be especially harsh for the hands – they face constant exposure to the merciless rays of the sun. It is also the time when you plan various summer escapes when you often find yourselves at the beach, or hiking, cycling, driving, and it’s your hands that take the maximum sun abuse. It is very important to take care of your hands as much as you would pamper your facial skin. Equally important is to make sure your hands stay hydrated and looking fresh during summer months.
- Moisturise your hands after every wash. Even if you wash with plain water, moisturise them. During summer, use water based moisturiser to keep them from sweating.
- You must apply sun cream liberally on your hands at least 15 minutes before you step out. Also, keep a small bottle of sun cream handy so that you can reapply as and when needed.
- Don’t use harsh soaps and chemicals without wearing protective gloves. When out in the garden, whether tending to plants or playing with your pets, gardening or regular cotton gloves will help keep damaging rays away from your hands, save your nails and reduce the occurrence of age spots.
- Use a good heavy cream at night to moisturise your hands. You don’t need expensive brands, just regular good moisturising cream such as Woods of Windsor Lily of the Valley Hand & Body Lotion. It is better to use a cheaper brand generously than use an expensive one miserly. Your hands will thank you profusely.
- Get a manicure. If you can’t afford the time or money to go to a spa, then follow these easy steps at home. It will take about 15-20 minutes of your time, but trust me, it will be well worth it…….
- Take warm water in a deep big size bowl, squeeze a tsp. of lemon juice, and immerse your hands up to your wrist. Keep them in for 5 minutes.
- Use a good scrub to nicely scrub your hand. You can either use a store bought scrub or make your own scrub. Make sure to work around your nails. Rinse.
- Clip and file your nails. Remove any dead skin from under the nails.
- Take 1 tsp. of olive oil, put in one capsule of Vitamin E oil, and warm it. Massage your hands with this for 5 minutes.
- Now buff your nails with a buffer. Push your cuticles on the nails with a cuticle pusher. Give your nails a final shine. Apply some cuticle oil. Rinse your fingers.
- Apply base coat such as ‘Essie Rock Solid Ultra Strength Base Coat‘. Let it dry for a minute and then apply polish.
Last, but not least…..Rub the juice of the following vegetables while working in the kitchen – potato, tomato, cucumber, papaya. You can also make a quick pack of milk powder, a few drops of oil, 1/4th tsp. of sugar and puree of any fruit. Apply on your hands and rinse off after 10 minutes. Apply moisturiser.
It’s not very difficult to take care of your hands. Take care of them as they take care of you. Your beautiful hands will give back ten folds…..I promise!
Enjoy the sunshine!
Lots of Love