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Make Things With Your Hands

Natascha Chtena is a PhD student in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. You can follow her on Twitter @nataschachtena.

When was the last time that you made something with your hands, like a cake, a painting or a scarf? Do you remember how it felt to create something, finish it, look at it and enjoy it? Even if your creation was far from perfect, it likely felt very, very good.

Everyone I know who spends a good amount of time time creating with their hands – be it cooking, growing vegetables, building, knitting or any sort of working with raw materials really – describes making as “therapy” and as essential to their well-being. Research also shows that making things with your hands is great for decreasing stress, relieving anxiety and improving mental health.

In addition, research confirms that making things with your hands is a large part of finding your flow, and flow is highly correlated with happiness. Unfortunately, our modern world makes it very hard to find that rhythm where we can, free of distraction, just focus on the task at hand – where we can just turn off our minds (and phones) and be present in the moment.

For those of us in academia it’s a double challenge: it’s not just that as a society we spend more and more time invested in online experiences, but also that we as scholars don’t get to see the tangible results of our work.

Of course we write papers and we occasionally even publish them in very fancy journals, but they never really feel finished in the same way a herb garden or strawberry pie does – there’s always something missing, something you didn’t quite finish, something you could have done better. That little confidence-booster you get from seeing how “crafty” you are isn’t really part of the deal.

For us, more perhaps than for other types of workers, the physicality of DIY projects and the clear specificity of what they require of us, can be rejuvenating, essential even.

So how does one become a maker? A little hint: it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process, a slow one and very personal too.

If you’re into the idea but feeling overwhelmed, here’s a little advice to get you going:

Don’t confuse handicraft with chores.

Making, as wide a spectrum as it can encompass, isn’t about routine chores or tasks. It’s about the love of the craft – the pure joy of creating something from zero.

There’s a difference between rushing home after a day in the lab to throw together a quick dinner before you faint, and savoring the experience of baking the best banana pie you can possibly bring into existence. The same goes for making your own home repairs to save money versus making your own home décor crafts to add personal accents to your place.

And, obviously, if you hate cooking, then chopping veggies is unlikely to send you into flow!

Pick something relevant.

If you just pick an activity because it sounds cool in theory, you likely won’t be able to stick with it very long. Instead, take a look at your life and think about parts you’d like to improve. Are there things you enjoy but can’t afford readymade? Are there products you’re using that aren’t quite meeting your needs? Things you’d like to improve?

For instance, I met someone at a party recently who started brewing their own beer because they were after a flavor they couldn’t find in stores. Similarly, I have a friend who uses her handmade jewelry as a personal trademark and sells them for some extra cash. Another friend, to whom living an environmentally friendly life is very important, makes her own natural cleaning products.

Personally, I’m always looking for excuses to spend more time in the kitchen, though I tend to focus on things I can’t afford or can’t tolerate readymade. For example, I love soaking in my bathtub and bath bombs are one of my favorite things to use when I’m overwhelmed or stressed. However, good, natural bath bombs can be very expensive and, unless I make my own, I can’t enjoy them regularly. I’m also a big fan of pickled anything, but have trouble tolerating the spices most pickled veggies come with, so making them from scratch is my only option. I also like pickled snacks that are hard to find in stores in the first place, such as pickled papaya and pickled strawberries (yuuumm).

Keep it simple.

Making your own furniture sure sounds fulfilling and all, but it’s also massively time consuming and difficult to try out without making a huge investment in tools (unless you’re lucky to live near a makerspace with woodwork equipment, of course). Likewise, winemaking from grapes is something you probably can’t pull off if you live in the city but alternative wines, like elderflower or walnut, are easy to make without any fancy equipment and they add a nice touch to social gatherings.

Generally speaking, baking, brewing, gardening, DIY body-care, home crafts and accessories are a good (i.e. realistic) starting point for most of us. So start small, and once you get the hang of it, slowly start making bigger and more elaborate things.

For instance, I got started by brewing my plain kombucha, then I added a second fermentation where I started infusing the brew with herbs and fruits, and then I slowly moved on to other fermented drinks and vegetables. I also didn’t just throw out all my commercial body care products, but took one step at a time, starting with tooth paste, then trying deodorant, then bath bombs etc.

The most important thing is to just get started: Try it once, take it slow and don’t be intimidated! I think there’s a part of us that is wired to make, so once you get your feet wet, you’ll find it easy, natural even, to wade further in.

Personally, the more I make the more I crave making, and it’s become such a big part of my work-life balance. It provides a major relief from the immateriality of knowledge work, and it fulfills my need to create and share things that I have put my love and time in.

Further resources:

25 Essentials That Are Better And Cheaper To Make At Home

The Lost Art of Scratch Cooking

101 DIY Projects How To Make Your Home Better Place For Living

39 Coolest Kids Toys You Can Make Yourself

40+ Epic DIY Gadgets To Build For Geeks

17 incredible DIY gadget projects

Pinterest (my favorite)

What do you make with your hands? Let us know in the comments below!

Get gorgeous nails for summertime without all the nasty chemicals.

You don’t have to visit the salon on a regular basis in order to have beautiful nails. The combination of a well-balanced diet, a thoughtful beauty regimen, and good personal hygiene can give you salon-worthy nails at a fraction of the cost and chemical burden.

1. Use moisturizer

When rubbing lotion or oil into your hands, make sure you work it into the cuticles and nails, too. Regular handwashing or use of hand sanitizer can dry out the skin and nail bed quickly, so try to moisturize after every wash, if possible. Coconut oil is excellent for rubbing into your nails and cuticles.

2. Care for your cuticles

Avoid having your cuticles trimmed during a manicure. Cuticles are meant to be a barrier for bacteria, and cutting them can lead to painful infections. You can moisten and push them back with a cuticle pusher, and trim away only dead pieces of skin.

If you’re planning on having a conventional manicure done, then at least protect your cuticles by dabbing with olive oil or almond oil prior, in order to reduce the amount of chemical that soaks in from the polish.

3. Avoid using harsh polish

Nail polish typically contains very toxic chemicals such as toluene, dibutyl phthalate, dimethyl and diethyl phthalates, camphor, and formaldehyde. Fortunately, companies such as OPI, Orly, Sally Hansen, and Revlon make some polishes that do not contain these chemicals, but make sure you read the label carefully before purchasing. You can also buy water-based polishes, which don’t last as long but are the safest option out there.

4. Seek out alternatives

There are companies now making less toxic polishes and removers. Check out the following list and take your favorite color along when you go to the salon for your next pedicure.

Suncoat

Scotch Naturals

Acquarella

SpaRitual

Deborah Lippman

Priti

No-Miss Nail Care

5. Buff instead of color

It may not be as fancy or eye-catching as color, but a bit of buffing can go a long ways. Take the time to trim, file, and buff your nails properly and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how great they can look, despite being au naturel. Never saw back and forth with a file because that can weaken your nails. Always file from the outside edge of the nail inward.

6. Choose a good remover

You can get acetone-free remover almost anywhere, which is less harsh on your nails. Priti sells a remover made entirely from soy and corn, and No-Miss has one called Almost Natural that contains fruit acids and vanilla.

7. Make a natural nail-strengthening treatment

This recipe comes from a book called There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by Gill Deacon.

Mix: 2 tsp castor oil, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp wheat germ oil. Mix and keep in a sealed bottle. Rub a small amount onto your nails. Leave for 3 to 5 minutes. Wipe off. Makes enough for 20 to 30 applications.

8. Eat well

Diet is very important to maintaining healthy nails. Protein is crucial, as are omega-3 fatty acids. Eating foods with vitamin B reduces brittleness; zinc gets rid of white spots; iron prevents ridges from forming; calcium keeps them strong; vitamins A and C prevents dullness and drying. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

A lot of women dream of having beautiful, soft and feminine hands. Unfortunately, due to the everyday demands that require the use of those extremities, some women struggle to keep their hands looking and feeling beautiful. Women often experience overdrying of the skin on their hands due to unprotected use of household cleaning solutions and just the general task of daily hand washing. Feminine-looking hands, however, are possible with the right care.

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Wash your hands with moisturizing soap and warm water to remove all dirt and oil.

Fill a small bowl with warm water, and add a few drops of olive oil for extra moisturizer. Soak your hands in the bowl for five minutes.

Put about 1 1/2 tsp. of sugar on your hands with a little of the warm water, and rub your hands together. Rub the sugar all over the front and back of your hands for a few minutes.

Rinse your hands well with warm water, and gently pat them dry with a hand towel.

Apply hand lotion or petroleum jelly to your hands. Allow the skin to absorb most of the application before resuming your normal activities.

Tip

Use gloves when you handle harsh cleaning products, expose your hands to cold temperatures and do chores that involve touching rough surfaces.

For maximum results, moisturize daily, use a treatment such as the one in this article three to four times each week and consume a hair, skin and nails supplement daily.

Avoid smoking. It damages skin’s collagen and blocks the storage of vitamin A, which protects skin.

Hands are exposed to the sun’s rays daily. So apply sunscreen daily to protect them.

Warning

Allow your hands to absorb lotion or petroleum jelly fully before they contact your eyes.

10 Simple Beauty Tips For Hands Prats Hyderabd040-395603080 December 18, 2018

Since our hands are used to carry out most of the chores, they need the pampering and relaxing to look nice and smooth! Listed are ten sure shot ways to get those beautiful looking hands. Here we present you the simplest and best Beauty Tips For Hands that you can easily follow at home.

10 Simple Beauty Tips For Hands

Check out here what are the basic steps you need to follow to get beautiful and soft hands.

1. Moisturise your hands:

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Use a good quality hand moisturiser and apply on hands at least thrice a day after you have washed it thoroughly. In the summers use a light non greasy moisturiser and in the winters opt for something heavier like body butter. Winters tend to dry out the skin, so you can do with the extra moisturising.

2. Pamper the hands:

Indulge in a manicure at least once a month. With a manicure you hands get cleaned, exfoliated and massaged. It’s thorough nourishment that your hands get.

3. Wash your hands:

When you wash your hands, ensure that you wash your hands in lukewarm water all year round. Too hot water or too cold water tends to damage the skin. Never use normal dish soap because it is harsh on the skin and it also dries the skin easily.

4. Scrub:

Scrub your hands at least once a week with a good exfoliating agent to get rid of any dead skin. No time to buy one? Make one at home. Take a teaspoon each of fine sugar and olive oil and mix it well with the juice of half a lime. If you want to try something different, add one drop of your favourite EO and you are done! You have your home made exfoliating scrub ready.

Tip: You can use this scrub without the olive oil too. If you’ve used the oil, wash your hands with a mild soap and lukewarm water. If you’ve used it without the olive oil, just rinse your hands in lukewarm water and pat dry.

5. Massage:

Massage your hands at night for at least five minutes to let the goodness of the moisturiser soak in. For very rough hands, mix your moisturiser with a bit of Vaseline so that they are protected all through the night.

6. Protect your hands:

When you are washing dishes, gardening or carrying out any chore that allows your hand to interact with chemicals, grease or dirt, ensure that you are wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands.

7. File and Trim:

When you file your nails, file them in one direction rather than a seesaw action. A seesaw action can separate the layers of the nail and if water finds its way between those nail layers, it can lead to nail peeling. Trim your nails at least once in two weeks or as required.

8. Paint your nails:

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When you paint your nails, always use a base coat so that your nails are not stained. Using a base-coat will also help the nail-polish last longer.

9. Protect your cuticles:

Use a good quality cuticle cream or oil to prevent the cuticles from roughing out or drying. Looking for an alternative you can do at home? Apply a few drops of glycerine to your hands overnight at least twice a week and wash off with lukewarm water in the morning. You will wake up with softer hands.

10. Eat right:

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What you eat is very important. Proteins, Vitamin B, Vitamin E supplements should be a part of your diet to get healthy, strong nails and to keep your hands supple and soft.

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Wellness Demystified: We Can Help You Discover Optimum Health

Even though beautiful hands take some time and effort, they’re worth it. Hands show your age faster than most other areas of your body. They give the world a glimpse into how you live. To maintain the beauty of your hands, here are five must-do tips.

While your eyes may be the windows to your soul, your hands offer a view into your life. They generally take a lot of abuse from everyday chores and environmental factors, such as handwashing and sunshine, as well as the natural effects of aging.

Taking good care of your skin, whatever your age, will help you grow old more gracefully. This includes paying attention to your hands. To help, here are five great beauty tips for maintaining the beauty of your hands.

Protect Hands from the Elements

While sun exposure can cause wrinkles and dark spots on the visible areas of your body, the back of your hand is particularly susceptible because the skin is thinner and frequently exposed to the elements. Specifically, sun exposure breaks down collagen, the main component of connective tissue that provides firmness and shape. Additionally, extremely cold weather can dry and chap your hands.

To keep the skin on your hands healthy, it’s important to keep it moisturized, especially after washing and during winter months when humidity declines due to cold weather and indoor heating. Choose an emollient-rich soap that contains no irritating additives to help reduce dry skin when you wash and use a hand lotion that won’t zap the moisture in your skin. Find one that contains emollients (to moisturize your skin) and humectants (to draw moisture to your skin). Be sure to apply sunblock afterward to protect against sunburn.

Help Hands Age Gracefully

One of the first places you’re likely to notice aging is on the back of your hand. In fact, your hands often show your age even faster than your face. This is primarily because the skin on the back of your hand is so thin.

Protect your skin from further thinning by protecting it from the sun and making sure to get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. You can find these healthy fatty acids in foods such as fatty fish, like tuna, salmon, and mackerel, as well as walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and canola oil. You may also want to speak with your doctor about adding fish oil supplements to your diet.

Finally, ensure you hydrate sufficiently by drinking plenty of liquids daily. Yes, water is best. However, most health experts agree most non-alcoholic liquids can improve hydration and skin elasticity.

Handle Hands with Care

When it comes to hand care, a defensive posture is best. Whether you’re in the garden, in the kitchen, working on the car, or doing something else, any task you do around the house can result in a hand injury. Take steps to protect your hands.

Beautiful hands also require you to notice any changes in your skin or nails. They can reveal health concerns, such as vitamin or mineral deficiencies. For instance, ridged nails may mean a vitamin B deficiency, while brittle, dry nails may indicate you need calcium. Consult your doctor if you notice changes.

Additionally, don’t forget to exfoliate your hands regularly. You can do this with a simple homemade exfoliant. Sugar or salt mixed with olive or coconut oil will do the job.

Protect Hands with Gloves

One of the most important actions you can take to protect your hands from daily life is to wear gloves – for everything.

For chores that require you to put your hands in water, use plastic or rubber gloves. When you work in the yard, wear gardening gloves. If you do extreme manual labor, wear heavy work gloves. Finally, protect your hands against inclement weather by wearing cold-weather gloves.

Another way to use gloves to care for your hands is while you sleep. Simply wear cloth sleep gloves (available online) overhand cream at night for deep penetration and moisturizing results or use petroleum jelly and white cotton socks for a similar result.

Take Time to Manicure Hands

Many people think of a manicure as a special treat. However, if you want to keep your hands looking beautiful, you’ll need to get a manicure (or do it yourself) more than just occasionally. Here are five tips for doing your own manicure:

  • Soften cuticles for a few minutes in warm water before pushing them back gently with a cuticle tool.
  • File your nails in one direction from the corners to the tip of your nail.
  • Finish your nail by gently filing the tip in one direction.
  • Buff nails with a nail buffer.
  • Moisturize hands afterward, paying particular attention to your nails.

A final thought: Occasionally, take a break from nail polish. Polish can yellow your nails, so go without to give nails time to breathe. Additionally, nail polish remover can dry out your nails. Choose one that is acetone free.

Maintaining beautiful hands isn’t difficult. You just need to build their care into your regular routine and follow these five tips for keeping your hands looking good.

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Get Soft And Beautiful Hands Naturally! Your Daily Hand Care Routine Is Here

Which part of our body gets the maximum attention right after our face? Yes, the hands! However, the irony is that they are also one of the most neglected areas of our body. Just ask yourself, do you really care for them as much as you use them? The answer will definitely be a big ‘NO’. So, it is time to show some extra love to that heavy-duty organ and make them look pretty and young. Today, let us talk about how to get soft and beautiful hands at home.

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Daily Regimen To Get Soft And Beautiful Hands

Your hands do so much for you. Can’t you spend just ten minutes every day to care for them? You can actually follow some very simple steps to get soft and beautiful hands at home. In fact, there is no need for visiting the salon for getting a manicure done all the time. Then, why wait till your hands start showing signs of lack of attention? Start following your daily hand care regimen right from today. Here we tell you how:

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1. Clean And Wash Hands Thoroughly

Sounds quite easy, right? After all, we all tend to wash our hands many times a day. But here comes the importance of following the right method of cleaning and washing. Use a good handwash and be as thorough as possible. Make sure that the handwash you use multiple times throughout the day is a mild and gentle one. It is even better to find a hydrating formula infused with herbal ingredients so that it does not strip the natural moisture of your skin. Using too hot water can also dry out your skin. So, always use tepid water while washing your hands.

2. Try The One-Minute Magic Scrub

Your hand has a lot of dead skin cells just like your face and they also need to be exfoliated regularly. For this, you can either use a good store-bought body scrub or simply make your own natural version at home. Take a tsp. of sugar crystals, half a tsp. of olive oil. and half a tsp. of lemon juice onto your palm, mix them well and smooth it out on both of your hands. Focus on the backsides of palms as well as the elbows. Rub in circular motions for a minute and wash the scrub off. Pat dry with a soft towel. In this mixture, sugar acts as the scrubbing agent, olive oil moisturizes the skin, and lemon juice lightens its tone. Thus, doing this at least twice a week can give you softer and lighter hands.

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3. Moisturize With A Hand Cream

Be it washing or scrubbing, follow it up with a generous dose of moisturization every day. A light yet super hydrating hand cream will give you the best results. However, do not use the cream when you still have your chores pending. Once you wrap up with all the work, apply the hand cream all over your hands and massage it into them nicely. Make sure that you rub the fingers and the cuticles as well and let the hands rest for half an hour. This will hydrate the skin by inducing enough moisture into it, thereby neutralizing the effects of hard work from your hands.

4. Soften And Lighten Weekly

If you want to give your hands a smooth, even-toned, and totally rejuvenated look, give it a salon-like manicure treatment at home. Start by dipping your hands into a cup of lukewarm water infused with a mild shampoo and some olive oil at least for 10 minutes. Use a soft brush to remove any dirt accumulated in your nails. Also, trim and shape them up as per your preference. Then, make a natural lightening hand mask by mixing 1 tsp. of honey, 1 tsp. of lemon juice, and 2 tsps. of baking soda together. Apply this paste all over your hands with the help of a lemon-half and scrub well in small circular motions. Rinse thoroughly after 2 minutes. Keep doing it once every week and your hands will become softer, lighter, and brighter in no time.

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Nails become brittle due to the lack of calcium and the nail beds can get ridged if there is an absence of vitamin B. So, consume a well-balanced diet to keep your nails beautiful.

5. Focus On Nighttime Renewal

It is only during the night when your hands get complete rest as you sleep. So, every night before going to bed, wash your hands well and slather a good hand cream or petroleum jelly on them. Do not skip your fingers and pull each of them gently as you massage it. Rub some cream on the nails and cuticles too. Finally, rub your palms together to improve circulation and massage until the cream is absorbed well. The cream will help in rejuvenating your skin in the night and will keep your hands baby soft despite all the work done through the day. It will also help your nails grow better.

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Other Things To Remember

While taking care of hands is essential to make them beautiful, there are also some precautions that can be taken to prevent their condition from getting worse. Here is what you need to know:

  1. If you have a sensitive skin, it is advisable that you wear gloves while doing the dishes or other cleaning jobs at home.
  2. Never forget to apply sunscreen all over the open parts of your hands.
  3. If you have the issue of chronic dryness of skin, always keep a hand cream or petroleum jelly handy. Also, wear gloves at night after applying the hand cream.
  4. Include nutritious food in your diet so that your skin gets vital vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in adequate amounts.

It does not even take ten minutes of your time each day to show some tender care to your hands. So, show them some love and turn them soft and beautiful.

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Sonia Kashuk’s Guide to Pretty Hands and Feet

What makes a hand or a foot beautiful? Like any other body part, it should be well taken care of. The nails should be healthy, strong, and well-manicured, and the skin, because it gets such heavy use in these areas, needs constant moisturizing. Here, celebrity beauty guru Sonia Kashuk covers ways to get your nails summer ready.

If your nails are thin or weak, take vitamins with iron and use nail protein as a base coat. You can also use a nail strengthener—look for one made without formaldehyde, which can make nails dry and brittle.

Nails don’t have to be long to be beautiful. The shape is what counts. I recommend a natural shape that’s not completely rounded or squared. Cuticles have a shape. They should be rounded in toward, not straight across, the nail bed. But don’t cut them to shape them—this may cause them to split, tear, or become infected. Push them back instead.

Tonenails vs. Fingernails: The Split Personality
When it comes to nail polish, toes are the extroverts. Women typically go for natural colors on their fingernails, but they’re more daring with toes because feet are far away from the face and don’t compete with makeup. Fire engine red or aubergine look particularly great with a strappy pair of sandals, and don’t forget fun brights for the summer!

Tips

  1. To do a quickie manicure, use natural shades because they don’t show mistakes as easily.
  2. To find out what colors are trendy, go to your local nail salon and see which bottles are almost empty.
  3. If you’re sporting brighter shades of nail polish, keep nails on the shorter side.

How to Get a Professional Manicure or Pedicure at Home
No doubt about it: professional manicures and pedicures are relaxing. Just having your hands and feet cared for by another person is powerfully therapeutic. But if you’re not in the mood to splurge, you can also do it yourself at home.

Tools

  • Aromatic oils
  • Exfoliator
  • Lotion
  • Non-acetone polish remover
  • Orangewood stick (instead of plastic)
  • Real cotton balls

Step-by-Step

  1. Take off old polish. Use a non-acetone remover because it is easier on your nails and skin, and doesn’t have any harsh vapors.
  2. File your nails. Try not to file the sides too much — it can cause hangnails and weaken your nails.
  3. Soak in warm water. Soak hands for two to three minutes, and feet for five minutes. Since soap can be drying, use scented salts or essential oils instead. If your feet are callused, use a pumice stone when feet are wet and use a foot file after they are dry. If you do this once a day, calluses won’t build up.
  4. Condition cuticles. Use oil (if you don’t have cuticle oil use olive oil or baby oil), then gently push back the cuticle with an orangewood stick to get a really nice shape. Optional step: Use an exfoliator to slough off dry skin, then rinse and put on lotion.
  5. Give yourself a massage. Slather hands and feet with a good vitamin E-enriched lotion. Use a non-acetone polish remover to clean the nail bed, wiping off any remaining cuticle oil or massage lotion (the surface can’t be greasy when you apply polish). Clean under the nail too, with an orangewood stick wrapped with cotton and dipped in the remover. I prefer wood because it’s kinder to the tender skin under the nail. Plastic is okay in a pinch — but if your remover has acetone, the plastic will melt.
  6. Apply nail strengthener. Or use a regular base coat. This protective layer is especially important if you’re using dark polish (intense pigment can permanently stain nails).
  7. Apply two layers of nail color. Polish the ends of your nails, too, for extra wear.
  8. Apply a clear top coat. Touch the ends with this, too—if your nail was a shiny new car, this would be the front bumper. Let dry and show off your gorgeous hands and feet!

Sonia Kashuk’s book, Real Beauty, is available at bookstores nationwide.

Have you ever wondered why some people have such beautiful soft hands while yours look tired and dry? While it may not be easy to tell someone’s age by looking at their face, your hands are usually very revealing.

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Follow these tips to keep your hands in the best shape.

1. Moisturise

Good moisturisers can help prevent or treat dry skin on your hands. They hold that needed water in the outer layer of skin, making your hands smoother and softer. After washing, rather than using a lotion that will quickly dry out, use a good hand-cream that is longer lasting.

2. Maintain daily

The same way you take care of your face, make hand care a daily priority and develop a routine. After you shower, gently push back your cuticles with a hand towel and trim any snags on the side of your nails. Carry an emery board in your bag to handle any nail-care emergencies. If your hands get very dry, use a rich moisturising cream before you sleep; or soak your hands in olive oil for a few minutes.

3. Use gentle soaps

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If you can, avoid harsh soaps and use non-drying soaps, which have added moisturisers such as Dove.

4. Use gloves

Protect your hands from unnecessary exposure. Wear gloves anytime you plan to use harsh cleaning products, or when gardening. Dish washing soaps and liquids are usually harsh on the hands. Always wear gloves when washing clothes as prolonged exposure to soap and water will dry out your hands and weaken your nails. In cold weather protect your hands from drying out by wearing gloves.

5. See a professional

If you can afford it, have a professional manicure done at least once a month. A good manicurist can suggest any products you may need to keep your hands at their best.

6. Protect your fingernails

Don’t bite your fingernails. Don’t cut cuticles, push them back too far or use chemicals on them. If nails become discoloured, stop using polish for a while. The acetone in nail polish remover can damage nails, so use it sparingly.

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