Our hands go through a lot every day, representing the accounts of daily rituals as every hand is skilled and expert of its kind; a beautician’s hands, a chef’s hands, a teacher’s and a corporate employee’s etc. With the ascending years of age, these hands no longer remain young, losing the softness and suppleness of youth. The fat cushions disappear and fine lines and wrinkles start appearing.
One does not have to go the extra mile to take care of one’s hands. With easy home-based remedies, incorporating natural and convenient ingredients, your hands will be able to resist the factors that give them an aged and mature look.
Always keep your hands moisturized. You can buy one of those fancy creams, lotions or serums or save some money and indulge in the simple luxury of coconut oil, olive oil, or Shea butter cream.
You can make your own version of Cocoa Butter by mixing at least four tablespoons of cocoa butter with an equal amount of beeswax in a container. Add almond oil to this mixture and let it solidify. Use it leisurely on your hands whenever required.
Another amazing recipe for softer hands is a mixture of lemon juice, glycerin, and rose water. The mixture can be stored for as long as you want but the amazing softness it delivers to your hands would not leave an amount enough, for a duration long enough to require storage. Glycerin is a great humectant, retaining moisture while the lemon juice clears your skin of any discoloration, spots or sunburns. Rose water imparts a lovely scent to your hands. The result is beautiful and fine looking hands that are soft to touch.
Scrubbing helps remove and discard dead cells from the skin, be it facial, hands’ or feet. Scrubbing increases the local blood supply and aids in cell regeneration and increased cell turn over. There are many ingredients, which can be found in your pantry that would make the perfect scrubbing items for your hands.
The primary scrubbing agent is salt or powdered sugar. Mix it with an oily base as coconut or olive oil and add a few drops of lemon juice. Scrub your hands at least once a week to see the effects. Lemon juice imparts a gentle bleaching effect that lightens all kinds of discolorations with time.
For softening your hands, take gram flour and mix it with a little yogurt or cream. The scrub will not only exfoliate but also delivers deep moisturizing effects.
Make a soak cum scrub for your hands by mixing half a cup of warm milk, two teaspoons of sugar, two teaspoons of lemon juice and few drops of any essential oil. This soak is best for dry and damaged hands, let your hands soak in it for ten minutes, scrub your hands with the mixture and wash with lukewarm water.
Massaging is an effective way to let the ingredients penetrate deep into your skin, thereby delivering lasting results.
Massaging can be done as a part of a moisturizing ritual. Use coconut oil or olive oil to massage your hands. Do not forget to massage the nail beds and cuticles to make them softer. Massage will not only soften and moisturize your hands but also strengthen the nails.
Treat your hands to a pack
Once a week, apply a pack of fresh ingredients to deliver a glow to your hands. Mix honey and orange juice in amounts so as to make a paste. Apply the paste for few minutes before rinsing it off. It particularly imparts a soft feel to your hands.
Onion juice and vinegar is an effective remedy to banish fine lines and wrinkles off your hands. Do it regularly and see the difference yourself.
Using paraffin on your hands is another way to keep them supple and soft. Melt paraffin in a pan and when it is warm and tolerable enough for you, dip your hands one by one in it so as to coat them completely with the wax. Immediately afterward, wear disposable plastic gloves on your hands (you will need a helping hand for this) and leave the wax on for fifteen minutes. Remove the wax along with the gloves and watch the instant uplift achieved with this simple procedure.