Hands are used in all the gestures of our daily lives: taking care of them is an imponderable.
The skin of the hands
The hand is located at the end of the arms, articulated by the wrist. Its role is to manipulate objects and have a sense of touch. It also has an expression function for people communicating with sign language or blind people to read Braille. The hand can be affected by skin problems such as dry skin, roughness, cracks.
These are the parts of the body most exposed to external aggressions because they are in contact with everything. The lipid layer of the skin of the hands is much thinner than that of the face and their sebaceous glands are not enough to make a natural protective film. In addition, it will lose its tone over time revealing aging. It is therefore important to protect them against aggressions, especially the two most important: the sun and the cold.
Hand beauty routine
To have soft hands, take care of them!
- Clean your hands: Whether you use a liquid or solid soap, it should be based on natural ingredients, a mild soap that respects hands and nails, or a neutral soap. Avoid chemicals and stay away from household products. Hands are in great demand for all everyday gestures and especially the household.
- The wearing of gloves is recommended and the use of natural products, hypoallergenic, and respectful of sensitive hands. Also avoid water that is too hot for the hands which will cause dry skin and softness in the nails.
- Scrubs: The hand scrub will get rid of dead cells and make your hands soft and beautiful. You can use fine salt with a little olive oil and lemon juice for example or coffee grounds. Rub your hands together and rinse with clean water.
- Masks: the skin of the hands, like that of the face, needs appropriate care. The mask will protect the hands from external aggressions. You can use olive oil with honey and lemon juice. Honey and lemon have an anti-aging effect. Celery essential oil can be beneficial against brown spots.
- Moisturize your skin: hand hydration is essential especially in winter to avoid cracking and irritation. We try to moisturize the hands as much as possible. Enjoy leaving the heavy cream on overnight. Use rather oily natural creams, balm or shea butter when massaging. And in the day a cream that penetrates quickly so lighter.
If you have problems with cracks , use a moisturizing balm like organic hand cream, shea butter, or vegetable oils like regenerating rosehip oil or apricot or hazelnut oil. Other oils like olive oil, sweet almond oil, or sesame oil can also be interesting and more economical. You can mix shea butter and vegetable oils. Do not hesitate to add essential oils to this mixture such as the essential oil of true lavender, helichrysum or rosat geranium. You can apply this mixture on the hands or feet for that matter several times a day.
The feet carry us all day. They are located at the end of the leg and are articulated thanks to the ankles. They allow us to walk and run. It has two functions: damping and propulsion.
The skin of the feet
The skin of the feet is fragile. They are often locked in shoes and do not breathe much. Depending on the shoes you wear, the feet will be more or less comfortable. High heels can cause friction for example. Calluses may appear. If the shoes are opened, the skin of the feet can dry out, it hardens and thickens to become hard. As there is no sebum on the skin of the feet, it is essential to provide them with good hydration on a daily basis.
Hydration of the feet
To have well-hydrated feet, it is important to massage them every day with a fatty substance such as vegetable oils. Olive, sweet almond or argan oil are perfect because they quickly penetrate the epidermis. Shea butter can also be interesting especially in case of cracks. If you have horn or other roughness, do exfoliations in the shower before moisturizing them.
Foot baths have multiple benefits. There are three types:
- The cold bath: the cold water will be invigorating and will energize the body, to fight against fatigue it is perfect. It will stimulate circulation, venous return to the legs and feet, so that the feet do not swell or if there is an excess of heat or a feeling of heavy legs,
- The hot bath: the hot water will rather soothe the body. Perfect for a relaxing moment to pamper yourself. Similarly, it will soften the skin which is very good to then make a more complete foot care with scrub, hydration, massage ... etc
- The warm bath: warm water does not have the same benefits but is perfect before the hot or cold bath.
In the bath water, you can add certain ingredients such as Epsom salt that will remineralize the body or green clay to clean the feet. Similarly, essential oils like peppermint that will refresh and tone.
The nail is the mirror of inner well-being. They can give us essential information about the state of our basic constitution. Manicure or pedicure are beauty treatments that can be done once a week to completely clean the hands and feet and take care of your nails.
Nail beauty routine
Whether in the hands and feet, some treatments are recommended regularly for your nails:
- Take care of your cuticles by pushing them back slightly but do not remove them because they protect the nail. You can soften them with an oil or cream for cuticle. You can also brush your nails with a small brush to clean them soften them and then push them back with a manicure stick.
- File your nails regularly by making long and light movements to give the shape you want to your nail.
- Avoid smothering the nail with nail polish.
- Soak your fingertips in a nail bath made with lemon juice, rosemary or lavender hydrosol and a little vegetable oil such as sweet almond oil.
- Cut them regularly to avoid injuries, especially in the feet.
- Never leave moisture at the level of the feet so as not to create mycoses,
- Bring zinc and silica to nourish and fortify them.
Nourish your skin internally
To strengthen the hydration of the skin, do not hesitate to consume fatty acids such as borage oil, evening primrose oil and omega 3 such as walnut and rapeseed oil as well as small fatty fish such as mackerel or sardines. Good circulation in the peripheral limbs of the hands and feet is essential. For this, do not hesitate to use circulatory plants and monitor your iron levels. A naturopath can easily accompany you in this process.