Beauty Care For Your Hands and Feet
Pamper your hands and feet with these
simple beauty aids.
The face may be the window to our soul
and thus, deserving of all the special care that we lavish on it but our
hands do a lot for us and those around us and our feet do the important
task of carrying our weight to all places imaginable and sometimes,
unimaginable. Considering that, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say
that we don't always give them the kind of care and attention that they
deserve. Anyway, it's still not too late to make amends. There are loads
of things that you can do to pamper your hands and feet without going to
Taking care of your hands and nails
As far as your hands are concerned,
taking care of your nails are a must. For starters, you can rub
petroleum jelly, coconut oil or even castor oil on your nails and then
buff with a soft cloth. That should render an amazing shine and look of
health to them. Massaging them every two days will help those with soft
nails that break easily.
Another way to harden soft nails would
be to soak them in warm olive for 20 minutes every second day.
There's stuff you can do even during
your regular chores. Making the dough for rotis? Don't just wash off the
atta - just mix some milk and a drop or two of lemon and leave it on
your hands for a few minutes. The kind of cleansing and softening this
can do for your hands can be rather hard to beat by a lot of cosmetics.
To soften coarse and dry hands, mix one
tablespoon of lemon juice mixed with a teaspoon of sugar and water.
Rinse hands after a minute or so. You can also mix 1/3 of a cup of
glycerine and 2/3 of a cup of rosewater, mix them well in a bottle by
shaking them. Store in a cool place and massage into your hands
For exfoliation, mix two tablespoons of
oil (baby, safflower, vegetable, olive) with three tablespoons of sugar,
preferably coarse. Make a paste out of it and gently rub it into your
hands. Rinse with warm water.
For cuticle care, you can use a
teaspoon of warmed olive oil or two drops of eucalyptus essential oil
and a teaspoon of Jojoba oil and push back your cuticles and massage the
oil into it.
Besides, always keep a moisturizer
handy at work. Using some moisturizer once in a while is a good idea.
For starters, while you are doing your
washing chores, you can let the soap stay on your foot and brush it off
once your chores are over. You could try the milk and atta (whole wheat
flour) combination on your feet as well. Believe it or not, toothpaste
is known to be great for cleaning and softening the feet. You can round
off with a short massage with a cream or a moisturizer.
You can also mix half a bowl of water
with half a bowl of lemon juice. Then gently dip paper towels into the
mixture and apply to your feet. This should soften, smoothen and even
help remove odors from your feet.
You can make your own foot lotion if
you don't want to invest in any of the lotions available across the
counter. You will require a tablespoon of almond oil, a tablespoon of
olive oil, a tablespoon of of wheat germ oil and 12 drops of eucalyptus
essential or fragrance oil. Mix all the ingredients well, store in a
dark colored bottle and rub into your feet. Store it in a cool place.
Need some exfoliation for the hardened
skin on your feet and soles? You could take some warm water; mix one of
your favorite shampoos or that which you are trying very hard to finish
off. Use a foot file to clean and soften the skin and finish off with a
moisturizer. You could also use foot scrubs that are available in the
market, for effective exfoliation.
Or else, you could make your own
strawberry exfoliant. Mix eight strawberries with two tablespoons of
olive oil (or sun flower oil) and a teaspoon of kosher salt. You could
also add half a teaspoon of finely chopped almonds if you wish. Make a
paste of all the ingredients but be careful not to over blend it. Or
else the paste will not be very consistent since strawberries have a lot
of water in them anyway. Massage it on to your feet, leave it on for a
while and then wash off, preferably with warm water.