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How to Care for Your Hands and Fingernails

Updated on December 28, 2012

It's very important that you pay attention to the appearance of your hands and fingernails. More often than not, people make assumptions on your character just by the way your hands look. Also, if you don't take care of your hands, the skin on your hands will become rough and wrinkly and your fingernails dull. Your hands and nails will eventually make you seem older than you really are.

Caring for your hands and fingernails isn't difficult at all. It's merely a matter of taking extra precaution when you do certain activities and chores. It's also only a matter of forming a few habits that will slow down the effects of daily wearing and tearing on your hands. Here are a few tips that you can follow to keep your hands and fingernails looking young and beautiful.

  1. Always make it a point to use mild soaps when washing your hands. Harsh soaps with a pH level higher than seven tend to strip the natural oils from your skin and fingernails, leaving them rough, dry and dull. Mild soaps, on the other hand, maintain the pH levels of your skin, which is around four to 6.5. They also keep your hands soft and smooth.
  2. Unless you have a maid or housekeeper to do your chores for you, you won't be able to avoid contact with harsh detergents and household chemicals entirely. If you have to use such substances, wear gloves to protect your hands and nails. You should also put gloves on when gardening or doing heavy housework that doesn't involve detergents.
  3. Make moisturizing your hands a daily habit. Apply hand lotion every morning, evening and after you do your chores. You should use a hand lotion or moisturizer that is rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants. These nutrients will keep your skin smooth and supple as well as prevent wrinkling. For extra pampering, dip your fingernails in olive oil or argan oil once a week.
  4. Buff your fingernails with a soft nail brush after showering. When you buff your fingernails, you remove the dirt and grit that has settled on the surface of your nails. Removing surface dirt will give your nails a polished look even without the use of nail polish. Moreover, buffing your fingernails stimulates blood circulation underneath your nails. Improved blood flow to your fingers means more nutrients delivered to the cells there. It will also give your nails a pretty pinkish glow.
  5. Never use your fingernails as tools for opening bottles, removing staple wire, pulling thumb tacks, etc. You will damage your nails this way. Additionally, if you yank your nails too hard, you may up tearing your fingernails from their nail bed and injuring yourself.
  6. Treat your hands to a professional manicure every once in a while. When you do your manicure at home, though, make sure that the nail care products and nail polish you use are absolutely safe. Also, you should avoid pulling at your hangnails because doing so can result in injuries. Cut your hangnails instead.

There are people who will make assumptions on the kind of person you are just by looking at your hands and fingernails. Your hands can also age much more quickly than the other parts of your body. So, you should make it a point to give your hands and fingernails the extra care they need.

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