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Taking care of your hands and feet

Saturday 4 November 2017

You probably have a daily regimen for keeping your face clean and moisturized. But what about your hard-working hands and feet?

One of the major problems associated with hands and feet is dryness coupled with roughness. That’s because these tows are the most overworked and overexposed parts of our body… and unfortunately most neglected also!

Keeping Your Hands Clean

It’s important to keep your hands clean, but using an antibacterial hand soap can dry out your skin. Instead, wash your hands with a moisturizing soap that contains hydrating ingredients, such as shea butter, olive oil, or aloe Vera, to avoid stripping the natural oils from your skin

Clean under your nails with a nail brush

While you’re washing your hands, use a good quality nail brush to gently scrub beneath your nails and remove any dirt that may be stuck there.

Keep your nails trim and well-shaped

Use nail clippers to keep them at a length that you like, and file them with a crystal nail file or gentle emery board into a neat shape

Exfoliate your hands weekly

Use a hand scrub once a week to buff away the dry, rough skin and keep your hands soft and healthy.

Apply hand cream regularly

Look for a formula that contains emollient ingredients, such as glycerine, shea butter, and natural oils. Massage the cream in after you wash your hands in the morning and before you go to bed at night

Wear gloves for chores

Make sure to wear gloves while cleaning, washing and gardening. Cleansing solutions and detergents are harsh on the skin, and your hands come in direct contact with hem.

Feet can get very dirty during the course of a day and this dirt can clog pores.

With temperatures soaring in the summers and your feet that is enclosed in tight shoes throughout the day makes your feet prone to several infections like fungal infections, blisters, psoriasis, and of course smelly feet.

  • Make a point to wash your feet (and between your toes!) with a washcloth carefully and regularly. Yes, that means bending over in the shower to soap them up; if you can’t balance safely, use a long-handled shower brush or sit on a chair outside the tub as you wash your feet under the faucets. Be sure to dry feet completely, including between the toes
  • Moisturize your feet after washing. During dry-skin winter months, you may want to moisturize several times a day.
  • Alternate the shoes you wear each day. That may mean having two pairs of your favourite everyday style, but shoes need time to air out to avoid triggering foot odour or infections. If you have a problem with smelly feet, soak them in a mixture of vinegar and water.
  • Your feet should not hurt—ever. Tight shoes can worsen bunions, distort toe shape and cause painful foot growths. If you wear high heels, choose heels that are wide, stable and no higher than two inches. Toe boxes should be wide; pointed toes shouldn’t begin their narrowing shape until well past the ball of the foot. To protect your Achilles tendon from shortening, alternate heel heights regularly.
  • Flip-flops and completely flat shoes don’t provide arch support. Neither does walking barefoot. Women are especially prone to developing flat feet, which can lead to other foot problems. To keep feet strong and healthy, minimize the amount of time you wear shoes that lack supportive arches.
  • Pregnancy, aging and diabetes all affect your feet. Pregnant women need shoes with broad heels, arch support and good shock absorbency. Added pregnancy weight may cause your shoe size to change, so get your feet measured. Older women lose some of the cushioning fat on the balls of their feet; choose shoes that provide more shock protection. Diabetics can develop serious conditions related to the feet and lower legs.

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