Your hands are on show just as much as your face—you must look after them. If you’ve been neglecting them, they will show it.
 
Men always notice your hands-and, believe us-there is nothing that can bring down an attractive woman quite as fast as dry uncared-for hands with chipped nails or peeling nail colours.
Hands usually show signs of age faster than any other part of body. While you can cover up skin blemishes and feature flaws with make-up, remember that it is harder to hide imperfections of your hands because you don’t wear make-up on them.
 
You could cover your face with make-up, your hair with a wig, your feet with shoes or sandals. But, except for short periods when you could wear gloves, you cannot disguise your hands.
As with all other things, perfect hands too are rare. But even if you cannot do anything about the shape and size of your hands, you can make them appear infinitely better if they are soft, clean and graceful.
 
General house work and cooking can play havoc with hands-leaving them rough, dry and callused. Hands are one of the hardest worked parts of the body and they need special care.
 
The first golden rule for hand care is to cream them after each wash. This prevents roughness and dryness. If you do your own kitchen work, keep the hand cream or lotion near the kitchen sink to remind you of the importance of well nourished hands.
 
Glycerine, almond oil and lanolin-all three helps to soften the skin. Try to check that your hand cream contains at least one of these ingredients.
If your hands are dry and chapped, give them a little extra time before going to bed. After cleaning your hands, pat them dry with a towel, apply a generous layer of cream. Massage well and allow to work overnight.
                              
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                                                             HAND CARE TIPS
FOR DRY AND ROUGH HANDS
Like all other parts of the body, the skin on your hands can get rough and dry when it is deprived of natural oils.
Remember that whichever treatment you pick for your hand care, it must be regularly repeated for good results.
 
One old-time recipe for keeping hand soft and well nourished is to soak about half a pound (1/4th kg) of oatmeal in quarter of warm water. Leave overnight. Next morning strain; too the liquid that you get, add one teaspoon olive oil, one teaspoon rose-water, one teaspoon glycerine, one tablespoon lemon juice and one teaspoon diluted ammonia.
Preserve this lotion in bottle and use on hands at least three to four times in a day.
 
To repair the damage done by soaps, hard detergents and acids: rub your hands with a mixture made of equal amounts of rose-water and glycerine.
 

 
Remedies for rough and dry hands include massaging them with equal parts of lanolin, cocoa, butter and almond oil.
 
Mix two tablespoon of almond oil with one egg yolk and one teaspoon of honey. Massage well into hands and then put on cotton gloves. After an hour remove gloves and wash hands with mixture of equal portions of clear water and vinegar.
 
Keep the excess lotion in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator. This lotion should keep well for about two weeks.
Use twice daily.
To soften hands, soak them in a mixture of honey and orange-juice for about ten minutes. Wash with warm water, pat dry and then apply a hand cream.
Vaseline (petroleum jelly) mixed with carbolic acid, or just by itself, should be left on overnight for softening very rough hands.
Also try rubbing them camphor ice and massaging them pure cocoa butter.
 
 
MAKE YOUR HAND CREAM AT HOME
1.     What you need:
           2 tablespoon almond oil   (BadamRogan)
         1 egg yolk
        1 tablespoon rose-water
       ½ teaspoon benzoic tincture
 
 
 
Blend into a fine paste. Use on hands as you like. Keep in bottle and refrigerate. This cream should keep well for about two days.
 
2.     What you need:
             1 egg white
              2 tablespoon glycerine

 
               2 tablespoon honey
                Ground barley
Mix the first three ingredients with enough ground barley to make a smooth soft paste that will not drip off your hands.
Apply to hands and leave on about half an hour. Wash off with warm water and Pat dry.
 
 
Lemon juice acts as a whitening agent.
 
Use pure lemon juice on your hands and leave on fifteen to twenty minutes. Wash off with warm water. Pat dry and then use a rich nourishing cream. Lemon juice can be drying.
Wear rubber or cloth gloves for jobs around the house. Once you get used to them, jobs like cutting and peeling vegetables are not as difficult you might first believe them to be.
 
If, however, the gloves (cotton one) get wet, do take them off and let them dry before you put them on again.
Also do try to avoid direct contact with chemical cleaners, detergents and metal polishes.
 
Try to protect your hands from sudden changes or extremes of temperatures. These are bad for circulation and give rise to chilblains.
 
Exercise your hands daily for suppleness. You can exercise your hands by blending fingers up and down fifteen or twenty times daily. To pep up circulation, take the fingers of one hand in the other and then gently pull each individual finger.
To Be Continued......