Body & Soul: Hand Care Tips


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• Clean hands with soap and water.

• Put some fresh flower petals or herb leaves in a bowl of warm water and soak your hands for 10 minutes. Try lavender, calendula, mint, or rosemary. Use a gentle nailbrush and clean under each nail.

• Massage a rich hand cream or natural oil into your hands and cuticles. Gently push back your cuticles with a cotton swab. Never cut your cuticles—they are meant to protect your nail bed. Cutting can damage them and lead to infection.

• File your nails into square ovals, making sure all are the same length, using a paper emery board.

• For extremely dry hands, make a hand mask, using plain yogurt or sour cream with 1 teaspoon of honey mixed into it. Spread the mixture over your hands and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

• Rinse off the entire mask with warm water, followed by cool water.

• Massage more hand cream or oil into your hands. Work from the base of your palm to your fingertips, one finger at a time.

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty from the Garden (Henry Holt and Company, 2002). For more information, visit her website at . 

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