You use your hands every day – Here’s how to take care of them

 

We often take our hands for granted. We use them without giving them a thought. But hands are delicate, and with all the constant use and the frequent washing, the tender skin on hands can get damaged. Besides, you can get infections if your cuticles are not healthy and covering your nail bed properly.

Here is how you can take care of your hands:

  • Keep your hands clean

This is the first and foremost thing you need to do for your hands. Your hands come in contact with so many things – doors, doorknobs, windows, lift button, mobile phones, other people’s articles, toilet doors, public restrooms, currency notes – the list is endless. All of these carry bacteria, and if you have the habit of touching your lips, your nose frequently, you are carrying the bacteria directly into your body.

So, make sure you wash your hands frequently, especially after coming home from outdoors.

  • Use a good quality handwash

The alkaline compounds in soaps remove the natural acidic mantle of your hands, upsetting the pH balance. Wash your hands with a good quality moisturized hand wash. Do not go for cheap or nice-smelling alternatives. You wash your hands to keep them clean not to make them smell nice!

  • Use a moisturizer after washing your hands

Every time you wash your hands, you are robbing your skin of moisture. Rub a few drops of moisturizer every time you wash them. Rub all over, and let the hands absorb the lotion. This will keep your hands supple and young.

  • Take care of your nails

Your nails can get infected with bacteria if you do not take care of them. The nail bed is very susceptible to infections, because the cuticle can get torn or damaged, giving an entry to bacteria. Another thing to remember is to never cut your cuticles; sometimes, manicurists will suggest doing so, but never anybody them to cut them. They are essential for preventing infections. Trim your nails regularly and keep them clean.

 

  • Don’t ignore cracks and wounds

Sometimes, we tend to ignore small cuts, wounds and abrasions on our hands. That is a mistake. A cut on your hand is more dangerous than a cut on your arm or leg. This is because you use your hands every time you touch anything. If you have a cut on your hand, and you are touching something that has bacteria and dirt, then they will get an entry point into your body. So, use plasters on even small cuts.

 

 

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