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Get Your Prettiest Hands

Get Your Prettiest Hands

We tend to pay so much attention to our face and hair but often neglect one of our most expressive features: Our hands. They are constantly exposed to the elements: Sun, wind, heat, cold, cleansers, dirt, grease, and so on, and are one of the first places on our body to show age.

You can fight the ravages of time and the elements on your hands by remembering to take a few important steps each day:

Apply moisturizer frequently.
Wear rubber gloves when hands will be exposed to water or cleansers.
Wear garden gloves when working outdoors.
Apply to your hands a natural sunscreen with an SPF of 15 whenever you’re in the sun (sun damage can result in premature aging of the skin, dryness, and dark brown liver spots).

For an added treat for nails, make this simple Nourish-Your-Nails-Oil that moisturizes nails to maintain their strength and flexibility and prevent brittleness, dry peeling, and cracking.

20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
1 tablespoon almond base oil
1 tablespoon jojoba base oil

Add the essential oils, drop by drop, directly into a storage bottle. Next, add the base oils. Screw on the bottle’s dropper top, wrap your hands around the bottle, and shake the formula vigorously for two minutes to completely blend all ingredients and warm to body temperature.

Place the bottle in a dark location that’s between 60 and 80F degrees for twenty-four hours so that the oils can synergize.

No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and potency, please use within six months.

Application: Nightly, apply one drop to each nail and massage in with a soft flannel cloth (or your fingers) for approximately one minute per nail.

Read more: Beauty, Hands & Feet, , , ,

Adapted from Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Publishing, 2007).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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7:24PM PST on Feb 22, 2010

Thanks for the tips!

9:30AM PST on Jan 2, 2010

Good advice, thanks.

10:57AM PDT on Jun 2, 2008

Those are great ideas, but I believe that shea butter can help give your hands a nice, healthy glow as well. Shea butter is a "wonder butter" and its benefits are numerous! Applying this butter after handwashings can supply your hands with nutrients needed to keep them hydrated.
Just be aware that there are sellers out there who sell REFINED shea butter. This shea butter is not as beneficial & has additives or "cheap fillers" in them. Go to www.afroscentric.etsy.com & discover what my GRADE "A" PREMIUM UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER products can do for your skin. My shea butter has been laboratory tested & is PROVEN to have skin healing benefits, moisturizing and protective qualities.
My product, QUEEN NZINGHA SHIELDING BALM, would be perfect for your hands. The recipe would create a barrier, which would seal in moisture, preventing drying out of hands, feet, etc. The shea butter would ensure water balance of skin, resulting in soft, supple, healthy and moisturized hands!
I cannot stress enough how important it is to buy from someone who knows about the products they are selling.
Many people are only concerned with the bottom line and will sell anything if it makes them a profit. They want to sell good products, but do not have or seek the knowledge required to educate and inform their customers of the best solutions.
I want to provide my clients with the BEST quality of products, and that is why I choose to learn as much as possible regarding the products I sell.

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