Hands and Feet
Throughout the month of May we are celebrating Head to Toe Beauty with the ladies from F.A.B Women. Every week we’ve updated with information on taking care of a different part of your body. Today we are wrapping up our series by focusing on our hands and feet.
It is very important for us to look after the natural condition of our hands and feet as this is usually the first place that you can see if someone is taking care of themselves or not. You can do this yourself at home or go to a salon regularly. Whichever you choose, just make sure that it is hygienic so that you don’t pick up any fungal infections.
Our hands are one of the first places that show our true age as we tend to forget that we need to take care of them the same way we take care of our faces. They show all the years neglect in the form of wrinkles and pigmentation as we grow older, so it is important to tend to them from a young age.
When getting our nails done, we can either stick to the normal manicure or get some beautiful nail enhancements done. Either way it is very important know that where you go they will be taking care of your natural nail, with modern products and techniques on the market there is no reason why your natural nail should be damaged in the process of putting on or taking off the enhancements. So shop around and see what’s on offer before you choose what you want.
Some of the basic things that you can do at home to treat your hands are:
- Exfoliate – the great things with our hands are that you can’t over stimulate them with exfoliation as we sometimes do with our faces, we can only make them softer and smoother. Exfoliating every second day or so will help to stimulate the oils in your hands and help keep them moisturized.
- Egg Whites – this is an amazing way to tighten the skin on your hands and make them seem younger again. You just take some egg whites and rub it on top of your hands where the skin has become loose and you’ll actually feel it tightening.
- Lemon juice – this works well on your hands and nails if you have blemishes or discolouring Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent and helps to whiten the nails and lighten pigmentation marks on your hands.
- Sunscreen – it is very important to apply an SPF 15 or higher every day whether it is rain or shine, to keep your hands looking great even as you get older.
- Moisturizer – add some lotion to your hands after you’ve showered, worked out or gone swimming. Even when your hands don’t feel dry, apply more lotion as it can only do well. A great tip is to have pretty bottles of lotion in convenient places like the kitchen and bathroom sinks, your gym and beach bags and in your car, so that they are easily accessible. Once a moth also treat your hands with Vaseline and put cotton gloves on before bedtime, you’ll wake up to amazingly rejuvenated skin.
If you’d like to do a home manicure, here are the basic steps to take to ensure pretty nails that go with your well-kept hands:
- Start by removing old polish. For natural nails, use a non-acetone remover.
- File nails to desired shape. What looks modern now is a shortish nail, straight across the top with rounded edges. File your nails in one direction starting at the edges and moving toward the top.
- Soak in soapy water for a few minutes to soften cuticles.
- Dot a cuticle cream on the cuticles and rub in.
- Use an orange wood stick (available in beauty stores) to push back cuticles. Be sure not to cut your cuticles, which can cause infection and damage the nail.
- Massage hands with a hand lotion for extra moisture.
- Wipe nails with a damp cloth to remove excess oils.
- Apply a base coat. Let dry for one minute.
- Apply two coats of your favourite colour. Always apply polish by starting on the side of the nail. You should be able to cover the nail in three stokes, one on each side and one in the middle.
- Apply a top coat. Remember: If you use a fast-dry top coat, your polish will not last as long.
Along with making sure our hands are taken care of we need to remember that the average person walks between eight and ten thousand steps a day and our feet needs to carry all our body weight, so we have to take special care of them as well.
Some of the things you can do to ensure you have pretty feet are:
- Make sure you moisturize them every day, the Vaseline trick works very well on your feet overnight in a pair of socks as well.
- When trimming your nails, soak your feet in hot water so that the nails are softer and if you struggle with ingrown toe-nails, you might want to consider going to your salon for acrylic nails as this helps with preventing ingrown toe-mails.
- Every now and then make sure you give them a good scrub and also keep those heels soft and fresh looking.
- Go for regular pedicures to get rid of extra tension and also to look and feel pretty. Keep in mind if you have neglected your feet quite a bit, you might need more than one session to get them looking good again.
- A great treat is going for a paraffin pedicure, which is a hot treatment and super relaxing along with moisturizing.
If you want to do a pedicure at home here is what you’ll need to do:
- Remove your old nail polish with the nail polish remover and trim your nails neatly. Make sure you cut straight across and don’t cut the corners too much, as this can lead to painful ingrown nails. Use a nail file to give them the desired shape.
- Give your feet a nice foot bath. In a basin or tub, fill warm water enough to cover up to your ankles and add some bath salts. You can also add a few drops of any essential oil of your choice. Also add a few smooth pebbles to the water. These will provide a gentle massage as you place your feet on them. Soak your feet and relax for 15-20 minutes. Dry them with a towel.
- Once you are done with the foot bath, dry you feet and rub some cuticle cream on the base of each toe nail. Leave it for a few minutes. In the meanwhile, using a foot scrub and remove all the dry and dead skin cells. Be firm but do not scrape too hard. Next, wipe off the cuticle cream and push back the cuticles gently with a cuticle pusher.
- Once you are done scrubbing, wash your feet clean and moisturise them. Moisturising helps soften, hydrate the skin and protects it from cracking. Rub a generous portion on your feet and massage well. Regular foot massages also help keep nerve endings stimulated, improve blood circulation and nourish the skin and foot muscles!
- Now your nails are ready to get decorated. Paint them with a colour of your choice. Always apply a base coat. Wait for it to dry and then apply a coat of nail polish. Let it dry completely before you apply the next coat. This will make your nail polish last longer. You can also jazz your feet up with a pretty anklet or toe rings!
Zelmarie and Karen from F.A.B Women are sharing the beauty basics from head to toe with us this month. For more information on what they have to offer you can go have a look at their site and tune into Kingfisher FM every Monday between 11:00 and 11:30 for more beauty advice.