Hands Over Time

Did you know . . . many ancient beauty treatments are still in use today? An example is the East Indian art of painting the hands and feet with Henna. It is known in India as Mendhi and is an ancient Indian art form which has been performed for generations not only in India, but the Middle East, Pakistan and in Africa as well.
Women in India traditionally painted henna on their hands and feet, insides of their arms and up their shins most often for a wedding, or other special occasion. The intricate patterns on the hands are particularly beautiful. Nothing will give away your age quicker than the condition of your hands. Let’s take a look at some tips to try and hold off the ravages of time.
43. While we don’t particularly recommend the practice of mendhi for everyday UK, it would be helpful in covering up some of those age spots, wouldn’t it? Try this tip. Apply vitamin E oil directly to the spots to fade the discoloration.

44. There is also a product that’s been around since Grandma was a youngster. It’s called porcelana and women have credited it for removing age spots for decades.

45. If you spend hours at a time on the computer, make sure you regularly rest for your wrists. It will help ward off carpal tunnel syndrome.

46. Your nails. Press on? Glue on? Paint on? Take your pick; there are nothing but choices out there. If you have your acrylic nails done in a nail salon, understand that you do so at your own risk! It seems as though there is a nail salon on every corner in every city in the UK. If the salon you are using does not replace or sanitize their instruments (files, nippers, brushes, etc.) between customers, run, don’t walk for the door. When trying out a new salon, arrive early for your appointment. If you are using a “walk in” shop, make certain you let someone go before you. Sit or stand where you can watch the proceedings.  Pay close attention to how the nail tech prepares for the new client. Watch carefully to make certain that he/she is skilled in the trade and does not accidentally break the skin especially if they haven’t sanitized their instruments. There's a lot at stake; with the prevalence of AIDS, hepatitis and other diseases, you can’t be too careful. If you see something that just doesn’t seem right, get up and leave. Try a more up market venue next time.

47. Do not file the corner of your fingernails. It weakens, causing them to break and crack.

48. If your fingernails are brittle, it may be the soap you are using or a hand cream that is perfumed. Most perfumed hand creams contain alcohol which will dry the nails, causing them to become brittle.

49. Are your nails cracked, brittle and breaking? Try drinking more water . . . yep. . . back to the water. At least 8 glasses a day . . .and that’s 8 ounce glasses.

50. Combat dry and brittle nails by increasing your vitamin A and calcium.

51. Have a problem hang nails (biting, chewing, or picking at the nails leaves ragged cuticle edges)? Try adding more protein to your diet. Throw in some folic acid and vitamin C as well.

52. If you have white bands across your fingernails, you need more protein.

53. Splitting nails can be reversed. Add some hydrochloric acid to your diet.

54. Add more vitamin B12 to your daily vitamin regimen to help fight dryness.

55. Got white spots on your nails? Try taking zinc.

56. You need more liquids if you have cracks or cuts in the fingernails.

57. Do your hands feel like sandpaper? Soften them up with a coating of Vaseline then slip them into inexpensive cotton gloves. Do this just before bed and by the time you wake up in the morning, your hands will be silky smooth.

58. Yes, they are awkward, but wear rubber gloves while cleaning. Chemicals in the cleaning products are doing a number on your hands.