How to Take Care of Your Hands

Your hands go through a lot. It is very important to take care of them. But how do you take care of your hands? Here is how!


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    Know how to clean your hands properly. For best results, use warm water and a brand of soap that is antibacterial. When washing your hands, run them under hot water to effectively rid your skin of unwanted germs and bacteria. Make sure the water isn't scolding hot, however! Start by rinsing your hands and then applying a nickel size amount of soap. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. Don't forget to put some effort as you rub! Cleanse between your knuckles, on the back of your hands, your fingernails, etc.
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    Wash your hands frequently. This includes before and after meals, after touching your pet, after going to the restroom, etc.
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    Exfoliate regularly. It is used usually by mechanics or people that deal with washing off heavy grease. It has orange pumice in it and helps calluses and rough spots on your hands.
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    Moisturize! Use a lotion that is made specifically for hands. Even guys need to moisturize because no girl likes dry hands!
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    Try to get a manicure every once in a while. You don't even have to get your nails painted if you don't want to! You can just ask the person doing your nails to put on a coat of clear polish. Manicures really help your hands and help to nourish your nails.
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    Be careful. Don't use your nails as tools. This is what causes them to break and become jagged.
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    Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or bag. You can get scented ones that are travel size at Bath and Body Works.


  • Don't pick at the small flaps of skin that hang near the sides of your nails. They hurt a lot if you just tear them off. Instead, clip them with nail clippers and put a Band-Aid over it. Pushing back (not cutting) the cuticles from time to time so they form a distinct band by the base of the nail rather than becoming stretched out and thin tends to minimize this problem. This is easiest after a warm soak; use something with a distinct corner rather than a sharp edge so it cannot stab under the cuticle.


  • Don't over-moisturize. This makes your hands feel wet and sweaty all the time and no one wants that! Just moisturize after washing or before you go to bed and when you wake up.

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