Easy Ways You Can Care For UR Hands During COVID-19  

Shahnaz Husain

Beauty Icon, Chairperson & Managing Director of The Shahnaz Husain Group

5 min read

We all know that one way of protecting ourselves from the tricky coronavirus is to keep washing our hands with sanitizer or soap, stay indoors and follow other safety measures. One thing all these precautions have in common is that they all require us to touch, wash, clean and move things with our hands. So, scrubbing them several times a day can take a toll on them, making them rough and flaky in texture. You might have also noticed that there are many places on UR body where UR skin varies in texture and thickness, like around UR eyes, neck, lips and the back of UR hands. This is why all these areas need proper care, especially, UR hands. Usually the skin on the back of our hands is thin and lacks any oil glands; in other words, it gets dry and wrinkles faster. Along with dryness, even our nails become brittle, chip or break easily. Here are some fab home remedies which you can DIY!

Ways You Can Take Care Of UR Hands 
Needless to say, it is important to protect UR hands by wearing rubber gloves while doing house chores which may involve washing, gardening, dusting or wiping. After washing UR hands make sure to lather on some hand cream under and around UR nails, massage the front and back of UR hands at night with a good nourishing cream. This is the area prone to early wrinkling. Work down each finger, starting from the tip. Use tiny circular movements on the joints of the fingers. Massage the back of the hand, using strokes moving from the fingers towards the wrist.

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Fab DIY’s To Keep Ur Hands Soft, Smooth And Healthy
For dry hands and nails

  • Mix one tablespoon of almond oil with one tablespoon sesame seed (til) oil and one teaspoon wheat germ oil
  • Apply daily and massage it into the skin
  • Massage around the nails too, in order to soften the cuticles

For dry hands
Warm some milk and soak your hands in it for ten minutes.
To soften the skin and remove tan from UR hands
Hand scrub

  • Take half a handful of sugar in UR palm (or in a container), and add lemon juice
  • Mix everything for a minute and apply this mixture on the back of UR hands and gently rub UR hands clockwise and anticlockwise for five-seven minutes on each hand for best results
  • Rinse UR hands with water and moisturize

Scrub UR hands at least once a week with a good exfoliating agent to get rid of any dead skin. No time to buy one? Take a teaspoon each of fine sugar and olive oil and mix it well with the juice of half a lime. UR exfoliator is ready-to-use.

Sunflower oil finger soak 

  • Take two tablespoons sunflower oil, two tablespoons lemon juice and three tablespoons Coarse sugar. Mix
  • together till it becomes a paste
  • Apply and rub into hands
  • Wash UR hands after 15 minutes
  • Do this three times a week

Tan remover

  • Take fresh orange peels, pierce them with a fork
  • Rub the peels on the hands to brighten them

Remedies for cleansing, softening and tightening UR skin

  • Choker (wheat bran) and besan (gram flour) mix with turmeric and milk into a paste and apply it on UR hands
  • Wash UR hands after 20 minutes

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For nail skin softening 

  • Mix almond oil and honey in equal parts in a small cup
  • Massage this concoction on UR nails, cuticles and the skin under and over UR fingers and toes

For dry nails

  • Warm any vegetable oil and soak fingers in it for ten minutes
  • Wipe UR fingers with a moist towel

DIY for dry nails 

  • Mix three tablespoons of rose water, two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of glycerin
  • Apply this mixture on UR hands and feet
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes

A luxurious overnight treatment for UR hands

  • Take four teaspoons of almond oil, add one tablespoon of rose water
  • Now add half-a-teaspoon of tincture benzoin, drop-by-drop
  • Mix everything together and apply this mixture on UR hands
  • Wear loose cotton socks on the hands and leave it on overnight
  • Remove the cotton socks and rinse your hands with plain water in the morning

Bath time is also appropriate for pampering the hands and supplying them with the oil and moisturizing they need. Before your bath, apply warmed oil on the hands and massage it into the skin. This helps to soften the skin. You can use coconut oil, which is very nourishing. Or use pure almond oil. Immediately, after your bath, apply a moisturizing lotion or cream, while the skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture.
Before bath treatment for hands & full body 

  • Twice a week, have a pre-bath treatment by mixing powdered almonds with curd and a pinch of turmeric
  • Apply it on UR hands or full body
  • After 15 minutes, rub the paste gently on UR skin and wash it with water

The 5-Step Manicure 

  1. First, remove old nail polish with a remover. To cut nails, use a nail clipper. Then shape them with an emery board. File in one direction only for uniformity.
  2. Soak UR hands in a small bowl of warm water for 5 minutes after adding a few drops of shampoo. Use a soft brush to clean nails.
  3. Wash UR hands, then apply cream and massage UR nails and skin. Push UR cuticles back gently using a cotton bud.
  4. Keep them soft and smooth. Otherwise, it will stick to UR nail and get dragged as the nail grows. Avoid cutting cuticles or cleaning nails with sharp instruments.
  5. Use a cotton bud to clean under UR nails. Then apply the nail polish, using three-long smooth strokes, from the base of the nails to the tip. Use two coats of UR desired colour for an even finish.

Try these DIY remedies and let us know how they work for you!