Our hands and feet are possibly the most hardworking parts of our bodies and deserve to be looked after. Our hands are constantly in use and on show, while our feet carry our weight around daily. Both hands and feet need regular care to keep them at their best.
Once a week bathe chapped and dry hands in tepid olive oil or sunflower oil for a few minutes. Gently massage the oil into the cuticles.
Before chopping vegetables, rub olive oil into the hands, to prevent them from absorbing the smell.
Every time you wash your hands, make a point of applying cream or oil. Rub the cream separately into each finger, from the tip downwards, working over the palm and over the knuckles. Put each hand on a flat surface and gently stroke the back of the hand, from the fingertips to the wrist.
Run out of hand cream? Try this simple remedy. Mix equal parts of lemon juice, honey and glycerine and massage into your hands. Petroleum jelly is also very effective for dry, cracked hands.
If your hands smell of fish, garlic or onion, dip them into milk or rub them with coffee grounds or moist salt. If you have a stainless steel sink, rub your hands over the steel and the smell will disappear.
Hands and nails benefit from a regular massage with an avocado and milk paste. Mash the flesh of an avocado and mix with enough milk to make a smooth paste. Apply the mixture to both hands and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off, dry and then apply hand cream.
To soothe, tired feet, steep a few stalks of rosemary in a cup of boiling water for a few minutes. Strain the water, then add the liquid to a bowl of warm water (enough to cover both feet) and add 3 tablespoons cider vinegar. Stir well and soak your feet for half an hour. Pat dry – your feet will feel totally rejuvenated.
Treat your feet to a regular massage. Using a massage brush, rub the soles of your feet from the toes to the heels and then the instep. If you suffer from cold feet, try massaging them daily.
Soak your feet in warm water, then rub hard skin with a pumice stone and push back the cuticles with an orange stick. Adding fresh lavender. thyme or sage to the warm water, not only softens the water but adds a refreshing aroma.
To get rid of calluses on your feet, soak your feet in a basin of warm water which contains a capful of foam bath and some bicarbonate of soda. Soak the feet for 5 minutes then rub the calloused area with a hard brush. Dry with a rough towel. Rub feet with a pumice stone, then massage with an antiseptic cream.
Fill two basins with water, one with tepid water and the other with cold water. Immerse your feet in the warm water for five minutes, then into the cold water for a few seconds. Repeat this again. This is a good way to get the circulation going.
It is a good idea to give your feet a “breathing” space by going barefoot occasionally. Walk barefoot and wiggle your toes, let your feet free from the confines of wearing shoes every day.
Our lives are so busy these days that we sometimes forget to look after our hands and feet, but with only a little care a couple of hours a week, our hands and feet will really benefit from such regular grooming.
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