The other day I was observing my domestic help. With flawless, dusky complexion, she was slim and svelte. It could have been her genes but then mopping, swabbing and walking without the use of any means of transport also did their bit in keeping her physique in top form. I then gazed at her hands. While her figure was something to be envied, her hands were a total wreck - they looked aged beyond years and completely worn-out. All that years of toiling and contact with detergents and the like had taken their toll. Her hands were rock-hard with calluses and even affected with what is called as 'housewife's eczema' - the one that is caused by constant exposure of skin to water, detergents, bleaches & other house cleaning agents.
Now if you have carefully scrutinized the appearance of both your hands, you might have noticed that while your non-dominant hand (left if your right-handed and right if you are left-handed) looks young and dainty, your dominant one has visible veins and is slightly more wrinkly with a hint of pigmentation on certain finger joints. And if you compare the palms you'll find that your dominant one is a bit more hard, rough and slightly cracked with one or two calluses. It's obvious that the hand that's put to more use gets aged aged sooner. Now not doing anything with the hands might suit this hand model and certain divas but for the lesser mortals, these tips and tricks, together with frequent moisturizing will help. BTW, you can count on this effective DIY Lotion to soften your cracked and wrinkly hands.
Homemade Hand Lotion with Manjistha & Almonds for Cracked, Wrinkly and Rough Hands
You will need:
- 35 g of Almond Powder (You can also grind almonds in a mixer-grinder to make powder or buy from here.)
- 1 egg beaten
- 8 g of Manjishta (Indian Maddar) root powder (you can procure this from any Ayurvedic pharmacy or buy from Amazon)
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
- 1 tablespoon pure aloe gel (Either get it from your home garden plant or buy from here)
Almonds & Almond Meal 1 Egg Beaten
Manjishta root & powder Organic honey Aloe Gel
Mix almond powder, beaten egg, manjistha powder, honey and aloe gel really well by stirring vigorously with a wooden spatula or with clean hands. You can store this in the fridge for up to a week.
An hour or two before you sleep and making sure that you have no other chores to do, apply this mixture all over your hands and on your palms. Then put on plastic gloves and let it stay for an hour or so. Later on wash your hands with cold water and go to sleep. Follow this regimen for a week and you will notice the difference.
Also take a look at these posts:
- Hand and Nail Care
- Cleaning your hands
- Nourishing Routine for the hands
- A DIY Hand Mask
- Homemade Hand Lotion with Glycerin & Rosewater
- Two DIY Homemade Lotions for your hands
(Guest Post by Smitha)
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