Pretty Hands and Feet While we spend hundreds of dollars pampering our face and other parts of our body, many of us are guilty of neglecting our hands and feet. Our hands come into regular contact with water and chemicals and are constantly exposed to the sun. The skin on the backs of our hands has few oil glands so it shrivels and chaps easily upon exposure. Since our hands are of the most noticeable part of our body after our face, we should give it the same attention our face receives. Here are some top hand irritants – Orange peel – these contain oils that can inflame skin. Onion and garlic – these contain a chemical that can be irritating to the touch. Shellfish – such as crabs and lobsters can cause hives. Nickel – in coins, doorknobs, pens and foods such as lettuce and asparagus – causes red, cracking skin. Carbon copy paper – used in credit card receipts contain tiny capsules that release skin irritating solutions. For lovely hands… Always use gloves for washing clothes and utensils. Apply hand cream immediately after washing your hands or at least once a day and before you go to bed. Apply sunblock on your hands every day. Scrub your hands once a week with an exfoliating hand scrub or massage your hands with olive oil and a little table salt added to it. To remove ingrained dirt from hands, massage with some sugar and butter. Fabulous Feet Most foot problems are caused by neglect. Pay your feet some attention and you will be on your way to smoother and healthier feet. Apply a foot cream before bed every night to avoid cracked heels. Soak your feet in warm salt water for 10 minutes once a week. Then scrub your feet with a foot brush or pumice stone to remove dead cells. You can also use an exfoliating scrub and apply moisturizer immediately after. Avoid wearing high heels as they put pressure on the feet. Ill-fitting shoes and weakened arches may cause corns and calluses. Use odour-control products such as foot powders or sprays to keep the feet dry and fresh. Trim your toenails once a week. Common Foot Problems Athelete’s foot is a skin disease that starts between the toes or bottom of the feet which can spread to other parts of the body. To prevent infection, wash feet daily with soap, dry thoroughly and change shoes and socks regularly. Blisters caused by skin friction when wearing bad fitting shoes. Apply Band-Aid over a blister. Leave it until it falls off naturally. Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted dead skin cells. Never cut corns or calluses with any instrument. Remedies should be applied under podiatrist’s instructions. Ingrown nails are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the skin. These are frequently caused by improper nail trimming but also by shoe pressure, injury and poor foot structure. Trim toenails straight across with toenail clippers.