A Complete Guide to Beautiful Hands
“Probably there cannot be a standard of beauty for hands, because hands will always be judged by what they have done.” (Denny Davis)
Farmers, lawyers, writers, policemen, doctors, to name a few; all of them have varying skills and accomplishments, but the one thing they have in common is that, in one way or the other they all use their hands. They need their hands, either to shovel, write, paint, use the key board or perform intricate surgeries, to accomplish their tasks.
Hands are an amazing instrument and what sets us apart from other animal species is that we have an opposing thumb which provides greater dexterity to our fingers and enhances our fine-motor skills.
The Tales the Hands can Tell
“The hand is the visible part of the brain.” Immanuel Kant
The story of your life, your health, attitude and temperament are all visible in the palm of your hand. Palmistry is a science which can, by reading the lines on the palms, the shape and size of hands and fingers, describe your character, your past, future and much more.
Medical disorders manifest themselves in the shape and color of the nails. Even the color of the palms can indicate the health of a person. Pale and white palms indicate lack of circulation, red palms might be a giveaway for high blood pressure, whereas rosy and pinkish palms are a sign of good health.
Finger prints are a fool proof means of personal identification and is unique to each person. No two finger prints are ever alike!
Hand gestures express myriad emotions. From the initial handshake to the clenched fist or twirling the ring on your finger, the hands mirror your emotions and are the most important tool for nonverbal communication.
How to maintain Beautiful Hands
Hands are the most used part of the body. From doing heavy duty chores like gardening, washing, cooking, to lighter jobs like painting and writing, our hands prove to be indispensable to us. This could cause wear and tear which could be harsh on our hands causing them to lose moisture and natural oils. Taking care of our hands, which is not a very tiring process, should, therefore, be of prime importance. We can maintain beautiful, soft and healthy hands by following a few simple tips.
- Water, soap and chemicals present in detergents and other cleansing agents can prove harsh on your skin depriving it of moisture and natural oils. Wear protective gloves while doing heavy duty chores.
- Exposure to the sun can cause moisture in the skin of your hands to dry up causing premature wrinkles and sagging of skin on your hands. Cover your hands with sunscreen or sun block before going out in the sun. If you drive a two wheeler, do wear protective gloves that cover your hands to prevent suntan.
- Moisturize your hands with a good moisturizer at least three times a day, especially after going to bed and after taking a shower. It also helps to moisturize hands every time you wash them as water and soap can dry up your skin.
- For dry/ rough hands, massage with some warm olive oil before going to bed. Wear a pair of soft cotton gloves to aid better absorption.
- Mix cucumber juice and glycerin and apply to your hands to make them soft and supple.
- Mix the juice of one lime to two teaspoons of sugar and massage hands gently with this mix. Leave on hands for ten minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
- Make a thick paste of one teaspoon milk powder, one teaspoon lemon juice, one teaspoon honey and half a teaspoon of almond oil. Apply on hands and leave for 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
- Soak hands in warm water mixed with glycerin, lemon juice and rose water.
Vitamin B deficiency can cause ridges on the nail bed while lack of calcium can cause the nails to become brittle and dry and chip off easily. Be sure to include these types of vitamins in your daily diet or take supplements to improve the health of your nails.
Hand strengthening exercises are not only recommended for patients recovering from an injury, but are equally important for people who perform various tasks like lifting objects, writing on the computer, playing the guitar and other chores. They also help
- Promote and improve coordination and motor skills especially in children
- Aid in recovery of the hand after an injury
- Prevent certain neurological disorders like Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Improve mobility of the wrist
Simple Exercises to Help Strengthen the Hand Muscles
Given below are a few simple and basic exercises to help strengthen the hand muscles:
- Pick the marbles: This exercise is especially good for small children. Spread some colorful marbles on the floor. Ask your child to pick them up one by one, using his thumb and forefinger only. Keeping them in the palm of the hand, the child has to pick up as many marbles as he can hold. Repeat this at least eight times for both hands.
- Touch therapy: Using your thumb, touch the tip of your fore finger. Proceed doing the same with all the other fingers, and repeat in the reverse direction. Repeat several times on both hands regularly for improved coordination.
- Stretch those fingers for more flexibility: Stretch out your right hand. Using the left hand as support stretch your fingers, one by one, as far back as you can. Then stretch all your fingers backwards together and hold for a few seconds. This helps to stretch your palms. Repeat several times on both hands.
- The Fist: Gently close your fingers to form a wrist. Then slowly open it, stretching the fingers as far out as you can. Repeat for the other hand.
- Tennis Ball Squeeze: Hold tennis or a soft ball in the palm of your hand and press as hard as possible, taking care not to strain too hard. Hold for five seconds. Repeat on both hands. This exercise should be performed regularly 8-10 times, thrice daily.
- Chinese Iron Balls for Greater Dexterity: Also known as Baoding Balls, these have been used by Chinese martial artists as therapy tools for centuries. Today they have become quite common the world over and are used to promote dexterity and strength of hands. They are usually hollow inside, sometimes filled with bells, and are available in most sports stores. Placing the two balls in your hand, start by rotating them in a simple circle on the palm of your hands, keeping the palms of the hand facing upward. Repeat by rotating it in the other direction. Once you are comfortable with this exercise, you could also try doing these exercises with the palms facing downwards.
How to Do Manicure at Home
A manicure is a great way of not only making your hands and nails look beautiful, but it is also very relaxing. Follow some simple steps to pamper yourself to a great manicure in the comfort of your home.
What you need:
A bowl of warm soapy water, nail polish remover and some cotton, nail file, cuticle pusher or orange stick, Cuticle cream, Exfoliating scrub, Moisturizer, nail coat and nail enamel color of your choice
1. Remove old nail polish of both hands
2. Shape the nails with a nail file into desired shape
3. Apply cuticle cream to nails of both hands
4. Soak both hands in warm soapy water for 10-15 minutes
5. Dry hands, and, using a cuticle pusher, gently push back cuticles
6. Take sufficient scrub in the palms of your hands and gently scrub both hands for two to three minutes
7. With an orange stick once again clean the underside of nails
8. Resoak and clean nails using a nail brush
7. Apply moisturizing cream and massage hands and fore arms
8. Apply base coat polish (1 coat)
9. Apply desired shade of nail polish (2 coats)
10. Apply a top coat polish (1 coat)
(Let each coat dry completely before applying the next one)
It is perhaps our hands that harbor the most number of germs and bacteria than any other body part since the hands could be constantly, though inadvertently, touching a lot of things which might not be hygienic, like holding the hand rails in public places and hospitals, using public toilets or even while doing work at office where we might come in contact with keyboards used by others- the list is endless. Not maintaining proper hygiene causes infections when these germs from our hands enter our body. Hence, it is imperative that we wash our hands
- Before eating food
- When you enter the kitchen to cook
- After touching raw food like poultry, fish and meat
- After playing with pets
- After using the washroom
It is always preferable to use liquid medicated hand wash and clean water to wash hands. However if these are not easily accessible; use a hand sanitizer, which you can comfortably carry in your purse.
Now that we have learnt how to maintain beautiful and healthy hands, let us make the best use of them. Let them be the hands that serve. Let them be the hands that provide comfort and solace to those who are in need and finally let’s put our hands together and pray, for, “Hands That Pray Together Stay Together”