Women always come to mind for some reason when it comes to hand and foot care. Today, this taboo is being destroyed because men care more about hand and foot care. It would be wrong to discriminate between individuals for hand and foot care. All families should have acquired the habit of hand and foot care from infancy.
So, how should correct hand and foot care be done regarding health, hygiene, and aesthetics?
Water is the greatest need for healthy hand and foot cleaning. After cleaning your hands with water, the soap you will use for your worn hands should be natural.
We recommend that you wash your hands with olive oil soaps, where natural products are most needed. Also, do not use liquid soaps unless you have to, as they are not natural.
You can protect your hands with suitable gloves during cleaning work or in different weather conditions. Your hands need a massage, just like your whole body. You can relax your hands by massaging them every day. Trim your nails regularly with a clean nail clipper.
The materials used during manicures must be also hygienic. Having a manicure set is essential for hand and nail health. You should perform the necessary maintenance at regular intervals.
What is Foot Care?
One of the sine qua non of a well-groomed body is to have beautiful and healthy feet. Foot care is a process that covers the soles of the feet, the top of the feet, the toes, and the heels. In addition, nail care is an integral part of the foot care ritual. The feet are undoubtedly the most tiring part of the human body and the slightest contact with the air. For this reason, it is imperative to do foot care regularly and use appropriate foot care products in this process.
Foot care, one of the most important personal hygiene steps, should not be neglected. Since the feet carry the weight of the whole body throughout the day, foot health is also effective on general body health. The moisturizing step should be included in regular foot care. Another essential point to be considered in foot care is the application of foot care with the proper steps and using the right products. First of all, it is necessary to soften the feet and heels. Then pedicure should be applied, and heel care and peeling should be done. At the last stage, foot care should be terminated with appropriate moisturizing products.
How is Foot Care Done?
Foot care, which is very important for foot health, is generally applied more frequently in summer when open shoes or slippers are started to be worn. The biggest reason for this is that neglected feet do not display an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Well-groomed feet are much more effective both in terms of health and aesthetics.
In addition to regular foot care at home, some points must be considered. One of them is filing the heels every time you enter the shower and removing the dead skin. Care should be taken to apply the rasping processes gently so that there is no abrasion on the skin. In case of cracks in the heel, harmful applications should not be applied to the trials, and the dead skin should not be peeled off.
People who are busy during the day should avoid wearing the same shoes every day. Shoes worn during the day should be ventilated, and cotton socks should be preferred. Sweating of the feet and lack of air during the day can cause bacterial growth and some nail diseases. For this reason, shoes should be chosen that will allow the foot to breathe. In this way, excessive sweating of the feet, the formation of bacteria, and bad odors can be prevented.
Thanks to the peeling done every 15 days, the skin can be cleansed of dead skin, and new cells can be formed. Cuticles should not be cut unless necessary. Otherwise, undesirable conditions such as wounds and inflammation may be encountered.
How to Do Foot Care at Home?
Foot care is an important part of the home skin care process. For effective foot care, first, the feet are softened by keeping them in a bowl containing warm water and essential oils for 5-10 minutes. At this stage, oils such as sandalwood oil and lavender oil can be used, which are fragrant as well as nourish the skin. Essential oils play an important role in relaxing the feet and eliminating swelling in the feet.
Foot care begins with a pedicure at home. First of all, the feet are softened in warm water, dried thoroughly, and the nails are cut to the desired size. During the pedicure, the meat on the edge of the nails should not be cut. When the meat is pushed back with a foot file, the meat surrounding the nail becomes less obvious, and the nails expand.
In the heel care stage, the heel and sole of the feet are cleaned of dead skin by using a heel stone or heel file. In addition to the heels, the back of the heels, the heel edges, and the edge of the toes should also be filed. Especially in the summer months, when open shoes are worn, the soles of the feet are drier, so heel care should be done once a week to make the feet look softer and more well-groomed.
What is Hand Care?
We use our hands the most in our bodies. While doing our daily work, dealing with our hobbies, working, and even surfing social media, we get help for almost everything. On top of that, too much contact with the external environment causes hands to wear out even more quickly.
Our hands, which bear our burden so much, must, also deserve good care. It is the right time to be kind to our dry and cracked hands, especially in cold weather.
Why do our hands wear out?
Cold, hot, water, sun, wind, chemicals. Since our hands are open to direct contact, external factors can easily affect them.
Our hands were also affected by the negativities of the pandemic process. Washing frequently for hygiene reasons causes excessive drying of the hands and damages the skin barrier, making them susceptible to eczema. Some soaps dry out the skin and can cause the palms to become red or sensitive. The disinfectants used can also lead to dry hands and skin problems such as eczema.
Along with the face and neck, our hands, as one of the places most exposed to harmful UV rays from the sun, become vulnerable to wear. Weather conditions can also cause some damage to the hands. Cold, dry air – especially in winter – can dry out hands. Skincare becomes more important during these months because there is less humidity in the air. This can make hands vulnerable to dryness.
An important factor that causes wear on hands is the long-term use of cleaning agents. Cleaning agents filled with chemicals such as detergents and bleach cause hands to dry and crack.
Of course, our habits and daily activities also affect the wear of our hands. Factors such as our eating habits, sleep, alcohol, smoking, weight loss or gain, and stress level can cause our skin, and therefore our hands, to wear out more quickly.
Soap and hand cleaning
The importance of using soap became even more prominent during the pandemic period. Soap; Since it destroys the lipid membranes of microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria, it is recommended to wash hands frequently. Unfortunately, our skin barrier is also composed of lipids and ceramides, which are destroyed by excessive washing. For this reason, choosing natural oil-based soaps (such as olive oil and laurel oil) that do not dry our hands while washing our hands will help protect the moisture in the skin. In addition, extreme cold and hot water should be avoided.
Regular moisturizing also helps keep the skin smooth and moist. Moisture helps reduce visible signs of aging on the hands. Many soaps and hand sanitizers can break the skin’s protective barrier. For this reason, hands must be moisturized with a cream or lotion. Otherwise, dryness, an itchy red appearance, or cracking may occur. It is possible to trap more moisture in the hands, especially by applying oily hand cream before going to bed and then wearing a cotton glove or socks. Especially coconut oil and shea butter have a very high moisturizing effect, so an oil-based natural hand cream will be very suitable for intense moisture.
Exfoliating for Smoother Hands
The peeling process applied weekly for the face and body can also be done for the hands. Peeling will remove dead cells from the skin surface. On average, dead cells form on the outer layer of our skin every 30 days, and exfoliating once or twice a week helps your skin get rid of this dead layer. At the same time, it can ensure that skincare products reach the lower layers of the skin better. You can also use natural materials for this. You can make a natural peeling by mixing coffee grounds and coconut oil, and you can rub your hands with this mixture. Peeling is not recommended for very irritated hands.