September 24, 2021 (IANSlife): If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice.
Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimetre of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs.
Why well-groomed hands are a necessity?
Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it’s important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don’t have to visit a salon.
Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India gives easy and completely doable tips to follow at home.
Tips to follow for well-groomed hands
Refrain from harsh soaps
You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you’re washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand’s skin dry and scaly.
Clip your nails regularly
Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones.
Also, don’t forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
Good-quality nail clipper
Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections
Stop the habit of nail chewing
Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Exfoliate your hands
Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Don’t use your nails as tools
Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Be aware of nail or cuticle inflammation or redness
If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an antibacterial or antifungal ointment.