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Natural care for hands and nails

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Our hands are not only an important tool, helping us to communicate, express ourselves and connect with other people and the world around us, but they also say a lot about our own self-care. More than just a matter of regular washing, hand and nail health should be a part of our daily grooming.



Hands, nails, fingers
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Of course, there are numerous products available for purchase from manicure sets to lotions, potions and scrubs, but if you want to care for your hands and nails in a more affordable, natural way, here are some easy suggestions:

Firstly and most importantly our diet has a huge impact on the health of our hands and nails. Its important that we maintain healthy levels of the following vitamins:
- vitamin B which can be found in meat, fish, dairy, eggs nuts and most fruits and vegetables.
-vitamin C from fruits and vegetables.
- iron from red meat, green vegetables, eggs and legumes.
- zinc which is mainly found in seafood.



Hands, nails, fingers
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Its a good idea to keep a nail brush handy to your bathroom sink so that when you wash your hands you can give your nails a quick brush each time. If you have particularly long nails, it may be wise to use a scraper or the specially curved end of a nail file for a thorough clean.

A natural hand cream can be made with simple ingredients like almond oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax.



Hands, nails, fingers
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Rough skin can be softened by rubbing with the inside of an avocado skin. Not only will it exfoliate but has the added boost of vitamins A and E.

Mixing sunflower oil and sugar makes a great cleanser for discoloured or dry hands. Work in, rinse off and pat dry.

If your hands are particularly dry, soak them in warmed almond oil for about ten minutes then massage in.

Believe it or not, potato is a great remedy for dry or chafed hands. Mix together some mashed potato, milk, oatmeal and if you have it a little glycerine. Massage into your hands for about three minutes then rinse and pat dry.

You can give yourself an overnight treatment by massaging cream into your hands and nails and wearing cotton gloves while you sleep.

These are simple and inexpensive ideas and treatments that will not only keep your hands and nails healthy, but will keep them looking attractive and feeling great.

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All Natural Hand Scrub And Massage
Avocado hand cream
Natural hand sanitiser


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Thank you for these cheap and easy ideas for natural help with our so important hands and nails!
Thanks for your suggestions I used to massage in Glecrien and hand cream massage into my hands and then leaving on Cotton gloves overnight It's easier to do during the colder wheather. It did nourish my finger nails too .
Thanks again Lee
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