It has often been suggested that the face is the first thing that people see when being introduced to others. While that may be true, the hands are just as important, and maybe even more so because introductions are usually completed with a handshake. This requires immediate contact with the person being introduced to especially since it involves both touch and appearance. With this in mind, people who spend a lot of time meeting others, whether it is due to business or other personal requirements will take a few important steps to ensure that their hands are properly taken care of.
The first thing to keep in mind is that the art of washing hands is probably one of the most important things that a person can do to make them look and feel better. Regular hand washing will reduce the risk of hands developing any disease through prolonged interaction with bacteria. Practice washing hands before and after every meal and every encounter which requires touching something that others do. It is important to avoid using soaps that are harsh and abrasive to the skin. Unfortunately, most public restrooms will not provide the recommended soaps such as Neutrogena or dove, this issue can be resolved with a replenishing lotion.
Individuals who spend most of their time at home or at facilities where appropriate soaps are used will find that they may not need to moisturize their hands as often. Everyone else should keep a good moisturizer on hand and use it diligently after each wash. This will help to retain most of the lost moisture and may even act as a protective shield against other unwanted contacts. Individuals should not be in a hurry to grab the first moisturizer they come across, but should focus instead on the ingredients that are being used such as emollients and glycerin.
For some people, the use of their hands for work or household responsibilities can present a bigger problem than they realize. A pair of heavy-duty gloves will go a long way to protecting the hands from turning abrasive, but unless the intention is to include it when it is time to wash the dishes, the chemicals from dish soap will be allowed to dry out the skin. One option to help prevent this outcome will be to use rubber gloves while washing dishes or handling chemicals of any kind.
When the human body experiences tightening of the muscles, one of the first reactions is to provide it with a massage. The reason for taking this action is to help with the circulation and choosing to massage the hands will accomplish the very same results. Improved circulation will also reduce the long-term consequences such as arthritis. With improved circulation comes easier mobility and fewer chances of scarring of tissues. Some people have found that increasing the regularity of hand massaging can actually work in concert with issues of pain as they relate to the hands.
Even with all the care and attention being put forth in your hands, there is still the need to make sure that they are dressed accordingly. Moisturizing and sunscreen will certainly do their part for dryness, but just as the hair needs to be trimmed, so do the nails. Sign up for a pedicure and a manicure and clean, buff as often as they need it. While there, spend a little time and money on the nails and if needed, consider a nail polish to brighten up someone's day. The next time an encounter takes place, there will be no need for a lack of confidence.