The presents have been unwrapped, the turkey has been served and the champagne drunk dry. Now for the not-so-fun part… Cleaning up. Washing the dishes and scrubbing away that grease can leave your poor little mitts dry, scaly and wrinkly – not the prettiest start to 2013, hey?
With all the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, it’s common to neglect your skin. And unfortunately our hands are often – quite literally – left out in the cold. Heaters, gloves, detergent… It all takes quite a toll on the sensitive skin and nails. While there’s no getting out of doing the dishes, you can help to protect and revitalize your hands with a few easy beauty basics.
|Save your hands with Wild Rose Hand Cream, The Body Shop|
The Body Shop has an extensive range of creams, oils and treatments specially designed for hands and feet. Keep some Wild Rose Caring Hand Wash (£5) next to the kitchen and bathroom sink – it’s softer than regular soap and gently moisturises while cleaning. A tube of soft Body Shop hand cream, like the classic Vitamin E Hand & Nail Cream (£8), is a handbag essential – plus it makes a great stocking filler if you’re looking for that little something special. If your hands have already been in the wars, you’ll need some serious repair – before bed, slather on some of the Wild Rose Nourishing Hand Butter (£11) and pop on a pair of the Thirsty Hands Moisture Gloves (£7) and let the rich cream work its magic overnight. Long-lasting and non-greasy, you’ll be saying good morning to deliciously soft skin.
Now that your skin is sorted, it’s time for the nails. Get your fingers ready for some New Year cheer with a quick at-home manicure. Remove any old polish with a non-acetone remover, then gently file the nails from outer edges towards the centre. Buff away any ridges and restore natural shine with the Big Nail Shiner (£2), before softening your cuticles with the two-in-one Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil (£7). Use an orange wood stick to push back the cuticles – never cut them though as this can lead to infection. Dry away any excess oil and apply a nourishing base coat. Follow with two coats of your favourite party shade and then seal it all with a glossy top coat.
So, get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions and treat yourself to a DIY pamper session – put your feet (and fingers) up, grab the hand creams and indulge in a little TLC… ‘Tis the season to be jolly after all!