August 21, 2017 by Cindy Joseph – 93 Comments < < < < PLACEHOLDER for Dynamic Author Content *
Tips & Techniques
Hand Health - 6 Tips For Healthy Hands
# 1 Use quality soap
Stringent hand washing measures have been implemented across the world during the Covid- 19 pandemic in an attempt to control the spread of the virus. While it's generally encouraged to wash your hands often throughout the day, we have to keep in mind the quality of the soap that we're using to constantly wash our hands, as well as the side effects that come along with such a compulsive habit.
The majority of hand soap on the market accomplishes the aim that you use soap for ; To kill bacteria, germs, and viruses that could be a potential threat to our health. There is a trade off however, and it usually makes itself known through dry cracked skin on your hands. This is especially true for hand sanitizer, which derives it's base from alcohol. Alcohol dries out your skin.
Make sure to pay attention to the ingredients used in your hand soap, and aim to pick products that have a sanitizing as well as a moisturizing agent EG; coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera.
Whether you work in manual labor, have been exposed to harsh elements, or have just chosen to neglect your dry hands, we must stress the importance of moisturizing. Along with using a soap that contains moisturizing ingredients, it's also important to implement the habit of moisturizing your hands on a daily basis. A combination of a fluoridated water supply, and surface stripping soap, heavily contributes to dry cracked hands. Again we recommend using a moisturizer that has coconut oil, shea butter, or aloe vera as a base.
# 3 Nail health
Instead of biting your nails it might be a good idea to get into the habit of taking meticulous care of them for your own hygiene purposes. Practicing regular nail clipping, filing, and scraping the collected dirt from underneath your nails are among the next healthiest practices to maintain optimal hand hygiene and healthy aesthetics. We recommend using something basic like this Rockwell hand and feet manicure set.
#4 Stretching exercises
Whether you work with your hands as a skilled laborer or not, you probably do a fair amount of typing on your computer or texting and scrolling on your phone. In order to avoid hand cramps and carpel tunnel syndrome, and promote the longevity of the functional use of your hands, getting into the regular daily habit of stretching your hands when they're free, will be repaid to you in the future with healthy strength and flexibility in the long run.
#5 Hand massage
Rhematoid arthritis, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and neuropathy are serious hand problems that generally manifest themselves with age. They say prevention is the best cure, and no one really understands the gravity of such health issues, unfortunately until they contract them. Losing the functionality of your hands is not a pleasant ordeal to live with which is why we encourage regular hand massages. At the end of a hard days work, it would be ideal if someone else (if not you could do it yourself) gave you a light pressure hand massage, to stimulate and relax the muscles, tendons, and blood flow. Using your thumb of the opposite hand, work your way up from the center of the palm,upwards and outwards towards the fingers. Don't forget in between the knuckles and around the wrist area.
#6 Hold somebody's hand
Here's an interesting study that claims without touch, you can never fully empathize on a biological level with your partner. You may be able to empathize from an intellectual level, but to really feel their pain and walk a mile in their shoes, brainwaves start to sync together once you hold hands.
"Subsequent tests of the male partner's level of empathy revealed that the more empathetic he was to her pain the more their brain activity synced. The more synchronized their brains, the more her pain subsided."
Communicate what goes on in your heart, through the use of your hands.