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05.04.2007 General News

Don’t ignore your hands

By The Mirror

One area of personal appearance that often goes woefully ignored is the hands and feet. Yet, our hands are quite often our most visible and active feature when dealing with others.

You use your hands to hold a pen for signing or to pass money, etc. Improper hand and nail care can lead to split cuticles, hangnails and general roughness.

And this is not just talking about women in this discussion of hand and nail care;

Men are just as needful of learning to properly care for their hands. There is no reason for a man not to keep himself properly groomed.

In fact, I would say that it is pointless for a man to try and dress nicely, unless he plans to fully care for his appearance.

That includes regular manicures and pedicures.

The hands are our main tools for interfacing with the world around us.

They allow us to use the tools we need to perform our jobs, feed ourselves, and communicate with others around us.

Women are expected to have smooth skin and clean hands and nails, but some men feel that his isn't as important for them.

There is nothing that says more about a man than the way he shakes hands.

And yet just because a firm handshake is a sign of a strong man, there is no reason for the hand in ques¬tion to feel like sandpaper or stone.

There are simple rules to taking care of your hands. Apart from nail care; there are two things to remember whether you are a man or a woman:

Wash your hands as often as necessary to keep them clean, regardless of your profession.

Remember that various items you come in contact with can leave a residue on your hands whether or not it is visible.

A good product to keep on hand is a hand sanitising gel.

This isn't for fear of some risk of infections or germs, but rather because these products offer a handy solution to hand cleaning and offer a pleasant fragrance that will remove residual odours.


This is no longer just a woman's issue. For women, there are countless products available for you and men will be gratified to know that there are now products produced and marketed specifically for men featuring masculine fragrances as well as products that have gender neutral scents.

The nails of the hands and feet are made of keratinised protein that grows in a small region at the tips of the fingers and toes.

For both men and women, basic nail care is the same.

Keep your nails clean, trimmed and filed to a length and in a shape that you find comfortable and pleasing.

For some women this means long, claw-like talons, while for others it means short and serviceable.

Men, on the other hand, generally prefer short nails, and some prefer their nails to be trimmed very short -to the point where there is very little, if any, free edge visible.

When you have well-groomed hands, you'll be ready to show them off, or wait for someone to notice them.

You'll be surprised how many people do.

Source: The Mirror