Sure, you have booked a pre-bridal salon package and are following our ultimate guide to getting bridal glow at home, but dear bride, are you taking enough care of your nails and hands? As a bride, you just cannot afford to have dull and dry hands! After all, they are heavily photographed throughout your wedding ceremonies. Right from the mehendi ceremony and engagement to the hand-held couple shots, your hands remain in the constant glares of the camera. Not just that, when your partner holds your hand to slip in the ring, you definitely would want to have soft and supple hands! Isn’t it?
But hands don’t turn baby soft overnight! Hence, we enlist these easy nail and hand care tips for brides that’ll ensure your hands look gorgeous and wedding-ready! Wait no more and start following these easy hand care tips ASAP!
Moisturizing is the first step
To have baby-soft hands, moisturizing is the first step that you need to take. Carry a hand cream or a moisturizer according to your skin type, and apply it at least thrice a day after washing your hands. Massage the cream liberally on the back of your hand, wrist, fingers and most importantly, around the cuticles. You can use a light non-greasy moisturizer in summers and opt for body butter in cold season as skin tends to become drier during winters. Make this a daily ritual!
Get rid of dead cells with regular exfoliation
Keep your hands at bay from ageing and dead cells by regularly exfoliating them. Use a good hand scrub or make one at home and exfoliate your hands at least twice a week. Doing so will improve blood circulation and eventually making them look youthful and fresh. Homemade Nail and Hand care tips for brides work the best, hence, here we enlist some easy DIY hand scrubs that you can try!
~ Mix olive oil with sugar or coffee grinds
~ Mix honey, lemon juice and sugar with a few drops of coconut oil
Avoid using hot water
Hot water is one of the biggest reasons for having dry and wrinkled hands. If you are keen to have gorgeous looking hands, limit your exposure to hot water. Instead, wash your hands with cold or lukewarm water.
Sunscreen protection is a MUST!
Sunscreen should always be a part of your skincare regime. And now that you are a bride-to-be, applying it only on your face is not enough. Sun exposure can lead to brown spots and can cause wrinkles on the back of your hands. So, ensure that you apply a layer on your hands before stepping out.
Give special attention to cuticles
Cuticles are the most delicate part of your hands and demand some extra care. Healthy cuticles are also imperative to have strong and long nails. To keep them nourished, moisturize your nails with cuticle oils. Opt for vitamin-E enriched oils or simply massage your nails with olive, coconut or almond oil every day at home.
Trim those hangnails
If you are someone guilty of biting nails, you must be familiar with the hangnails i.e. torn skin near the root of the nail. Apart from looking unpleasant, these hangnails are extremely painful and can cause infections as well. To have youthful hands, one must trim delicate hangnails with a nail cutter and NOT prick them with teeth.
Frequent pampering for the bridal hands
Don’t just bank upon the manicure session scheduled a week prior to your wedding. Instead, prepare your hands for the D-day by having two manicure sessions every month before your wedding.
Wear gloves while doing house chores
Strong soaps and detergents can be extremely harsh to your skin, hence it is advised to wear gloves in case you do any house chore.
Use egg mask
If you do not mind using egg on your hands, apply its white portion on your backhand. It acts as a great hand mask and keeps the skin tight. Do this twice in a week.