I create with my hands, a lot. Here are just a few of my finished cross stitch projects from 2018.
Similar to most folks, every single hobby I enjoy involves using my hands. Gardening, baking, sewing, quilting, crocheting and cross stitching. (Okay, technically, while reading I hold the book or kindle, however, not much wear on my hands.)
Currently, I have been crocheting hats for the grands. As you can imagine, all those fibers catch on rough cuticles and my dry hands.
Don’t even get me started on counted cross stitch. I am just now venturing into the world of silk thread. Even the slightest rough cuticle or dryness and it has me putting down the project.
No, you can’t just fix the problem right then. Oh, sure, putting on hand lotion, seems at the time that it will smooth out the rough spots and you can be on your way. A quick fix for a short-term solution at best.
Before practicing the piano, I would soak my hands in very warm water for a few minutes. Yes, it would help loosen them up and calm the rough spots during 30 minutes of practice time.
These will help albeit for a few minutes. However, it is not a long-term solution.
Here are a couple of things that have really helped my hands and nail cuticles.
I can’t use any chemicals to remove dried cuticles so……………..
For a few minutes, a couple of times a week, I soak my hands in warmed milk. Since we don’t drink milk here, I purchase one of those individual size containers of whole milk.
The lactic acid in milk helps remove dead cells and soften the cuticles; the natural fats help replenish dry skin. After soaking I push the cuticles back.
Try, oh for the love of Pete…….try not to cut your cuticles. I only typed that to REMIND myself of this. That is a tricky one.
Once a day, sometimes in the winter, twice a day, I rub a healing oil on my nails and cuticles. (I don’t think I have to tell you not to touch ANY of your projects until the oils have soaked in and you have washed your hands with mild soap.)
Before I share the recipe, I put all of the ingredients into a roller ball glass container. It makes it easy and mess free to use. BIG, helpful tip…………BUY the opener. Just do it. Spend the $5.00 and buy the opener. Stores that sell essential oils usually have them right at the check out stand. Seems like a waste of money. Until you actually have to open a roller ball glass or essential oil container. (which will be slippery because you are …duh….using oils)
Into a glass roller ball container, here is what I mix up:
1 1/4 teaspoon Jojoba oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin e
5 drops lavender
5 drops lemon
5 drops frankincense
5 drops myrrh
You can also add other helpful oils like eucalyptus, grapefruit & rosemary if you like.
One more crazy tip? I can’t use this after 2pm or I don’t sleep well that night.
The harsh winter months really emphasize how dried out our hands can become. I hope these couple of tips will help you continue to create and work with your hands, and keep them not only beautiful but healthy.
In this together, friends.