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With all the multi-tasking that women are expected to do on a daily basis, you’ll soon find yourself losing steam. Rochelle Pinto on a beauty regimen that we tend to ignore...

india Updated: Mar 23, 2009 17:57 IST
Rochelle Pinto

With all the multi-tasking that women are expected to do on a daily basis, you’ll soon find yourself losing steam. For many, a visit to the parlour is a luxury they can never find time for and a few know the importance of a great manicure.

The hands are one of the first areas to show the signs of age. A sure-fire way to postpone that is to moisturise daily. Companies like Lakme, Bath and Body Works and Body Shop have special moisturising creams for the hands that are non-greasy.

Creams with an oily base can turn hands into dirt magnets. You can even exfoliate your hands before moisturising them to get rid of embedded dirt or dead skin.

Shape up
Nails can be shaped and buffed even when travelling. You can find a multi-use emery board in most beauty stores which will restore the shine to them. If you like keeping your nails long, make sure you shape them regularly to avoid the talon look. Square nails are best with the nail ending just above the fingertip. Round off the edges so they don’t snag your expensive outfit.

You can add your own touch to store variety nail shades. Purple and navy blue are the colours of the season, though with the onset of summer, coral, hot pink and red will take over.

Go graphic
Graphic nails are popular.. all you need to do is run a line in a contrasting shade across the centre of your nail. Don’t get carried away by adding too many stripes and splotches. You can add some sparkle through sequins or rhinestones for a night out. But be sure to put a base coat on the nail first so the top layer doesn’t get damaged.

It’s best to remove varnish after three days to allow nails to breathe. Some brands even offer nail polish remover with vitamin E to strengthen nails.