I have tried all types of preparations yet my hands are still wrinkled and rough. I apply a hand lotion several times a day but I wonder if creams are better? What kind would you suggest?

Skin on the hands is very thin. Dryness, chapping and roughness, especially during the winter months, are quite common problems. Repeated exposure to water, cold, central heating etc. alters the natural defences of the outermost layers of the skin, so that substances commonly encountered in household work can rob the skin of water and cause dehydration. Make sure that you dry your hands thoroughly after washing and then use a good hand cream instead of a lotion. Lotion, which contains more water than does cream, feels good when it is applied but the water eventually evaporates leaving the hands with a dry felling. Cream, on the other hand, when applied to dampened skin, is able to seal in the water and provide a barrier. Dry and chapped hands can also be soaked in warm olive, avocado or almond oil for approximatley 10 to 15 minutes every other night. Be sure to apply a high-protection sunscreen (at least a 15 SPF or higher) whenever you go outside.

What do exercise machines do? Do they help you to lose weight?

A machine which passively exercises the muscles in a manner similar to that of movements performed naturally by the body helps build up the muscle tone. In order to lose weight, you must burn up calories and adopt a sensible and balanced diet. Machines are best used to re-shape the figure or problem areas which are out of proportion to the rest of the body, such as the thighs. They can help to strengthen muscle tissue which has become poor in tone as a result of bad eating habits or crash diets, hormonal changes, pregnancy, after-effects of surgery, excessive use of drugs, and high levels of stress.

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