Let’s face it. A man needs his hands in shape, but it seems we do everything we can to abuse them. What do you do at the end of a busy workday when your hands are beaten up and covered in grime? Whether you’re into sports, hobbies, or make your living with your hands, you want those ten digits back into shape for the next day. If you treat them right, they won’t let you down. You’ll be ready to tackle that next project or throw that game-winning ball. Don’t worry. Sam’s got you covered. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your hands never let you down:
Wear the right gloves. Think of gloves as your first line of defense against possible injury. If you’re using tools or harsh chemicals, work near a heat source, or could be in danger of cutting yourself on a piece of equipment, you should be wearing them. Just make sure you have the right ones for the job that give you both the flexibility and protection you need.
Give them a workout. If you’re doing the same type of movements repeatedly with your hands, you risk injury (the medical term is Repetitive Stress Injury or RSI). That even applies to you computer jockeys out there. There are some simple exercises you do to help avoid RSI and keep your hands and joints in tip-top shape.
Take that break. We know. It’s hard breaking away in the middle of a project, but the smart people at Harvard say you should (just don’t ask them how to build a workbench). Three times a day for about ten minutes should do the trick and keep your hands ready to go.
Keep your skin protected. Your skin is one continuous protective layer that defends you from pesky irritation and skin infection or disease. Frequent washing is good, but it can also strip your skin of natural emollients. Using a hardworking scrub to remove grime and contaminants followed by a product designed to smooth and penetrate will keep your skin supple and ready to work. Lotion is great if you don’t mind a little softness. Use a good salve if you want to preserve those calluses without unnecessarily drying and cracking the skin. Not every hand lotion smells like lavender. Check out Sam’s Hard Workin’ Hands Collection – products that work as hard as you do and smell pretty damn good.
Your hands work hard and maintaining them to keep working for you just makes sense. Investing a little time and TLC on those irreplaceable assets will make you feel good, not to mention that special someone at the end of a long day.