Beyoncé’s contractor explains why caring for your hands can make a world difference in your moral

Your hands may very well be the most underestimated tool of all time. It’s easy to view them as just another part of the body, especially when you’re spending most time caring for your face, brushing your teeth and working out at the gym instead. But celebrity contractor Stephen Fanuka, offers a new perspective on the importance of hand care.

“My hands are my tools,” he says. And without caring for them he wouldn’t be able to build homes for some of his most elite clientele like Beyoncé, Bruce Willis, Tina Fey, Michael J. Fox and Bethenny Frankel, to name a few.

With the cold weather on the way, it’s essential to get ahead of the game and start caring for your tools too.

Stephen Fanuka
Stephen Fanuka

Here’s what he has to say on the importance of skin care:

In essence, my hands are my tools. They’re the most important thing. I’m not going to lie, I’m not a supermodel. They’re my hands and I go with them but when my hands bother me, that becomes a problem. The most important thing to me is to have comfortable hands because if your hands aren’t comfortable, it’s very hard to go ahead and do anything. Think about it, if you have a toothache, you’re not happy. And if my hands are feeling dry and chapped, it’s hard to give your all. You’re always focusing on trying to comfort your hands. They are my tools, but like any tools, you use them and you hope everything works out well.

Fanuka swears by the GOLD BOND® Cracked Skin Fill and Protect Cream.

A few months ago, I had really chafed hands, really dry. I must have been using mixing cement. It was bad. It got to the point where I was very uncomfortable. I told a friend about it and my friend actually recommended this cream. The minute I put it on I felt so comfortable that I was able to focus back on my work.

Some simple ways Fanuka takes care of his hands:

  • I always wash my hands after I work. You want to be clean and you want to keep bacteria off your hands.
  • At night I put some moisturizer and mineral oil on my hands.
  • There are two things I always have in my car, my chapstick for my lips and the Goldbond for my hands. I’ll put it on my knuckles or wherever else my hand is chafed.

Fanuka is also the host of HGTV’s “Million Dollar Contractor”, which comes along with the mental pressures of handling big jobs and dealing with big names like Beyoncé.

How does he manage to keep his cool?

Your only as good as today, especially in my business where I am at the level I am. I’m always challenging myself for the next day and I never go into the next day thinking that I am the best.

I return all my calls every day, I return all my emails every day. I never leave anything on the table for tomorrow if it’s possible.

My goal at the end of each day is to wake up in the morning feeling humble, but go to bed at night feeling like I’m still the best at what I do. And I do this every single day. If you can go to bed at night knowing you gave the client what they paid for and you gave them your all, then you did the best you could.


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