Your skin is not the only part of your body that can suffer from dryness during the winter; your nails can too. Drying, cracking and splitting are just some of the conditions you may experience. It is important to give your nails extra care during this season.
Follow these tips to keep your nails strong and healthy until spring (and all year too).
One of the leading causes of brittle fingernails is moisture loss. To diminish this, keep a bottle of hand cream in your purse, and apply to your hands and your nails generously throughout the day. If you wear nail polish, make sure to rub the cream into your cuticles. For extra hydration, add a few drops of cuticle oil to the cream. The oil will provide vitamins and plant extracts to your fingernails to help prevent peeling and splitting. If you do not have cuticle oil in your medicine cabinet, use lip balm.
To create an at-home cuticle moisturizer, rub coconut oil into cuticles and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. Coconut oil will help condition and soften your cuticles so that you can push them back more quickly. About Style recommends that you fill a tiny tub with coconut oil that melts at room temperature. Remember to keep it with your manicure tools.
Another main culprit of fingernail dryness is the use of household items as dishwashing soap and detergents. The hot water from the dishes and chemicals in dish detergent will remove out much of the moisture in your nails.
Try an At-Home Treatment
To add extra moisture to your nails, apply olive oil to your hands before you go to bed. Make sure to apply a healthy amount to your cuticles and nail beds. Sleep with cotton gloves to condition overnight. Also, to protect your hands from high winds and dry air during the day, make sure to wear mittens when you are outside.
Choose your Nail Polish Remover Wisely
How can you tell if you have used too much acetone? According to Self Magazine, the skin around your nails will look whiter than usual. Opt for non-acetone removers that use less aggressive solvents. Instead, look for ingredients like glycerin, panthenol and soy. These will help add to the moisture to your nails.
Small changes in how you treat your nails during the winter can make a big difference in your overall nail health. Make the time in your schedule to give yourself some much needed pampering to take care of them.
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