The winter season always remind you of warm quilts and a hot cup of chai or coffee.Change your skin care routine to protect it from the cold and wind. Winters can make your skin dry, itchy, and irritated.But, did you know that your nails need special care during the winter as well?. The cold temperatures can make nails cracked, brittle, and craggy.It’s important that you follow a winter-appropriate beauty regimen.
Your nails need moisture to stay strong.
Washing and drying hands continuously during the winter can take away the natural moisture on nails, thereby leaving them brittle. After the shower apply moisturizer on your nails and cuticles. If your nails are polished, simply massage some cream into the cuticles. Choose the perfect hand cream or lotion with urea, phospholipids or lactic acid.
Keep moisturizer in different areas
Keep moisturizer in different areas of the room like kitchen sink,bathroom sink, bedroom ,and in your purse also. So that you don’t miss to apply your moisturizer.
Use non-scented moisturizers
Use a fragrance free moisturizer which will not dry your nails and skin.
Soak your nails in warm water
Once a week soak your nails in lukewarm water for not more than 10 minutes. Then massage cuticle oil, vaseline or olive oil on your nails and cuticles. It’s best to wear cotton gloves for an hour or at the bedtime so that your nails retain some moisture .Before stepping into a hot shower, apply a generous amount of oil onto your nails and cuticles. While you are showering, gently massage the oil in for at least a few minutes.
Use lip balm when outside to help protect your cuticles
Apply lip balm on your cuticles so that it doesn’t get dried and split.
Wear gloves when outdoors
Dry and cold air can be rough on your fingertips, therefore it’s better to wear gloves always when you were outside .
Look for a nail polish remover that doesn’t dry your nails
Make sure that your nail polish remover is free from acetone as it dry and damage your nails. If your nail polish remover has acetone in it, then try to limit your use of it to once a week.
Be nice to your nails
Don’t bite and peels your nails .
Keep yourself hydrated, as your body hydrates itself from inside out. Make it a point to drink at least eight glasses of water every day.
Consider short nails
Keep your nails short as longer nails increases the chances of breaking.
Allow your nails to breathe
Let your nails breathe so take a break from wearing nail polish every once in a while. You never know, the chemicals in the polish could actually be weakening your nails.
Always file your nails in one direction
File your nails in one direction to avoid breaking and chipping. Remember to not file the nails after taking a shower or immediately after washing your hands. This is because the wet nails are more likely to break easily.
Wear gloves for household chores
It’s best to wear rubber gloves while engaging in household chores to protect them from repeatedly getting wet.
Your diet can also affect the health of your nails
Diet affects the health of your nails, make sure you are getting enough protein (meat, lentils, beans, eggs) and Vitamin B – biotin (egg yolks, salmon, avocado, pork).
With some simple preventive measures you can keep your nails strong and healthy throughout the cold season.