Winter season needs extra care for your hair, body and nails. Your hair is dry, crackling, and full of static. Your skin is dry, itchy, and flaking. Plus, your nails can become brittle and crack. The super dry air in the winter months literally sucks the moisture from your body which really puts a damper on your beauty routines. However, your nails don’t have to take the brunt of it if you take proper care.
The lack of moisture in the winter air is the main cause of dry, brittle nails in the colder months. The warm air in the summertime holds more moisture than the cold air in the winter that cold, dry air seeps into your house every time you open or close the door which in turn causes you to crank up the heat. However, the warmth added by the heater doesn’t do anything to affect the humidity levels which leads to a whole lot of dry skin, brittle nails, and staticky hair.
Nail Care routine:
To keep your nails in tip-top shape and ready for spring, try this winter nail care routine:
- Use hand lotion at least three times per day, but it would be better to slather it on after each hand washing that gets done throughout the day.
- Use a heavy and thick hand cream at night. This thick cream will seal in the moisture while you are sleeping. Some people opt to wear gloves that keep the moisture in, but if you can’t stand to sleep in gloves, just a thick heavy cream will do.
- Use cuticle oil at least one time per day. Try putting it on in the morning and then again in the afternoon. The oil will keep your cuticles from turning into a chewed-up mess.
- Keep your nails a little shorter in the winter months. Having longer nails will lead to more snags and breaks since they will already be a little more brittle than usual. Keep them trim while the winter winds are blowing.
Tips for weak nails:
While the number one thing you can do to make your weak nails tough again is to keep them properly moisturized, there are a few other tricks you can try to speed along the process when added to your winter nail care routine.
Steer clear of metal nail files because they can actually cause the edge of the nail to fray. Use a nail file with a softer grit to keep your fragile nails from snagging and peeling. Also, when filing do so in a single direction and at a slow tempo to reduce breakage.
Don’t peel your nail polish. If your manicure starts to chip avoid attempting to peel it off because a thin layer of nail tends to peel off with the polish. Remove it properly with nail polish remover, and then immediately reapply your base coat, polish, and top coat to keep the nails protected.
Things to avoid during winters:
Well, there are a few items available on the market shelves that really aren’t that great for the nails. Try to avoid using these products during the winter months and your winter nail care routine:
- Nail Strengtheners:
Instead of using a nail strengthener, use a base coat that offers protection without making your nail too rigid.
- Harsh Soaps:
Harsh soaps will absolutely strip the nails of their natural oils leaving them brittle and prone to cracking. Try to use a cuticle oil as much as possible to counter the drying effects.
- Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer:
Hand sanitizer is super drying to the nails and the cuticles. If you absolutely must use it, make sure to use a good cuticle oil several times per day to keep the nail beds moisturized.
- Acrylic Nails:
While this may seem like a quick fix for the weak, brittle nails of winter, applying acrylic nails can actually lead to peeling. If you love the look of acrylic nails, make sure that you have them applied and removed by a nail tech. Don’t attempt to pull them off yourself as this is where the most damage happens.