What to expect during Winter
Cold temperatures bring snowball fights, hot chocolate—and, quite often, craggy nails and cuticles. Since winter’s dry air is especially rough on hands, it’s a good idea to have a weatherproofing plan right at your fingertips.
Nails’ number one enemy is Winter
Two words: moisture loss. “Healthy nails contain 18 percent water on average,”. “In winter, you’re constantly moving between the hot, dry air indoors and the freezing temperatures outdoors. These extremes can reduce the moisture level in your nails, leaving them dehydrated.” Dried-out nails are more likely to break, split, and chip. Compounding the harsh climate conditions are stressors such as hot showers (water draws moisture from nails as it evaporates from skin) and drying products, like polish removers with acetone, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and dishwashing liquid. “Washing dishes is just about the worst activity for nails,”. Time to bring out the rubber gloves.
How to Protect your Nails
Intense hydration is the name of the game. Nails are made up of flattened dead cells containing keratin, but moisturizers can make them flexible, supple, and less likely to split and break. So when you reach for that rich winter hand cream (which you should apply after every hand washing), get in the habit of slathering your nails, too. If you have polish on, just massage the cream into the cuticles to help stimulate healthy nail growth. Look for lotions that contain urea—a humectant that helps hold moisture in the skin. At night, rub on cuticle oil (in a pinch, olive oil also works). And once a week, step things up with an intensive treatment. It is also recommended to soak nails in lukewarm water for no more than 10 minutes, then coating them with cuticle oil and slipping on cotton gloves for at least an hour. Most importantly, you need to pamper your nails once every two weeks to maintain it’s natural beauty. You can have it manicured and pedicured in a salon nearest your home.
With all these in mind, there’s no doubt that you will enjoy the winter season without having any trouble with your nails. You can now do all the outdoor activities you like without worrying about your nails.
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