When the cold weather arrives, both nails and cuticles react to the temperature change by becoming more dry and brittle. Additionally, they’re more likely to split, crack or tear and, even your nail polish is more likely to chip! Plus, you may see a greater chance that your cuticles are plagued by hangnails. Ugh
What can you do?
- Moisturize your hands more often. Apply a generous amount of lotion or oil so that your hands won’t be dry and brittle. We particularly like shea butter or any product that contains it as it is quite emollient and will do a great job of keeping your hands smooth and soft. Also, protect your hands and nails by wearing gloves each time you wash and rinse dishes. It will lessen your chances of getting dry, wrinkly dishpan hands.
- Exfoliate your hands. Exfoliating every so often will help get rid of dry and dead skin cells. You can purchase one of the many hand scrubs available or better yet, make an oatmeal hand scrub, which is simple to make and won’t cost an arm and a leg!
- Condition Your Nails and Cuticles. A winter must – massage your nails daily with an oil or lotion. Another tip – apply cuticle oil to your nails before you get into the shower. When in the shower, the steam will help the oil penetrate into dry and cracked nails and skin when you massage it in. Finally, massage your nails at night just before bedtime. Not only will it help stave off dry nails and cuticles, it’s a great way to end the day!
- Treat Any Hangnails and Don’t Pull! I know it’s tempting, but resist the temptation to pull a hangnail. Instead, take a nail clipper and gently clip the hangnail at the root. Then, spray the entire nail with an astringent to prevent germs and bacteria from infecting the nail.
- Save Your Split, Cracked or Torn Nail. Use a small drop of nail glue (such as Nailene’s Ultra Quick glue) and drop a dollop on the nail where it is cracked or torn. When the nail glue dries, gently buff to smooth. Then, you can reapply your polish and your nails will look good as new.