I feel bad complaining about cold weather and what it does to my hands and nails, living in Virginia, where bitter cold is 30 degrees. I apologize for any complaining I do of cold to my good friends in Wisconsin and Canada, where it gets double digits below zero. Cray. Cray.
I don't know about you, but my hands turn into sand paper when it's cold out, and left unattended can split and bleed. The last few years I've become more diligent in my hand care, and would like to share some of my tips with you to keep your hands and nails healthy and moisturized, as well as a few products I swear by.
- Apply lotion after every time you wash your hands. Keep a bottle of lotion at the sink so you won't forget. Soap can strip essential oils from your hands, severely drying them out. You could use this as a great excuse to get a cute matching soap/lotion set in a basket- I did see some pretty and very nicely smelling ones at TJMaxx this weekend. This is a favorite of mine, J.R.Watkins and is available at grocery stores and Target:
- Wear rubber gloves while doing dishes. Another tip would be to apply lotion right before putting the gloves on- the heat from the warm water will help your skin absorb the moisturizer and give your skin a salon-like treatment. Oh, and it'll protect your manicure from chipping.
- Be careful using nail polish remover. Try to use an acetone free one like Julep's Clean Slate Remover or Zoya's Remove+ , neither of which will dry out your nails or cuticles. There are times you need acetone remover for glitters or gels, but be careful to keep it away from your cuticles and skin.
- When going outside, be sure to apply spf lotion on your hands. Remember, your hands show age very quickly, even as early as your mid-20s. UV Rays can be the biggest and baddest reason for aging of your skin and brown spots. And DEFINITELY apply spf lotion every time you go for a gel mani under a UV lamp!
- Wear gloves. You can pick up cheap gloves under $5 at Target, Five Below, Walmart, etc. But everytime you go out in cold temperatures throw gloves on. Hey, in the very least you could prevent some germs!
- Establish a hand regiment before going to bed. Apply a thick cream, cuticle treatment and a pair of cotton gloves. Wear the gloves overnight, or as long as you can stand it- the heat from your hands will act like a hot oil treatment. Trust me, you'll be amazed how your hands feel in the morning. I picked these gloves up at TJMaxx for about $3-4.
- Nail splitting can be a sign of dehydration. Be sure to drink more fluids and use a nail oil designed to penetrate the nail plate, containing Vitamin E oil and Jojoba. Apply a good cuticle cream regularly, I recommend Lemony Flutter by lush. Stay strong my friends, it can take up to 6 months for healthier nails to grow in. Don't be fooled by certain products promising results in days.
- An at-home treatment which is highly effective is mixing sweet almond oil with coarse sea salt, and rubbing into nails and cuticles. This will help strengthen weak/broken nails as well as nourish dry and flaky cuticles.
I had this post completed when I received my PopSugar Must Have Box for January, but I had to add on this wonder product I received in the box.
This stuff is amazing. Like run to Sephora or online shop NOW. First Aid Beauty offers some other products I want to look into, but I've been using this daily since I opened my box this weekend. It has a slight Vick's smell to it, but it's not offensive, but rather a clean smell. The consistency is a soft, but thick cream and I highly recommend it for at least #6 above, your night hand/nail regiment. It's a little steep at $30 for a 6oz jar, but that just means you need to join PopSugar- cause the box is $40/month and this was $30 of it. I WILL be replacing this when it runs out. THAT GOOD.
Do you have any tips that you recommend for winterizing your hands and nails?