We all know about the importance of upgrading our skin care routine as the weather cools. However, many of us forget our nails need extra attention as autumn arrives and winter sets in…
As the weather turns cooler both nails and cuticles can become dry and brittle. Nails tend to split, crack or tear more easily and cuticles become more prone to hangnails.
Here are our tips to keep your hands and nails protected and looking fabulous throughout the onslaught of winter.
For a natural exfoliation treatment try a cup of oatmeal and half a cup of full cream milk. Heat it over the stove and stir until cooked (you can add a little sugar to help it thicken). Once the mixture cools you can apply it to both your hands and feet. Massage it into the thickened areas and spend a little extra time on your cuticles. Oatmeal will soothe dry skin and help to slough off any dead skin cells. Finish off with a hand and feet moisturiser for soft smooth skin.
Always resist the temptation to pull on hangnails as this can cause the skin to rip. Use a pair of sharp clean cuticle scissors to clip the hangnail at the base. After clipping spray your nails with an astringent toner to prevent bacteria or germs from infecting the nail and finish off with a deep moisturising hand lotion.
Hangnails are often caused by dry skin, soaking your nails in warm water or oil for 10-15 minutes regularly is a good way to prevent them in the first place.
Saving Split Nails and Masking Chips
If you have a split, cracked or torn nail add a small amount of nail glue to the area of the nail that is damaged. Spread the glue using a toothpick and gently push the nail into place. Once the nail is in place lay a small piece of tissue over the nail to add some strength. When the glue is dry gently buff the treated area smooth using an emery board.
To repair a chip dab a small drop of nail varnish remover to the area to even out the remaining polish with the chip. This will help a new coat of polish to blend more easily. Simply apply a new layer of nail varnish or colour to the whole nail and let it dry.
Take a Break from Nail Polish
Give your nails some breathing room by taking a break from nail polish and your regular manicures. Some nail polishes contain chemicals like acetone and formaldehyde that can erode your nail’s natural protein layer that helps to protect your nails. Applying polish too often can also cause nail discoloration, leaving behind an awful yellow tinge on your nails.
Get Expert Help
While home care is all important it’s also worth a visit to your local day spa or nail salon for an expert manicure or pedicure. With services ranging from gel, acrylics, paraffin dips, nail art and thousands of colours to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice – as well as ensuring your hands are in great shape to tackle the oncoming colder weather.
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