How to winterize your nails
Other than the holidays, I’m not a fan of winter time. The cold + dry weather wrecks havoc on my skin, hair, and nails, and the effects seem to get worse as I get older :( The good news is that the damage can be prevented, so I thought I’d start a 3-part series on how to prep for the winter weather, starting with nails.
Hand creams + gloves are my best friends
I forgo my regular hand lotion and opt for a rich hand cream. I alternate between my H2O+ Spa Hand and Foot Smoother and my Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy creams, and I generously lather them on before bed. Then I put on my gloves (any random pair will do), and let the cream work its magic while I sleep.
Balms are must haves in my bag
The skin around my nails get really dry and peel easily, so I apply cuticle/body/all-purpose balm religiously throughout the day. In this case I don’t want to moisturize my whole hand and just need to spot treat the problematic areas. I’ve had great success with my Nuance Hydrating Balm and Balanced Guru Balm Me Up (one of my BeautyBox5 goodies), but I would love to get my hands on the Dior Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream – no pun intended!
Trim as necessary
Even with the balms, creams, and gloves, sometimes the skin around my nails will still peel. Rather than trying to salvage that dead hanging skin, I find the best method is just to trim it and apply the balm to prevent further peeling. I also try to trim my nails regularly too, because it’s always better to have slightly shorter nails than to have long brittle ones.
Apply nail treatments often
My favorite type of base coat is one that nourishes my nail and keeps them strong and healthy. I’ve been a big fan of Sally Hansen’s products and have seen stronger, faster growing nails with their Nail Nutrition Olive + Green Tea and Nail Growth Miracle. They also double duty as nail polish base coats – win win!
Speaking of nail polishes, that’s definitely something I winterize. Goodbye bright neon colors and hello dark jewel tones! Dark muted colors have always been associated with Fall/Winter season but Julep shares with us some of the trending colors for winter 2014:
I’ve never worn pastel shades in the winter, but Kiki is just gorgeous and reminds me of Elsa’s dress in Frozen! Joanne and Sawyer are both shades I already have in my collection and will definitely be rocking them this winter. Happy winterizing!