Wintertime Hand and Nail Care
Do your hands feel like sandpaper or look like a shriveled up prune?
If you are in need of a major moisturizing treatment, we know the feeling! Here are some tips to keeping your hands and nails healthy, and smooth, all winter long.
Cold temperatures and dry winds can do a number on your hands and nails. Invest in two pairs of gloves, or mittens, which will help protect your skin from the elements. Try to keep one of the pairs in your purse, or coat pocket at all times, so that you’ll always have a pair even if you forget to put them on before you go.
Keep a good quality moisturizer nearby. The travel section of your local drugstore is a great place to check for smaller bottles that can fit into your purse or office desk. Try to stay away from scented perfumes, as they can dry out and irritated damaged skin. Instead, opt for a lotion with fewer, and naturally moisturizing, ingredients. If you are not a fan of lotion, try using an oil, like coconut oil, or opt for a paraffin wax dip instead. Don’t neglect your cuticles, try applying cuticle cream regularly to prevent peeling.
Take your moisturizing routine one step further and try an overnight treatment. Slather on an extra moisturizing mask, lotion, or oil and put on a pair of white, cloth, gloves, which will keep lock your treatment in and prevent it from ruining your bed sheets.
Keep your nails trimmed and smooth to prevent rough edges from getting worse and catching. Staying away from harsh chemicals, including acetone-based nail polish remover, is also advised, as it will only further dry out your skin and nails. The cooler months are a great time to give your nails a break go on a manicure hiatus. If you can’t resist the salon, ask them to keep your cuticles natural, as they can become further irritated by the cold, dry air.
Practice Good Nutrition
Drink Plenty of Water, which will help to keep your skin and nails hydrated. Be sure to eat plenty of foods rich in Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin D, Protein, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. If you are worried you’re not eating enough nail-healthy foods, look into a supplement that contains these vitamins.
Switch Up Your Shampoos
Shampoos, especially those for oily hair types, and/or dry shampoos often contain ingredients that strip oils from your scalp. These same chemicals can leach moisture from your hands and nails, causing further drying and irritation of skin and nails.