1389035149_9371054278-BSOnce colder weather hits, so does dry air which can do a real number on your hair, skin and nails due to moisture loss.

Without proper care your nails can become extremely brittle— leaving jagged, cracked, broken and attractive nails. So what causes all of this unwanted damage?

The main thing is the changing temperatures. You go from warm, dry air in your home to the frigid temperatures outside, then indoors again— possibly to a hot shower or bath. Those extreme changes cause moisture loss.

What you may or may not already know is that water draws moisture from your nails as it evaporates from your skin. Hmm, looks like water isn’t always your friend. Not in this case anyway!

So what’s the game plan?

When thinking about nail care, don’t forget those cuticles. It’s pertinent to create an intense hydration plan so your nails look great and stay healthy all winter long.

Moisturizers can make your nails, which are made up of flattened dead cells containing keratin much more flexible, supple, and less likely to split or break.

One important step to remember is to reach for your hand cream after each and every hand washing to replace the moisture that’s lost. Not sure which to use? Look for those that contain urea— a humectant that helps hold moisture in your skin. Also, each night before bedtime, apply lotion or dab olive oil on your cuticles.

For a more intense treatment, soak your fingertips in lukewarm water for no more than 10 minutes, then coat your cuticles with a cuticle oil (or olive oil) and slip on cotton gloves for at least an hour.

If you’ve already experienced the wrath of winter, try these simple tips and in a short time you’ll notice a huge difference— one you’ll be proud to show off!

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8 Responses to Tips to Prevent Brittle Nails in Winter

  • LaVonne says:

    I don’t know of any great tips, but i do know that like hair, keratin products for nails would most likely work. I have always had brittle nails but a proper healthy diet seems to improve the strength of my nails actually.

  • Rosey says:

    I didn’t even know that you could moisturize your nails. Great info. here, thank you for sharing it!! The winter is hard on my nails, and my hair too!!

  • Mimi says:

    I need to use lotion more often because my nails have just taken a lickin’! I have cuticle oil that I should put to use!

  • Alaina Bullock says:

    I have the worst time with my nails in winter, so I am glad you posted this! I had already been using hand creams, but have not yet tried the cuticle oils. Thanks for the tips!

  • Julie Beveridge says:

    Being a manicurist one of the most important things you can do for your nails is not to use them as tools. So many times I see people prying things up with them or using them to scrape something off the counter, if you want them to be beautiful treat them like they are beautiful. Gloves, cuticle oil, massage lotion every night, paraffin wax manicures when you get a chance I think you will see a difference.

  • Dee @ Bella Savvy says:

    Julie, I’ve been guilty of using my nails to scrape dried foods off the counter. Eeek!!!

  • lisa says:

    My hands are a mess in the colder months. Moisture is so important. I like to put vaseline on at night and wear gloves. It helps.

  • lisa says:

    My nails and cuticles are dry and cracked. I have been putting lotion and vaseline on at night. Then, I put on my cotton gloves. It takes a while to heal, but it does. When I go out in the cold I wear gloves.


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