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!
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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