Updated: Dec 28, 2020
Have you ever noticed that in the winter your nails may feel more brittle to break easier? Or the skin around your nails is drier and sometimes cracks or peels?
This is because there is less moisture in the air during winter causing you to feel MUCH drier.
You may notice your skin feels tighter, dehydrated or is cracking, and your lips get chapped easier as well!
I'm fortunate to live in a city where the winters are mild, but for all of you who live in snowy or extra cold temperatures, these nail saving tips are for you!
1) Exfoliate, Moisturize, Repeat!
Dry, dead skin builds up over the course of the day, so removing it regularly from your hands and cuticles with high-quality exfoliants, dry brushes, and scrub accessories is crucial. You will find instant relief from itchy and uncomfortable dryness AND allow for moisturizers to seep into the deepest layers of your skin. Try incorporating a DIY hand scrub like THIS into your daily routine! Then follow up with your favorite moisturizer rich in butters and oils that will leave your parched skin perfectly quenched.
2) Wear gloves or mittens if you go outside. Protecting your hands from the wind or cold temperatures will ensure you don't do unnecessary damage to your skin and nails by exposing them to the elements.
3) Use cuticle oil religiously!
Apply cuticle oil multiple times a day and massage into the skin around and under your nail plate, under the 'free edge', and buff it into the natural nail. Sandwich your water exposure with cuticle oil. For example, applying cuticle oil before showering will prevent water from absorbing into the nail plate. Reapply oil after your shower for ultimate hydration. Contact me if you would like to learn more about my Koukla Mou Nails Cuticle Oil Pens and Refills!
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