Winter is coming.
No, that isn’t a quote from the meme. It’s the truth. We are more a full month into Autumn. Temperatures are dropping, humidity is decreasing. and days are get shorter. Pretty soon, the air around you will suck the moisture right out of your skin, hair, and nails. It’s subtle, many times you may not even notice it happening until it’s already done.
The dryness doesn’t stop at your nails and fingertips. Your cuticles suffer as well. And if you’re not careful, you can end up with dry, scratchy fingertips and brittle nails that peel and break throughout the Winter. And just like any other nail product, applying nail wraps over dry, unhealthy nails can dry them out more.
So I thought it would be a good idea to take a little time to go over ways you can Winterize your nails and help prevent as much of the drying damage as possible. Here are some tips that will help.
1. Hydration is key. When it’s hot outside, people remember to drink water because they’re trying to cool off. But come Wintertime, many people forget how drying cold weather can be until their skin hurts. Drink plenty of water and fluids every day throughout the Winter. Stay away from or limit dehydrating drinks such as alcohol.
2. Moisturize. Quality lotions and cuticle oils will help your skin replenish some of the moisture lost to the environment. I apply unscented lotion several times a day throughout the Winter. I also use an array of balms, creams, moisturizing cleansers. They all become my best friends once the weather starts to cool down.
3. Keep nails trimmed and smooth. Trimming your nails and filing them smooth will help keep the dry edges from snagging or catching on things around you. Sweaters, towels, seatbelts. Every time a dry nail snags on something, there is a chance that it will rip, peel, or break. Use clippers to trim your nails to length, a high quality coarse nail file to shape your nail, and a high quality fine nail file to smooth the edges down. Be sure to follow the tips and best practices for filing your nails.
4. Take care of those cuticles. Moisturize them with cuticle oils and carefully trim away any dried cuticles or hangnails.
5. Gloves should be your best friend. Gloves everywhere. Gloves while you’re outside. Gloves while you’re washing the dishes. Gloves while you’re cleaning around the house. They will help protect your skin from the drying effects of the weather, water, and cleansers.