In the conclusion to our Mint Magic Tip series, we’re showing you how to make sure your nails don’t fall by the wayside this winter!
We often forget that our nails and hands (and toenails and feet for that matter) are often more exposed to harsh winter weather than our skin or hair. That’s why it is equally important to take special care of your nails and hands during the colder months.
Here are easy ways to make sure your nails stay in tip top shape this winter.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
We cannot stress this enough: in winter, moisturising adequately is your first step in beating the cold and protecting your nails, hair and skin.
Make sure you carry a deep moisturising hand cream with you at all times. Massage your hands with the cream as often as possible, and make sure you focus on your nail beds and cuticles.
In addition to being heavy handed on the hand cream, invest in moisturising and healing cuticle oil. Look out for cuticle oil that contains Argan oil or urea, as these ingredients will deeply nourish your cuticles. If you’re looking to go a more natural route, you can simply use olive oil or coconut oil to moisturise your cuticles with.
Take deep moisturising to a whole new level by treating your hands and nails to a soak at least once a week.
Soak your hands in lukewarm water for 10 – 15 minutes. Make sure that the water is not too hot, though, as scalding hot water can lead to dry hands and brittle nails. For a healing effect, add a squeeze of lemon or some mint leaves to the water as you soak your hands.
After soaking for 10 – 15 minutes, gentle towel dry your hands and moisturise with hand cream immediately. Add cuticle oil to your nail beds and massage your fingertips.
Once you have properly moisturised your hands and nails, put on a pair of cotton gloves to lock in the moisture. You can either wear the gloves for about an hour afterward, or go to bed wearing them.
Keep It Short
While long nails can look beautiful and elegant, having shorter nails – especially during winter – will reduce the risk of your nails breaking or becoming brittle.
Rather keep your nails short and neat during winter. This way, your fingertips will be able to absorb moisture better and your nails won’t run the risk of breaking.
Besides, short, neat nails are all the rage now! Ask your manicurist to help you take care of shorter nails and give it a lick of paint – you’ll look classy and your nails will thank you!
Wearing gloves on really cold days will not only protect your hands, but will certainly be beneficial to your nails, too!
A pair of pure cotton gloves or leather gloves are your best option as gloves made from synthetic materials can irritate your skin and nail beds.