Come winter and you want to cover yourself from head to toe to stay warm and cozy. And as if the freezing temperatures aren’t bad enough, the chilly winds make it worse because no matter how many layers of clothing you put on, you still have dry skin and dry, damaged hair as the cold air saps all moisture from your skin and scalp. The cold, harsh winter shows no mercy; it doesn’t just wreak havoc on your skin and hair, it’s especially brutal to your cute nails as well!
In winters, your nails and nail bed can get dry and damaged as well. And as a result, you have more hangnails while your pretty nails also get brittle and break easily. But don’t worry, because there are some simple tips that you can follow to ensure your nails look beautiful and healthy even during the winter season.
Pamper Your Cute Nails
To avoid winter mishaps that include hideous hangnails, damaged cuticles and chipped nails, follow these 3 simple tips to pamper your nails and keep them looking stylish even in horrible weather.
1. Keep Nails Moisturized
You take special care to moisturize your skin during the winters, and you even go the distance to do regular oil massages for your scalp and apply a lip balm regularly to keep your skin supple and soft. The same holds true for nails as well; the key is to keep them moisturized. So the next time you moisturize your face and skin post a hot bath, slather on some moisturizer on your nails as well. If your nails are especially dry and brittle, invest in a good hand cream that is designed to counter excessive dryness, and rub it in generously into the nail bed and cuticles to keep your cute nails nourished.
2. Avoid Harsh Chemicals
If you regularly have nail designs that use dark nail polish and use acetone to remove it, you might have noticed how that leaves your nails looking and feeling rather dry. Yes, acetone dries out the nails, and that can be especially damaging to weakened nails during winters. The solution is simple: wear light colored polish that’s easier to remove, and use an acetone free remover for winters. Every time you remove old chipping polish, ensure that you wash your nails and then moisturize them well. Leave them to soak in the goodness of a rich hand/nail cream for a few minutes before you paint on a fresh coat of polish.
3. Cut and Style with Care
Since your once perfect nails are more dry and damaged during winter months, its best to wear them short. Make sure you do a quick manicure every week. Soak nails in warm water to soften the nail and the surrounding skin. Then remove ragged cuticles. The key to healthy cute nails in winter’s lies in good cuticle health, as these layers are the ones that protect and shield nails against bacteria and promote growth. Rub in some organic cuticle oil to condition them and soothe dry skin. Also make sure that your nails are kept short and always neatly trimmed with no jagged ends, as these are most likely to get caught in gloves, mittens and your woolens to result in snagged, chipped and broken nails.
5 Ways To Keep Your Cute Nails Healthier From Within This Winter
While caring and pampering your nails will keep them looking beautiful from the outside, you also need to take some nail-loving supplements to keep your nails nourished and healthier from within. Here are 5 foods that make sure your cute nails have the strength, shine and luster to look stunning all through winter.
- Biotin or Vitamin H: Increases luster and shine. Found in foods like beans, bananas, lentils, salmon and peanuts.
- Omega 3 Fatty acids: Strengthens and rejuvenates nails. Found in flax seeds, olive oil, nuts and oily fish.
- Protein: Promotes growth and prevents damage to nails. Found in chicken, lean meats, eggs, tofu, soya and low fat dairy.
- Vitamin A: Smoothens and conditions nails. Found in broccoli, carrots, mangoes, spinach and apricots.
- Zinc: Makes nails healthier and more resistant to environmental attack. Found in lean beef, oysters, soybeans, green beans and cashews.
To keep your cute nails looking beautiful through winters without going to the nail salon (as if you can or would), all they need a little TLC. Follow the also above mentioned tips for caring for your nails, both inside and outside, and ensure that you stay hydrated. If your body is dehydrated, your nails will become dry and weak. So drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water and warming teas, and say goodbye to cracked, chipped nails!