Are your nails suffering from the cold weather? Dried out nails are more likely to break, split, chip, soft or thin nails in low humidity and winter (dry heat).
Cold temperatures and winter’s dry air is rough on hands, nails and cuticles due to moisture loss. Healthy nails contain 18 percent water on average but in the winter you are constantly moving between the hot, dry indoors and cold temperatures outdoors. These extremes can reduce moisture level in your nails – leaving them dehydrated. Dried out nails are more likely to break, split and chip. Hot showers (water draws moisture from nails as it evaporates from skin) and drying products like polish removers with acetone, alcohol based hand sanitizers and dishwashing liquid (use rubber gloves).
I’ve just got back from LA and my nails loved the sunshine! I had only been back a few days and I could see how the extreme weather conditions affected my nails which inspired me to write a blog to share with my clients.
So what can we do?
Intense hydration is the name of the game. Nails are made up of flattened dead cells contain keratin, but moisturisers can make them flexible, supple and less likely to split and break. Reach for that rich winter hand cream (which you should apply after every hand wash) and get into a habit of slathering your nails too. If you have polish on, just massage the cream into the cuticles to help stimulate healthy nail growth. Look for lotions that contain urea – a humectant that helps hold moisture in the skin. At night, rub on cuticle oil but olive oil also works. Once a week – step things up with an intensive treatment; soak nails in lukewarm water for no more than 10min, then coating them with cuticle oil and slipping on cotton gloves for at least an hour.
TOP TIP: Jelly Cubes, the most reliable nail strengthener ever! Whether you are a teenager (hormones playing havoc), going through menopause or just suffering from Winter ‘blues’ Nails – eat two jelly cubes a day for three month (ideal for winter months) – and you will have nails of steel again!
As this was my first winter doing NexGen Nails, I will look into how I can offer a winter nail care service for next winter to help you even further.
On the upside, it is now getting close to Spring and let’s hope it will be a hot one to look forward to this year and our nails will love us again 🙂