It’s kind of sad how many of us neglect our feet during the winter season. Maybe it’s all of the cute boots that we buy to keep them covered, but there’s a tendency to let some of our pedicure appointments lapse and to not use our pumice stone quite as much. And our fingernails? Between all of the holiday cooking and gloves and mittens wearing, sometimes they don’t get a ton of attention either.
The reality is there is no time of year when we should let up on providing our nails with a little TLC. As for the winter season, due to the cold weather, snow and ice and harsh winds, our hands and feet could use some extra-special treatment.
If you’ve never given much thought to winter-proofing your nails, hopefully these tips will inspire you to take good care of them, and to pass the info along so that your friends’ nails can be on point too.
1. Soak Them In Warm Water
Winter weather tends to zap the moisture right out of our skin, hair and nails. Hydrate your nails by soaking them in a bowl of water for about 15 minutes, 1-2 times each week. Add a few drops of olive or sweet almond oil to the water. It will soften your cuticles and nourish your nails. On your jam-packed weeks, you can also apply a generous amount of oil on your nails before hopping into the shower. You’ll basically get the same results.
2. Apply Lip Balm To Your Cuticles
Did you know that you can use your lip balm for more than just your lips? They’ll work on your cuticles too! The ingredients in lip balm will shield your nails from inclement weather and also protect them from splitting and peeling. They can also reduce the amount of hangnails that may form. That’s always a bonus.
3. Put On Some Carrot Seed Oil
If you really want to pamper your nails, put a little bit of carrot seed oil on them every day. It’s the kind of oil that helps to keep your nails healthy and strong year-round because it’s an antiseptic, disinfectant and detoxifier. Just put a couple of drops into your hands and rub it in, focusing on your nails. Carrot seed oil is good for your skin and hair too. Click
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4. Eat Lots of Vitamin B
Nails and teeth are two ways to know the condition of your health even before making a doctor’s appointment. As far as your nails are concerned, if they have white spots on them that won’t go away, you could have a fungal infection. Nails that are always cracking and splitting could mean that you have hypothyroidism. Nails that curve upward on the edges of them might be a sign of heart disease. Yellow nails are connected to diabetes, psoriasis and even chronic bronchitis. And nails that ridges in them? That usually means you are low in Vitamin B12 (and/or magnesium).
Foods that can give you the B12 boost that you need include salmon, eggs, Swiss cheese, yogurt and fortified cereals. If they’re not your go-to wintertime foods, try and add more of them to your grocery lists. Your nails will love you for it!
5. Go Natural (Sometimes)
Nail polish has a lot of chemicals. Sure, wearing color is fun but if you never give your nails a break, the ingredients in the polish can weaken them over time. The solution? Go natural sometimes. Also, when you do polish your nails and it’s time to take the polish off, look for a remover that has no acetone in it. Acetone can really dry your nails out.
6. Wear Gloves (Or Mittens)
You’re probably already doing this, but just in case you’re not, wear gloves or mittens every time you go outside. They help to protect your nails from the winter weather. And when you’re indoors, a couple of times a week, apply a lavender and coconut or avocado oil to your hands, cover them up with a pair of socks and sleep like that. Your nails will be super smooth and your nails will be very moisturized. Snow won’t stand a chance!