Shoveling, shivering, and sweaters all come with the transition into winter, but the one thing that can be avoided is damaged finger nails. The cold temperatures can be rough on skin, and especially on hands, so it's good to have a plan to concur the cold right at your fingertips.
Why in fact do nails hate wintertime? The main problem is that winter drains nails of the water they need to remain healthy. “Healthy nails contain 18 percent water on average,” says New York City dermatologist, Erin Gilbert. “In winter, you’re constantly moving between the hot, dry air indoors and the freezing temperatures outdoors. These extremes can reduce the moisture level in your nails, leaving them dehydrated.” It's a good idea to stay away from certain things such as hot showers because the evaporation will remove moisture from nails and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
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But weary winter nails can be avoided! Hydration is most important, so when you're applying moisturizes to your hands, add a little extra and hydrate your cuticles to stimulate healthy growth. Don't just apply moisturizer when your hands become dry, but put some on after you wash your hands because, believe it or not, that will drain water from your nails, too! If you want really great results, try soaking hands in lukewarm water once a week and applying cuticle oil. Leaving the oil on for about an hour [underneath gloves] your nails and cuticles will be healthier than ever.
Stay healthy and look fabulous!
PHOTO COURTESY OF REFINERY 29.