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Winter Proof Your Nails


Dry skin and cuticles may plague your hands and nails every winter, but have no fear! We have some tips to “winterize” your nails so you’ll feel and look better even when the weather is extremely chilly.

  1. Exfoliate and moisturize more often. Your hands are often the first parts of your skin to become extremely dry due to the weather and washing your hands more often. Start with a scrub to buff away dead skin cells and then use a deep moisturizing cream. Make sure to wear rubber gloves while washing dishes and cleaning and gloves or mittens outside to protect your hands and keep moisture intact. If your hands get extremely dry and cracked in the winter, slather on hydrating cream and wear gloves to bed to lock in the moisture overnight.
  2. Keep your cuticles hydrated. Use a cuticle cream or balm daily to keep your cuticles happy. When doing your nails, soak them in warm water and rub olive oil on your nails and cuticles. Always push back cuticles and don’t cut them to avoid infections.
  3. Give nail polish a break every once in a while. Dark colors, glitter and gel polish can ruin your nails if you don’t give your nails a break from polish every once in a while. Make sure you don’t pick or bite at your nails or this will only make things worse. Remember, tidy, clean nails can be chic too!
  4. Avoid acetone polish removers to keep your nails healthy. Acetone is a lifesaver when it comes to removing gel polish and glitter, but it is a harsh chemical that dries out your nails. So use a non-acetone remover in the winter to avoid drying out your nails further. Use acetone only for special occasions if you need to remove really stubborn gel or glitter nail polish.
  5. Lastly, use an oxygen nail treatment or other strengthening base coat to protect your nails and make them stronger to the elements.

What do you do in the winter to strengthen your nails? Do you get dry skin and dry cuticles? Share with us your tips to “winterize” your nails and hands!


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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing