As winter rolls in, it's not just your wardrobe that needs changing. Your nail care routine also requires a seasonal shift to combat the harsh effects of the cold weather. In this post, we'll explore essential tips to keep your hands and nails healthy and beautiful during the Canadian winter.
The dry Canadian winter air can be tough on your skin and nails. To prevent dryness and cracking, it’s vital to moisturize your hands and nails daily. Opt for a thick, nourishing hand cream and a cuticle oil to keep your skin and nails hydrated. Cuccios hand and cuticle treatments are my favourite!
When stepping out into the cold, always wear gloves. Gloves protect your hands from the cold air and wind, which can cause dryness and chapping.
Avoid Hot Water:
While a hot bath may feel comforting, hot water can strip your skin and nails of essential oils. Stick to lukewarm water when washing your hands and consider wearing gloves while doing dishes.
Trim Nails Regularly:
Long nails are more prone to breakage, especially in winter. Keep your nails trimmed and filed to prevent chipping and splitting. Using a fine grit nail file once a week is a great way to maintain those catches on your natural nails or gels!
Use a Nail Strengthener:
Winter can weaken your nails. Apply a nail strengthener regularly to add an extra layer of protection against the cold and dryness.
Drinking plenty of water isn’t just for the summer. Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining moisture levels in your skin and nails during winter.
Opt for Non-Drying Nail Polish Removers:
Choose an acetone-free nail polish remover to avoid additional dryness to your nails. Or avoid it altogether and gently file any polish off to remove it!
Don’t Neglect Your Cuticles!
Winter weather can be particularly harsh on your cuticles, leading to dryness and even painful cracking. To prevent these issues, it's essential to give your cuticles some extra attention during the colder months.
Use Cuticle Oil Daily:
Applying cuticle oil daily is one of the best ways to keep your cuticles and the skin around your nails hydrated and healthy. Look for oils rich in Vitamin E and natural moisturizers like jojoba or almond oil. Gently massage the oil into your cuticles every night before bed for optimal results.
Gently Push Back Cuticles:
Rather than cutting your cuticles, which can lead to infections and damage, gently push them back after a shower or bath when they are soft. This practice helps in maintaining neat nail beds and reduces the risk of hangnails.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals:
When doing household chores, especially washing dishes, wear gloves to protect your nails and cuticles from harsh chemicals and detergents, which can further dry out your skin.
Don’t Bite or Pick:
It's crucial to avoid biting or picking at your cuticles, as this can lead to wounds and infections, especially in dry winter conditions.
Incorporating these cuticle care steps into your winter nail care routine will ensure that your nails stay strong, and your cuticles remain soft and healthy throughout the cold Canadian winter.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your hands and nails stay healthy and beautiful throughout the cold winter months. Remember, a little extra care during the colder months goes a long way in maintaining the health of your nails and skin.
For more personalized advice or specific treatments, don’t hesitate to contact Medical Esthetics and Nails by Christina for a consultation. Let us help you keep your nails looking their best, no matter the season!
Meet Christina, a seasoned medical aesthetician with over two decades of expertise in the world of aesthetics. Her passion lies in skincare and gel nails, where she excels in utilizing clean, organic products. With a commitment to enhancing natural beauty, Christina brings a wealth of knowledge and a personalized touch to her clients' skincare and nail care journeys. Experience the transformative touch of a dedicated professional who prioritizes both health and beauty in every treatment