‘Tis the season for snow, Santa’s carols, and mistletoes! But it also the season for frostbites and skin problems! Extreme cold temperature can strip your nails and skin of its moisture making it dry and rough. Besides, redness, swelling, and itching are also not very uncommon during winter.
Apart from just surviving this season, it is also crucial that your body remains unaffected in this conditions. Of all other parts, it is the skin and the nails that are more prone to damage. Therefore invest some time and care to ensure that your nails and skin are as healthy in winter, as it is during any other season.
If you are clueless about how to achieve the perfect flawless winter nails and skin, don’t you worry, for we are here at your disposal. Here are seven ways in which you can assure your skin perfect health when the weather gets cold. Read along to understand what these secrets are.
Moisturize Your Nail and Skin
The rule number one of any winter skin care is to moisture. Moisturising is, in fact, the first rule irrespective of the season. Be it a fine spring day or an extreme summer weather, the moisturized skin has a better chance of staying healthy and beautiful. As for the winter season, winter dryness is a thing in itself. It is a skin condition that can cause allergies, itching, and redness, if not taken care of. Winter works its way into your nails and skin by removing the moisture. On an average, your nails contain 18% water, which goes down during the winter. Moisturize your skin regularly to keep it safe from dryness. It is mandatory especially if you are stepping out. You can use moisturizing lotions or natural oils such as those of almond, tea tree or coconut. You can also opt for honey which is a natural antioxidant for your skin.
Pamper Your Cuticles
Cuticles will get very dry during winter which can open the gaps for bacteria and fungus to invade your nail polish. Cuticle oil is what you need for this season. Rub your nails and the skin around it gently with cuticle oil. Do this every night before sleep and you will witness the results for yourself! Ask your nail technician for good brands of cuticle oil that are suitable for the winter weather.
Avoid Exposure to the Weather
The best way to care for your nails and skins in winter is to minimize exposure as much as possible. Wear gloves whenever you can. If you have to do your dishes and laundry, gloves are a must have! Gloves will prevent the scaling and drying of skin that is often associated with these household chemicals, This will protect your nails from harsh detergents.
Choose the Right Nail Polish Remover
Exposing your skin to chemicals during winter can have a more intensified effect than applying them during other seasons. This is very true when it comes to your nail polish remover, for a remover is one of the harshest chemicals that exist in a woman’s closet. Today, many professionals suggest acetone free nail polish remover. Acetone can harm your nails and skin irrespective of the season. However in winter, coupled with dry and moisture-less skin, acetone has more scope for damage. Hence replace your nail polish removers with good and less harsh ones for this season. Ethyl acetate is increasingly popular these days as a safe nail polish remover.
Drink Enough Water
We all know that drinking water in winter is as weird as wearing a sweater in peak summer. Your body tends to demand less water during winter. Unfortunately, this is not a good habit, particularly since winter skin is devoid of the adequate amount of water and moisture. Drink lots of water daily. Intake of eight glasses per day will do the trick. It will help your nails and skin to retain moisture, ultimately contributing to the perfect nails and skin!
Invest in Vaseline to Combat Sensitive Skin
Perhaps one of the greatest inventions in the skin care industry has been the Vaseline Skin Jelly. It is a petroleum jelly promoted for its ability in reducing skin problems such as sensitivity to cold, dryness and rough skin. You can also apply this to your cuticles as a replacement to the cuticle oil. Carry a small tin of vaseline in your bag so that you are prepared to save your skin at every moment. Also, don’t forget to apply them too!
Shield Your Nails
Shielding is the best idea to prevent the exposure of your skin to the winter environment. This can be achieved by a good manicure or pedicure. You can also apply a coat of protective polish over your nails to reduce the impact of the weather on the nails and the nail beds. Some people shift to artificial nails during winter, so that there is less interference of chemicals to your actual nails.
Show Some TLC to Your Feet
Do you like walking in the snow barefoot? How about making a snowman? In the cold season, feets are susceptible to a whole range of disorders such as corns, callus, and irritation, much more than what happened in the other seasons. Most women give up on getting a pedicure during winter because who sees your feet anyway?! Well, let me tell you, this is a bad idea. Your feet need more care than ever in winter. Get regular pedicures. You can also invest in a callus remover or pumice stone to exfoliate the feet. Cover up your feet whenever possible, as this will drastically reduce the winter problems on your feet as well.
In a few months, the weather will get colder, the ground will be covered in layers of snow and the trees will lose its leaves. Winter will soon make its grand entry. Be sure that you are prepared for this extreme season in whatever way possible. Remember, a little effort can make a huge difference to your nails and skin.