There are so many wonderful things about autumn and winter – the cosy knits, the over-the-top accessories and the Christmas drinks coming out at our favourite coffee shops. One thing that we don’t love is the havoc that it can wreak on our skin and nails. If you’ve read our article here then you’ll already know we’re fans of a bit of nail art which is simply not possible when your nails are peeling and chipping constantly!
And although a lot of people at this time of the year have a tendency to plump for false nails to avoid this whole palaver, we can’t help preferring the natural nail over the fake. If your nails are suffering from the change of seasons and are starting to look a bit shabby, then here are just a few tips to help combat this.
Just like when the winter can hit our skin, the cold and then central heating can cause our nails to be brittle. To help with this, then we recommend making sure that you drink enough water every day. If you know that you can be a bit lax with this, then set a timer on your phone or get a free app that’ll remind you to drink that water.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, take a tube of hand cream with you and apply liberally throughout the day. Not only will you have silky soft hands but your cuticles will be supple and healthy and your nails nourished. And at night, slather it on and let it do its magic. We recommend looking out for hand cream that has Vitamin E as an ingredient since this is really great for your nails.
Speaking of vitamins, at this time of the year it is always a good idea to take a good multi-vitamin. Vitamin E pills are fantastic for your skin, hair and nails, and for an extra boost to help your nails out, cut a liquid one open and rub into your nails and cuticles, leave for half an hour, before washing off. Vitamin D pills are also a recommendation since what with the dark days you won’t be getting so much from the sun.
And our final piece of advice is to always wear mittens or gloves when you’re out and about. They’ll help to protect your hands and nails from those harsh weather conditions, and will help to prevent drying and brittleness which are big culprits of splitting and snagging nails.
Follow these simple recommendations this autumn and winter, and you’ll be enjoying beautifully cared for nails year round.