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Winter Weather Nail Care

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Winter Weather has been battering the United States over the last few weeks. Which should be no surprise since it is officially Winter. I, like many people have been superficially spoiled by the unseasonably warmer temperatures that the Midwest and East have been experiencing lately. However, I’ve also noticed that even with milder temperatures, clients are still complaining to me about drier hands, skin and hair. Wouldn’t the fact that it hasn’t been frigged outside mean that our skin should be retaining moisture longer?

Not necessarily.

There are a great number of websites that give tips on skin and nail care during the cold weather season. But I have a few that I think would be helpful to those who suffer from dry hands and cuticles and would like a solution that is not only protective, but something that won’t need to be reapplied three or four times a day to continue its effectiveness.

Moisture

The only way for your skin to get moisture is through water (drinking, perspiration, or application). Why do you think that so many companies advertise their shower products for use after showering? Because the goal is to keep the moisture (water) applied to the skin in the skin.  The same is true for your cuticles. It is not just by chance that your manicure starts with a water bath for your fingers.

Fabric

One of the most overlooked reasons for dry cuticles and hands in the cold temperature is because of fabric. Specifically the fabric in which your clothes are made. Do you look at the label when you purchase gloves? No, I’m sure 95% of you do not. You grab a pair of gloves, put them on and run out the door. That’s not a bad thing, but keep in mind that many of the synthetic and wool blends are hard on the cuticles and will zap the moisture out of your nails in an instant if you aren’t mindful.

Olive Oil

Personally I use olive oil in my house every day. I cook with it. I rub my skin with it and combine it with many of the Bath and Body Works products I love. I even use it in my hair to protect it from the heat styling that I put my hair through a couple times per week. I also purchase my olive oil from Middle Eastern specialty stores or my neighborhood Whole Foods store, just to increase the likelihood that I am purchasing a quality product.

Note: Amazon.com is also a great place to purchase olive oil, because of the many specialty and gourmet retailers on their site. I’ve placed a link to one of my favorite olive oil brands. This olive oil feels the best on my skin and I recommend it for my nail clients, too.

For cuticles and hands, I recommend purchasing an Extra Light Olive Oil, which doesn’t have a strong olive odor and quickly absorbs into the skin.

  1. Wash your hands, making sure to push back your cuticles and clean under the nail tip.
  2. Pat the excess water with a towel, do not dry hands completely.
  3. Apply a nickel size amount of Extra Light Olive Oil on your finger tips.
  4. Massage gently into nail and cuticles. Distribute the remaining oil over your moist hands.
  5. Rub hands together into hands feel soft and no excess oil is left.

I recommend this to my clients that live in cold weather clients every year winter. Also I offer a seasonal Hot Oil Manicure for my clients in places like Detroit and Chicago that is a luxurious spa manicure version of this DIY moisture treatment for your hands.

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