Friday, 1 May 2015

How I Winter-Proof My Nails


The Four Ways I Winter-Proof My Nails
When the winter weather hits, I want my nails and hands to still feel protected and pretty. Here are the four ways I winter-proof my nails and stop dry patchy skin in its tracks.

1. Exfoliate & Moisturise
The skin on our hands takes a serious beating during the colder months. And the drop in temperature means seriously dry, chapped and dehydrated hands. For pretty, manicure-ready nails I always start with healthy hands. Begin by using a body scrub to buff away any dry skin. I'm obsessed with L' Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Minute Hand Scrub. It's amazing for exfoliating the dead skin cells away and nourishing the skin with grape seed oil and shea butter. Then I smooth my hands with a heavy-duty hand and nail cream. I love using The Aromatherapy Co Therapy Hand Cream Cocoa Vanilla and Cassia which not only conditions the nails, but also softens any rough patches. For baby-soft hands, I slather a hand and nail cream all over my hands every night before bed.

2. Hydrate Those Cuticles
There's nothing worse than dry flaky cuticles. And the area around your nails is reeeeally delicate and always needs extra attention during the colder months. I am in love with two gorgeous cuticle oils and I am never without them. The first is Sally Hansen's Vitamin E Moisturising Nail and Cuticle Oil. This miracle oil is divine and a must-have in winter. The second is OPI Avoplex Nail/Cuticle Oil Brush, which is infused with essential oils and Vitamin E, and it literally saves my nails whatever the season. For an easy at-home manicure, I soak my nails in warm water for a few minutes, and then gently massage cuticle oil into the area to strengthen and repair them. Finally, I gently apply some cuticle and nail balm to protect and hydrate the nail bed. My favourite nourishing balm is my Dior Creme Abricot Fortifying Nail Cream, which not only conditions the cuticles but also supports nail growth. It's a cult classic and I adore it.

3. Let Them Breathe
   I love painting my nails, but it's also important to take the polish off and let them breathe. I find it really beneficial to take off the vampy dark colours and harsh top coats, which can dry out your nails and lead to cracks and breakage. And I find there's nothing better than applying a nail strengthening treatment. I've tried a few, but my all-time fave is Sally Hansen's Maximum Growth. It contains triple-protein, which is essential for nail growth, and gives me strong healthy nails all year round. Yes, it is that good!

4. Use A Non-Acetone Polish Remover
I always choose a non-acetone nail polish remover. Acetone can be extremely drying and can weaken and break your nails. And when I paint my nails, I also consistently use a good base coat to seal in the moisture and protect the nails from the elements.

So whatever the weather, I know that my nails will stay strong and protected. 
Bring it on!

Love, Elle xo
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