During the colder months the skin and nails are more prone to becoming dehydrated. This is often due to colder weather stripping the skin of moisture. Nails also become more brittle as well. A few helpful tips include wearing gloves, use moisturizing hand soap, moisturizing lotion, as well as cuticle oil daily. These simple steps help to increase moisture to your nails and skin.
Here are some ways to keep your nails hydrated in the winter:
Use a hand cream or cuticle oil: Apply a moisturizer or cuticle oil to your nails and cuticles daily to keep them hydrated.
Wear gloves: Wear gloves when going outside in the cold or when doing chores that involve water to protect your nails from the dry, cold air.
Take short, lukewarm showers: Hot water can dry out your skin and nails, so stick to lukewarm water when showering or bathing.
Use a humidifier: Running a humidifier in your home can add moisture to the air, which can help keep your nails hydrated.
Use a nail strengthener: Nail strengtheners can help to protect and nourish your nails, look for one that contains moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin, shea butter, or coconut oil.
Avoid biting or picking at your nails: This can cause damage to your nails and make them more likely to break or split.
Limit the use of nail polish remover: Acetone-based nail polish removers can dry out your nails, use a non-acetone based remover or limit the use of it.
Use a gentle nail file: Avoid using metal files, which can cause damage to the nails, instead use a glass or a crystal file.
Make sure you're getting enough nutrients: A diet lacking in certain nutrients such as iron, zinc, and protein can lead to weak and brittle nails.
Consider visiting a dermatologist or a podiatrist for additional care and recommendations if your nails continue to be dry and brittle despite your best efforts.