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Your nails in the winter



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Winter is a harsh season for hands and nails. During the cold months they should get extra attention and proper treatment if they are to remain healthy and beautiful.

Lotion

Let’s begin with the ingredients your winter hand lotion should contain. Carefully read the labels and if you happen to see shea butter in the ingredients list, know that this product will soften your skin and smooth it out. Also, essential oils of avocado, sunflower and coconut nourish the skin and restore its elasticity.

At home

The best time for hand care is after a hot bath or shower. Gently push the cuticles toward the base of the nail, apply a thin layer of lotion or olive oil and start to lightly massage your fingers and nails. Afterwards remove the oil and apply nail hardener.

Remember

Don’t wash your hands too often. They do not need to be disinfected hourly. Such treatment seriously harms and dries the skin. Be careful to choose such washing and nourishing hand products as contain bees wax. It is especially effective if your hands are to be exposed to wind or cold weather.

Vaseline is a helpful ally. It can do wonders for rough skin patches.

Exfoliate the rough skin wedges around the nail with a soft toothbrush.

Treat your hands to a mask at least once every two weeks. Here is a homemade recipe for you:

Finely grate one carrot and add to it one tablespoon of sour cream and a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix well and apply to hands. Rinse in 10 to 15 minutes.

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