If it seems like you’re going through litres of lotion lately, you’re not going crazy. Cracked cuticles, dry flaky skin and handfuls of hangnails are all painful signs that winter is fast approaching and the warm, sunny autumn days are numbered. As the temperature drops and the seasons change, your hands fall victim to the cold, frozen weather. Although the frigid temperatures in Ottawa can be extremely hard to handle, we’ve discovered a few manicure tweaks that will save you – and your nails – from hanging high and dry this winter.
Anyone whose ever worn glitter polish knows the true meaning of ambivalence. You know you’ll fall head over heels in love with your shimmery fingers until about two weeks later, when it comes time to remove it. After what feels like an eternity of frustrated finger rubbing, you reach over mounds of cotton balls for the trusty bottle of acetone. While at times it’s been your savior, there’s something you should know about the common chemical: it severely dries out your skin. Come wintertime, fingers are weakened from the extremes of frigid cold paired with blasts of dry heat, and using acetone is only making things worse. The solution? Switch to an acetone-free remover, and keep to a strict regimen of using nail polish remover no more than once per week. Say hello to healthy skin!
Protect Your Pointers
It’s a given that pulling on hangnails is a no-no, but one of the worst nail care habits is aggressive back-and-forth filing. The result? Nails that peel easier than a banana! Always file in one direction using a soft, flexible file (never metal) to keep your natural nails strong. And speaking of strength, treat them gently, like diamonds! Using your nails to open, rip or pierce anything is going to weaken them, regardless of the season. Saving the dirty work for your scissors will save you the agony of breakage. Along those lines, it’s also a good idea to give nails a weekly trim to prevent from any snagging.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
We can’t stress this enough. It’s important to stay well hydrated and drink plenty of water this time of year. When nail beds and cuticles are exposed to extreme cold outside and dry heat inside, they become frail, dry and weak. Keep all that precious moisture locked in by wearing gloves to protect them from the harsh Ottawa winter elements. If your fingers are constantly cracking and splitting, treat them to a weekly massage with cuticle oil followed by an hour in cotton gloves.
Treating Yourself To Regular Manicures
It’s called a mani-cure for a reason! Having an expert at your fingertips is the best way to combat even the harshest Ottawa winter. Our licensed estheticians would love to give you a manicure to marvel over.
To learn more about Oxygen Medi Spa’s winter specials and services in Ottawa – manicure & pedicure especially! – contact us today!