Makeup & nails
Nov 27, 2015

How to properly take care of your nails come winter

By: Carli Whitwell

Getty Author: Elle Canada Credits: Getty

Makeup & nails
Nov 27, 2015

How to properly take care of your nails come winter

By: Carli Whitwell
Hair and skin aren’t the only victims of moisture- and soul-sucking winter. Nails also get their share of sub-zero abuse – especially when you're trying to Snapchat your tobogganing escapade with fingerless gloves. (Note to self: invest in touchscreen texting gloves ASAP.)

“You'll probably start to notice your cuticles more as the weather gets
 colder. They tend to dry out and harden in the winter. This is an 
effect of both the temperature outdoors and the artificial heat we
 encounter everyday,” says Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen Global Colour Ambassador. “Dryness can also cause your nails to become
 more brittle, to crack and break more easily.”

HOW TO FIX IT: Hit the salon for a waterless manicure (i.e. where your hands don’t soak) at least once a month. “When nails absorb water they expand and won’t return to their natural strength for up to 24 hours. Water is something you should try and keep your nails away from as much as possible," says Naomi Misu, from Tips Nail Bar in Toronto.

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In between trips to the salon, keep nails healthy at home by filing, buffing and polishing once a week. Here are some of our favourite products to use.

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The best nail products to use in the winter

Best nail product to use in the winter: Cuticle remover

You can give yourself a waterless manicure at home with Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover to gently push and soften cuticles. Poole recommends using this every 10 days or so. Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover ($7.99), at drugstores and mass-market retailers.   READ MORE: 9+ must-have beauty buys for the best sleep ever

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Courtesy of Sally Hansen Credits: ELLE Canada

The best nail products to use in the winter

Best nail product to use in the winter: Vitamin E

After your mani, make sure you moisturize hands and cuticles. For an extra hydration boost, apply products with Vitamin E. Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil ($11.99), at drugstores and mass-market retailers.   READ MORE: 4 reasons why floral scents work for winter

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Courtesy of Essie Credits: ELLE Canada

The best nail products to use in the winter

Best nail product to use in the winter: Cuticle oil

Misu swears by the OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil to Go, which she uses before bed and carries in her purse. “It's a pen-type of cuticle oil that you can carry without worrying about spillage. Applying cuticle oil at least once a day will prolong the life of your manicure too!” OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go ($9.95), at chatters.ca.   READ MORE: The holiday beauty collabs you don't want to miss

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Courtesy of OPI Credits: ELLE Canada

The best nail products to use in the winter

Best nail product to use in the winter: DIY scrub

Poole sometimes gives herself a DIY scrub with a homemade mix of sugar and coconut oil. Rub on nails, rinse off and apply cuticle remover. Follow with nail hardener. READ MORE: An editor's dessert-inspired winter beauty routine

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Getty Credits: ELLE Canada

The best nail products to use in the winter

Best nail product to use in the winter: Nail polish

Great news, polish lovers, the rule that you shouldn’t wear colour to let your nails breathe is a myth. “Nails are made of keratin. Keeping them covered will never cause damage to them," says Misu. But, if you prefer darker polishes, try to keep these on for two weeks max. Darker shades can cause nails to yellow. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Le Charm ($22), at sephora.ca.   READ MORE: 15 innovative beauty products

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Courtesy of Sephora Credits: ELLE Canada

The best nail products to use in the winter

Best nail product to use in the winter: Growth treatment

If you prefer to go polish-free, try a growth treatment for extra shine and protection.   Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle Treatment ($9.99), at drugstore and mass-market retailers.   READ MORE: The best holiday beauty gifts under $50

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Courtesy of Sally Hansen Credits: ELLE Canada

The best nail products to use in the winter

Best nail product to use in the winter: Moisturizing hand sanitizer

You need a hand sanitizer when you’re on the go, but not one that will dry out hands and nails. Try this formula, which contains anti-aging peptides. Renouve Anti-Aging Everyday Defense Hand-Sanitizer N º6 Pink ($36), at net-a-porter.com.   READ MORE: Why you love the scent of your hair products so much

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Courtesy of NET-A-PORTER Credits: ELLE Canada

The best nail products to use in the winter

Best nail product to use in the winter: Hand cream

“Apply hand cream anytime you wash your hands and before putting on your gloves when heading out in the cold,” says Misu. Nuxe Rêve de Miel Hand & Nail Cream ($17), at beautyboutique.ca.   READ MORE: Your guide to perfect holiday braids

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Courtesy of Shoppers Drug Mart Credits: ELLE Canada


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