Proper Winter Nail Care

Our nails tend to get much drier and more brittle in the winter months. Keeping your nails healthy and strong while battling the cold, dry winter air can be a challenge, but fortunately there are some steps you can take to keep your nails protected from the elements.

Preventing the loss of moisture from your nails is the key to keeping them strong. Try the following tips:

  • Wear gloves—Keep your hands covered to keep them warm and to protect them from the harsh winter environment.
  • Use plenty of moisturizer—Always apply your moisturizer after washing and be sure to include your cuticles and nails. It’s best to apply lotion several times a day, so always keep some with you and carry extra in your car or bag.
  • Cuticle health—Special cuticle oil is also available and can be used in addition to the moisturizer.
  • Hydration—Drinking plenty of healthy fluids throughout the day to moisturize your skin from the inside out!
  • Nail care—Since your nails tend to be more fragile in the winter, try to file them in one direction rather than with a back and forth motion. Of course you should always try to avoid biting your nails or using them as if they were tools.
  • Avoid toxic polish removers—Avoid those containing formaldehyde or acetone and use one that contains acetate instead.

With these simple steps, you’ll be showing off your nails all winter long, but if you notice any signs of abnormal nail growth or discoloration, consult with an experienced dermatologist. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.