We've been seriously indulging in bright reds, glitter and rich jewel tones for the past few months. And the constant use of nail polish remover and staining polish has left our hands dry and nails looking worked over. But the holidays are now officially behind us, so it's time to get our nails strong and beautiful again!
First, you need a good hand cream. The trick to having healthy skin, cuticles and nails is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I keep a travel size of Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Hand Creme with me at all times and always apply it after washing my hands to keep my skin healthy and glowing. After all, what good is a clean, beautiful manicure with dry hands?
Are you afraid your nails might be permanently stained yellow (those festive blues and reds can be notoriously hard to get off your nails and fingers). No need to freak out. Here's a trick that will help remove the stains. Put a bit of whitening toothpaste on each nail and use a (clean) toothbrush with a small amount of warm water and scrub your nails for about three minutes. Then repeat if necessary.
Once your nails are stain free, use an intensive protein treatment on your naked nails and cuticles like Healthy Hoof, which is available at most drugstores and online. Really slather the treatment on and let it penetrate your nails and cuticle area for about 15-20 minutes. This will really help to both moisturize your cuticles, which can get literally tore up in winter time, and strengthen your nail plate to help prevent splitting and breaking.
Lastly, always keep a good cuticle balm with you! I like Badger Cuticle Care because it smells like pine and absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy. Rub it into your nails and cuticles right before hand lotion to really seal in the shea butter. I keep this in my purse so I can reapply at any time and keep my nails nourished at all times.
With just these few simple steps, you can nurse your hands and nails back to beautiful in no time.