Summer vs Winter Nail Care

Like many workplaces in this day and age, the Office is a global one. While I’m writing this in a Sydney heatwave, my colleagues in New York are freezing in the aftermath of the Bomb Blizzard over the East Coast. We are across the globe and the difference in weather means our nails have different needs. Today I’m going to run through the top tips to keep your nails healthy wherever you are in the world.

The winter weather is hard on your nails, especially the relentless cold NY is experiencing currently. Enemy number one is dry hands and cracked nails. The rapid temperature change from moving between outside and inside tends to dehydrate your nails and skin. To protect your nails from this you need to keep them covered as much as possible. This means mittens and gloves, not only are they a cute fashion statement in Winter but they help protect your nails. You should also keep your nails themselves covered by using a moisturizing base coat- even when you don’t have polish on. Your nails should never be fully naked, a clear base coat will keep them protected from the dry Winter air. Finally, the obvious, use an extra strength hand and nail cream to keep your hands and nails moisturized. Every time you have a bath or shower, follow it with an intense hand and nail cream to ensure your nails are getting all the moisture they need!

Summer heat can dry out your nails, but in a different way to Winter cold! The excess heat can actually bake your nails which leads to yellowing. To prevent this, use two coats of base coat when you paint your nails with regular polish and if your nails are prone to yellowing, try using paler colors in Summer. Another Summer problem is brittle nails, this is because of spending time in air conditioning, as well as exposing your nails to chlorine. To combat this, you should always have a strengthening or hardening base coat protecting your nails. Constant contact with water, from swimming at the beach or in a pool can also dry out your skin and nails, which is why your cuticles and the skin around your fingers tends to dry out and crack during Summer. The solution? Pop a travel sized hand cream in your handbag and beach bag, just carry it around with you and slather it on whenever you wash your hands or after you dry off from a swim. If possible, go for one with beeswax as it will help lock in moisture.

An all-year tip for nail health is to drink enough water! Keep your nails healthy from the inside out by drinking six to eight glasses of water a day and you will notice the difference in your nail (and overall body) health!

So whereabouts are you reading this from? Are your nails suffering from heat or cold? Let us know by commenting below!




Mette Jorgensen

Our Editor Mette is a fan of a glitter manicure, she can often be found pleading with her manicurist for just one more coat to achieve the ultimate sparkle. She's Australian so forgive her for occasionally writing in British English.

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