23rd November 2014
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe
On your wedding day you are likely to have a few close up shots of your hands, putting the wedding ring on, signing the registry, chinking champagne glasses. The last thing you want is dry, scaly hands. At this time of year it can be difficult to keep all bits of your bod in peak condition. Thanks to a lovely friend of mine who requested this post, here you have your very own guide to ward off winter hands.
Dry cuticles that are in bad condition can hurt and even bleed in extreme cases. It’s important to know that your cuticles play an important role in the condition of your overall nail health. You need to make sure that you aren’t opening your fingers up to infection with anything that you do to your cuticles. If you want to push your cuticles back make sure you apply cuticle remover (it comes in the form of a cream) and then, using a wooden orange stick, gently push the cuticle towards the base of your finger. Gently trim any hangnails with a cuticle nipper making sure that you are using squeaky clean utensils to avoid infection. Cuticle oil is a really great way to get your nails in better shape. Nails will get most of their nutrition from your cuticle so keeping them supple and moisturised will do wonders for nail strength and growth.
If you have really dry hands from the weather or housework this is a great tip to get them in peak condition in about a week or so. Before you get into bed put a dollop of exfoliator on the palm of your hands and rub them together as if you are washing them. Then dry them off and smother your hands in heel balm (the stuff you put on dry, cracked heels) and then pop a pair of socks on as mittens. Repeat this every night for about a week and you will have silky soft hands in no time at all. When you wake up in the morning wash your hands with a gentle soap and finish off with a rich hand cream.
With a normal mani the focus is on your nails. While you might get a brief hand massage, if your overall hands are in bad condition, a paraffin wax manicure is what you will need if you need to reset and get your hands back on track. The health of the whole hand is the priority. Paraffin wax is oily and designed to lock in moisture which is ideal for dry wintery hands. While you can get the at home treatment for this I do recommend that you get this treatment done in a spa. The temperature of the wax is something you don’t want to have to play around with at the risk of burning yourself. Besides, you will get the full monty with a paraffin manicure which will leave you feeling thoroughly relaxed.
What is your favourite winter colour for your nails, are bright colours a no no? Let me know what you think…