Protect your digits from cold, windy weather
Winter can wreak havoc on your nails. Everything—from acetone nail polish removers and washing dishes to cold weather and indoor heat—can dry out your nails, leaving them weak and susceptible to breaking, peeling and chipping. Make these changes to keep your manicure strong and dazzling.
Make moisturizer a priority. When you moisturize your hands, pay attention to your nails and cuticles, too. Choose moisturizers containing lactic acid, phospholipids or urea, and stick to fragrance-free versions. (Scented moisturizers can be drying.) When you’re outside in the cold, apply lip balm to your cuticles.
Glove up. Cold air and wind can zap moisture from your nails. Wear gloves if you’ll be out in the weather. At night, slather nails and cuticles with olive oil or vaseline and wear cotton gloves to bed. Soaps and detergents can damage your nails, so use rubber gloves when you’re washing dishes and doing other household chores.
Give your nails a break. Choose a nail polish remover without acetone, and every three to four weeks, go polish free to let your nails breathe.
Treat your nails with care. Never file your nails when they’re wet, and always file them in one direction. Don’t bite your nails or pick your cuticles. And stop using your nails as a makeshift screwdriver.
Watch your diet. Vitamin B and protein help strengthen your nails. So load up on lean avocados, beans, eggs, lentils, lean meat, pork and salmon.