My winter nail routine

Seems like winter is the theme of this week with a second winter-themed post! Today I'll be talking all about how I prep my hands for winter's harsh weather. Although it's not like I'm a fisherman or factory worker exposing my hands to the elements and harsh chemicals all the time, my hands do take a bit more of a beating than during the rest of the year due to the cold winter air outside and the harsh, dry air of office heaters inside. I'm pretty terrible normally at the best of times with my hands, so this year I resolved to treat them a little better.

Here are my tips and tricks on how to keep your nails and hands healthy and young looking throughout the winter months:

Just J: My winter nail routine
From top left: Pond's Dry Skin Cream, With Shyan treatment oil, Buffer block #60 by Ikonna, Julep Crystal nail file, Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax hand cream

Tip 1: Moisturize
Due to all that dryness, keeping your hands moist is key. In the winter, it's time to bust out the big guns. During the day, I've been alternating my usual hand creams with the Pond's Dry Skin Cream, which is actually intended for your face, but which works for me at least, better on my body instead. The Pond's Dry Skin Cream contains a ton of emollients, so it prevents precious moisture from evaporating into the air.

At night, I've been treating my hands to a special treat thanks to the ultra-rich Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax hand cream. This waxy balm smells amazing and contains all natural ingredients like sweet almond oil, vitamin E and aloe vera. I massage it in liberally at night and wake up in the morning with baby soft hands.

Tip 2: Don't forget to moisturize your nails!
While most of us are good at paying attention to our hands, we often forget that our nails and cuticles need some lovin' too! I have perpetually dry cuticles thanks to my perpetual neglect, so I'm pretty new at following this tip. Lately, I've been using this With Shyan treatment oil (see review) twice daily - it has an energizing lemony scent (great in the mornings!) and it gives my cuticles some quick moisture.

Tip 3: Regularly buff and file your nails into a healthy shape
A couple years ago, I picked up this crystal nail file and buffing-polishing duo stick from a local craft fair and it literally changed my life. I never realized this, but buffing your nails can really have an impact! Buffing helps to increase circulation to your nail beds giving them a healthy pink color and it helps polish away those rough ridges so that your nails feel silky smooth. After a good buff and polishing session, my nails are so shiny they look as if they're wearing top coat and the effect lasts for a week!

I also highly recommend purchasing a crystal nail file. Unlike those flimsy paper ones you get for free in goody bags and from stores, these will last you FOREVER and are super sharp. They also feel smoother and gentler on your nails so you don't get that weird grating feeling.

The seller who I purchased my buffing stick and crystal file from doesn't seem to have any presence online, but you can purchase some great options from Julep or Nail Polish Canada.

Want some more tips on how to get your hands and nails looking hand model-worthy? Well, Julep has put together a handy (hehe) guide on how to winterize your nails, which you can see below. Don't forget to check out some of their great winter nail polish shades online too!

Just J: how to winterize your nails, care of Julep

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