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Win­ter can be a harsh time for our nails. Fin­gers are ex­posed to harsh, dry­ing winds, while toes go from get­ting lots of air and sun­shine to be­ing hid­den in heavy shoes and socks.

Not to men­tion, as a gen­eral rule fin­ger­nails are sub­jected to more chem­i­cals dur­ing the sum­mer months, so by the time win­ter comes around they can be quite dam­aged.

Here are some tips for keep­ing your nails healthy dur­ing the cooler months:

Nour­ish your nails: While mois­tur­is­ing cream may be­come your hands’ best friend, it’s im­por­tant to add cu­ti­cle oil in your daily rit­ual as well — par­tic­u­larly with jo­joba or ar­gan oil.

Be­tween cream and oil, it will save your nails from get­ting too dry.

Cover them up: Some­times wear­ing gloves can be just awkward and hard work, but keep­ing those hands out of the harsh wind will pay off in the long run.

Con­trar­ily, give your toe­nails breath­ing time ev­ery so of­ten. Keep away from chem­i­cals: Clean­ing prod­ucts, ace­tone, and — oddly enough — ex­cess wa­ter, are all bad for nails. Wear house­hold gloves when clean­ing and try to avoid harsh chem­i­cals as much as pos­si­ble.

Hot wa­ter weak­ens nails so per­haps start wear­ing gloves when you do the wash­ing up too — your hands will thank you for keep­ing them out of that dry­ing dish­wash­ing liquid as well.

Keep them pretty: More self-care than nail-care, don’t let your reg­u­lar pol­ish ses­sions go to the side­lines un­til sum­mer comes back.

Bright colours can do wonders for your mood dur­ing the grey­ness of win­ter, not to men­tion the added plus of some pamper time.

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