The combination of cold weather, dry air, and lots of extra washing can make the winter months tough on your hands. If you find yourself faced with cracked skin, rough cuticles, or nails that chip and break, you might be tempted to try every treatment on the market that promises healthy hands. However, lots of natural remedies are incredibly effective when it comes to beautiful hands and nails. Here are our favorite tips for a healthy hand makeover.
Start with a Scrub: If your hands are rough and peeling from dry winter air or too much Purell, revitalize your skin with an all-natural scrub that will remove dead cells, improve circulation, and promote a healthy glow. Look for salt or sugar-based options featuring natural moisturizers (more on that below), or make a DIY version with essential oils and a few ingredients found in your own kitchen.
Moisturize Naturally: Though your medicine cabinet may be stockpiled with lotions in countless scents and formulations, single-ingredient natural moisturizers are the most effective when it comes to avoiding chemicals and promoting healthy skin. Replace traditional hand lotions with coconut oil, shea butter, or sweet almond oil as a moisturizing treatment before bed each night. When applying, be sure to focus on areas of your hands that experience lots of daily wear and tear, like your fingertips and cuticles.
Be Gentle with Your Cuticles: When it comes to cuticles, it’s essential to avoid trimming during a manicure. Your cuticles are key for keeping bacteria away from the nail bed, and trimming them can result in unwanted infections. If your cuticles look unruly, moisten them and push them back gently with a cuticle pusher; only trim away dead skin or hangnails when absolutely necessary.
Trim & Shape Regularly: Our nails are more prone to breakage during the dry winter months, which can be frustrating and painful. To limit chips and cracks, trim your nails regularly and file them into a rounded shape, which is more resistant to breakage.
Add Collagen to Your Diet: If your nails are brittle or slow to grow, a natural supplement may be the answer to healthier hands. According to recent studies, incorporating collagen peptides into your diet can help to reduce breakage and promote faster nail growth, improving the overall appearance of your nails. Collagen peptides are commonly sold as a flavorless powder, which can be mixed into your daily coffee or smoothie.
Choose Nine-Free Nail Polish: After testing out these natural remedies, your hands are likely to look fantastic au naturel. However, we all love a splash of colorful nail polish now and then. To keep your nails healthy, look for polishes that are labeled “Nine-Free.” This means that the polish is made without harmful chemicals including formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, parabens, and acetone. Here are some picks for striking colors without the chemicals.
Do you have any tips for keeping your hands and nails naturally beautiful? Share your best beauty secrets in the comments!
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