In the winter months, nature dries up, animals hibernate, boots come out of our closets and ice forms on our cars. Ever take a minute to think what your body, your skin and your nails go through? Many people may take notice from past colder days that their skin may crack, or they may have drier cuticles and lacklustre nails. This season, make it a winter wonderland for, you know, those dancing digits that dance all over social media all day, and for your feet—after all, they are our wheels that take us all over the place (in oh-so-cute shoes).
The best way to do this is to have a plan. That’s right, a winter wonderland seasonal nail care plan.
Naja’s Winter Nail Tips:
- Apply cuticle oil daily (That means EVERY day!). Make it easy! I have Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Balm with my skin care morning routine. I apply right after my face moisturizer (the excess moisturizer on my hands I rub into the fronts of my hands and cuticles). I also carry small mini bottles of Dadi Oil by Famous Names in my purse. I apply before every important meeting or any time I am meeting anyone. So, if you interact with anyone during the day and follow this rule, it will be easy to do every day. You can also apply every time you touch up or reapply your lipstick. When I reach in my bag for my lipstick, I also reach for my cuticle care.
- Give yourself a hot/cold water therapy treatment. Use two large bowls (basins or dish pans work too). Fill one with hot water and one with cold water. In the hot you can use 1-2 cups of Epsom salts to soothe tired feet, and it also acts as a softener. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Take turns in each water bath. Soak in the hot water for 3+ minutes, then take a cold plunge for up to 2 minutes. Alternate 3-4 times, ending with the cold water. Being able to enjoy the cold water may take some practice, but it will be well worth it, as it helps with circulation, skin lustre, relaxation, and cracked, rough heels.
Just as your clothing wardrobe may change in the colder weather, so can your nail styles and colors. We go darker, bolder, and richer in the winter months on our nails. Some even opt to go a little wilder with their nail choices towards the holidays.
Naja’s Winter Nail Trends:
- Deep, rich dark hues on the nails are always a winner. Think Bordeaux, deep-red wine, or a rich chocolate brown.
- This season greens have made a splash. Give olive green colors a chance on your fingertips. Think deep forest or mossy green.
- Classic red nails will always turn heads. I am a fan!
- For the holidays and New Year’s give shiny, smooth chrome-like metallics a play. These can be full coverage or a slim line down the center of the nail (over a creamy nude or pink color) or on the tip of the nail. Widen the line to make a bold statement, or keep it slim for a subtle nail statement. Try a chunky silver or gold glitter over white nails or a vibrant mauve.
Nails are an extension of your style and overall look. I am a fan of slender pointed or coffin nails. Even try a matte topcoat over those deep, dark burgundy hues. Have fun and bring the life to the party with your nails!