Dry skin is a manicure’s worst nightmare. But it happens. I’ve suffered from all of these results at one time or another, so here’s the effect dry skin can have on your manicure and what you can do to give your nails all the attention they deserve.
1. It ages you
Have you ever heard the saying that a woman’s hands give away her age? Well when your hands look unnecessarily wrinkly it can add a few years to your manicure. Keeping hands and nails well hydrated helps to achieve a more supple and glow-y complexion.
2. Weakens nails
I’m all about keeping nails beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. A lack of moisture doesn’t just affect your hands, but your nails too, causing them to break. By moisturising your cuticles you can help stimulate growth.
3. Manicures won’t last as long
If your hands and cuticles are dry, then your nails probably are too. Dry nails are more prone to splits and peeling, which will result in chips in your paint work.
4. Lacks a professional look
I won’t pretend that I haven’t heard some horror stories that have taken place at a nail salon, but for the most part, if you have your nails professionally done, then they are left looking pristine. Meanwhile, at home we can get so excited to paint on a new polish that we miss out some of the basic steps of a proper manicure.
5. Detracts from your paint work
When you’ve spent a long time doing your nails, you don’t want the focus to shift from the design onto your cuticles and surrounding skin. Skin and nails can get particularly dry during the Autumn/Winter months so it’s even more important to replace any lost moisture and bring all the attention where it belongs: on your nails.
A Quick Fix for Dry Skin
If you don’t want to go all out on a manicure and just want a quick fix, try this:
- Wash your hands with a scrub – I use a face scrub for this part – and really rub it into the backs of your hands and cuticles.
- Rinse thoroughly and pat dry
- Apply a bit of hand cream. Not too much, just enough for your hands to have basic moisture
- After 5 mins moisturise them again, making sure to rub it into each and every cuticle
- Optional – If you feel they are really dry, you can add a drop of Olive Oil to your hands and nails and rub in
You should notice that your hands and cuticles have a brighter and healthier appearance. Over time increased moisture will see your nails reaping the benefits too!
All of this advice is to anyone that has dry skin on the odd occasion. If your dry skin is severe, persistent or a you have specific skin condition then please consult your doctor or GP.