How to Take Care of Nails in Winter: 7-Step Winter Nail Care Routine

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
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5 Minutes

Seasonal changes can affect our bodies and no one wants to deal with thin and brittle nails. A little TLC really does go a long way! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to take care of your nails in winter.

Keep reading to discover my ultimate winter nail care routine!

Tools and materials:

  • Cuticle oil 
  • Acetone
  • Cotton swabs
  • Glass file
  • Cuticle pusher (optional)
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • Nail polish
  • Hand moisturizer
Applying nail oil before using acetone

1. Remove nail polish

Let’s start with the basics. Winter nail care is best done on natural nails. So, if you have nail polish or gel, go ahead and remove it.

First, apply some oil to your cuticles. This will help you not dry your cuticles once you apply acetone. 

To learn more about what oil I use, you can read my previous tutorial on DIY Cuticle Oil for Nail Growth - My Secret Recipe.

Using a cotton pad and acetone on nails

Next, remove your nail polish with acetone. I use a cotton pad for this.

If you’re wondering, I use 100% pure acetone, which I know not everyone likes because it's harsh and drying, but this is why I use cuticle oil before and after.

Winter nail care

Now, onto the next step! 

Applying nail oil to the cuticle area

2. Apply nail oil

Apply a generous amount of nail oil to your cuticle area and rub in the oil. Leave it on for a few minutes. 

Tip: You can apply cuticle oil even if you have nail polish on your nails. 

Pushing back cuticles with a fingernail

3. Push back cuticles

Once you’ve applied nail oil, go ahead and push back your cuticles. I’m using my clean nail for this step, but you could also use a clean cuticle pusher.

How to care for your nails during the winter

Filing nails to the desired length

4. File your nails

Using a glass nail file, go ahead and file your nails to your desired length. 

Tip: If you're using a regular nail file (not glass), be sure to file in one direction. 

Winter nail care routine

5. Apply a base coat

Next, go ahead and apply your favorite base coat. This is the most important step for any manicure, in my opinion. It helps prevent nails from staining and breaking. 

Applying a top coat over nail polish

6. Apply nail polish 

Next, apply your favorite nail polish and top it off with an excellent top coat to seal the deal! 

Hand and nail care in winter

7. Apply hand cream

Winter calls for a lot more moisturizing, and that’s why you should make it a habit to apply your favorite hand cream several times a day. 

How to take care of nails in winter

How to take care of nails in winter

This is how to care for your nails during the winter! No chips, breaks, or dryness! Investing extra time during your winter nail care routine will make a world of difference.

Thanks for joining me, and I’ll see you again with more nail care tips! 

Suggested materials:
  • Cuticle oil
  • Acetone
  • Cotton swabs
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