As you've already seen from the title this post is going to be all about hand and nail care in the cold weather. Although the sun has been making appearances more often these past days, it is still very cold and windy in London.
You might know from my previous post on hand care that my hands are naturally extremely dry so in the winter I have to take extra special care of them. The stars of my routine are L'Occitane's One Minute Scrub and Shea Butter Hand Cream, along with Nail Envy by O.P.I.
I use L'Occitane's One Minute Scrub at least twice a week. It consists of a phase of organic brown exfoliating sugar to scrub and eliminate dead skin cells and of an oily phase of shea, sweet almond oil and grape-seed oils to help soften and nourish the hands. Every time I use it my skin feels renewed, hydrated and baby soft.
The L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is a lifesaver! I use it every night before I go to sleep and I don't wake up in the small hours looking for hand cream anymore, nor do I need to reapply it every hour throughout the day. It is a very nourishing cream with a thick consistency rich in shea butter that that never fails me. Keep in mind that the cream takes a few minutes to be fully absorbed so it isn't ideal for on the go. Going through the motions of my day I normally reach for Soap & Glory's Hand Food. I will buy L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream forever! :)
I have very brittle nails that peal and break severely. I've seen people rave about O.P.I. Nail Envy all over YouTube (yes, I watch that way too much), so I decided to give it a go. I was not disappointing! According ti the instructions you should apply two layers to clean nails and then reapply every other day for a week. On the seventh day you take it off and start over. I did that the first time I tried the product and it worked really well. After a while, however, I just started applying and reapplying just when I feel like my nails need it. It makes my nails really strong and shiny and also serves as a great base and top coat.
I don't really have much to say about Sally Hansen's Gel Cuticle Remover apart from the fact that it works well and smells nice. It is not so much the product in particular that I wanted to mention, as is the action of pushing back your cuticles. It makes a really big difference in the appearance of your manicure.
The AEOS Biodynamic Nail & Cuticle Oil is a great product that moisturizes and nourishes the cuticles and nails keeping them healthy. It contains organic sweet almond oil, poppy seed oil and sunflower oil among others. I have definitely noticed and improvement in my nails since I've started using it a few times a week.
What about you? Do you use any of this products? Let me know in the comments! If you have any other tips and tricks I'd love to read those too! :)