Beat Cracked, Brittle Nails This Winter: 10 Tips for Healthy, Hydrated Nails

Beat Cracked, Brittle Nails This Winter: 10 Tips for Healthy, Hydrated Nails

Posted by Marketing Dr. Dana on

The cold, dry air of winter can do a number on your nails, leaving them dried out, fragile, and downright painful. Between freezing temperatures outdoors, moisture-zapping indoor heat, frequent hand-washing, and sweaters snagging on every corner, it’s no wonder your nails need some extra TLC this time of year.

Luckily there are many ways to defend your tips and cuticles against seasonal damage. With the right regimen of hydrating, filing, and protective gear, you can maintain beautiful, healthy nails all winter long.

Follow these top tips to help avoid cracks, splits, and breaks even in the harshest conditions:

Apply Cuticle Oil Daily

A nourishing cuticle oil should become your new best friend for the next few months. The cuticle acts as a protective barrier and is the key to overall nail health, so it’s important to keep your cuticles hydrated and healthy. Our Nourishing Cuticle Oil contains hydrating Sunflower and Jojoba Oils and barrier-enhancing Indigo Naturalis to stimulate nail growth and support cuticle health. Use daily, or as often as needed, especially before bed. 

Slather on a Thick, Rich Hand Cream

Your other key product this winter is a thick, rich hand cream that absorbs easily without a greasy feel. Shea butter, glycerin, dimethicone and similar moisturizing ingredients create a protective barrier that locks in hydration and prevents moisture loss. Apply hand cream multiple times per day, such as after each hand wash, before bed, and whenever your hands feel dry and tight. Prioritize creams with shea butter, glycerin or hyaluronic acid for extra softness.

Drink Plenty of Water

Just like every other part of your body, your nails need proper hydration to stay healthy. Make a point to drink at least 64 ounces of water per day to maintain moisture levels and help prevent your nails from becoming dry and brittle. Infuse your water with lemon, cucumber or fruit for a little flavor if that helps you drink more!

Wear Gloves for Wet Work

When your hands will be submerged in water for household chores like washing dishes, laundry or cleaning, slip on a pair of waterproof gloves to protect your nails from damage. Look for rubber gloves with a cotton lining for added comfort. The same goes for outdoor activities like playing in the snow, sledding or handling frozen car doors. Waterproof winter gloves will shield your nails from harsh conditions.

File Nails into a Rounded Shape

A rounded nail shape is always a good choice, but it’s especially key in winter when nails are prone to painful splits and cracks. File your tips in a gentle curve rather than square or pointed, which creates pressure points. Smooth the edges with our non-damaging Precision Glass Nail File to eliminate any rough areas where cracks can start.

Remove Polish with a Non-Acetone Formula

Many traditional nail polish removers contain drying acetone, which can damage nails and cuticles over time. For a more nourishing option, use an acetone-free formula enriched with hydrating oils. Our Hydrating Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover was developed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dana Stern to remove even dark shades easily while moisturizing nails. It features a grapefruit scent and caring ingredients that won't strip or dry nails. The dropper allows mess-free application. 

Protect Your Hands in the Cold

Wear warm gloves or mittens whenever heading outside, and tuck in your coat sleeves so no part of your hands is exposed to freezing air. Use gloves with a soft, breathable lining to prevent sweatiness. Switch to a fresh dry pair, as needed, if gloves get damp. Carry an extra pair in your bag or car.


With this comprehensive nail care regimen, you can wave goodbye to split, cracked, and painful fingertips! Be vigilant about moisturizing, protecting, and nourishing your nails every day. Don’t let winter get the best of your hands. Show off gorgeous, healthy nails all season long with these simple tips.

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