During the winter, my hands tend to get incredibly dry, especially around the nails and cuticles. It’s something I’ve always struggled with, but over the years I’ve been able to create a little 3-step winter Essie routine that gives me an amazingly gorgeous mani that also provides intense hydration and nourishment to the nail bed.
After removing any old nail polish and washing my hands, I like to take Essie’s Apricot Oil and brush some of it across all of my cuticles and the tops of my nails. I then take a few minutes to fully massage the oil in, focusing mainly on my cuticles so they can absorb as much of the moisture as possible. I always use full strength acetone remover because I’m so impatient when taking my nail polish off, but the downside is that it makes my nails and cuticles incredibly dry. Using an oil in between manis really helps to give some hydration back to my skin so my cuticles are less likely to peel and crack.
Once the cuticle oil has fully absorbed, I move on to prepping my nails for a new coat of polish. I struggle a bit with thin, peeling nails, and I’ve found that using a nutrient-rich base coat really helps protect my nails and make them stronger so they don’t peel as much/often. Essie has a great treatment called Millionails that I really love using. It works great as a base coat, and I’ll even use it on days when I don’t wear anything else just because it makes my nails feel so healthy and strong.
After being a huge Essie fan for years and trying several of their shades, I’ve finally found my signature nail color. Lady Like is a gorgeous mauve-nude shade that looks amazing for any season, any occasion, and with any nail length. This has become my go-to shade, and I’ve been wearing it a lot lately because it looks especially nice for this time of year. I really like how creamy this polish is – it only takes 1-2 coats for a full opaque look, and almost an entire week goes by before I notice and chips.
Do you have any favorite products for nourishing winter nails?