DIY Hand/ Nail Care

My hands and nails both react very badly to cold weather - my skin becomes dry and rough, my nails start to flake badly and break off. It isn't pretty! I used to have really strong, lovely nails...until I slammed one in a car door. Somehow, it affected them all and they started to get weak and flake :/ During Winter and the months after, I have to baby my hands and nails a little to strengthen them up for the Spring/ Summer months. This is how I do it....

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1. Remove your old nail polish, preferably with an acetone free polish remover. Acetone can be drying and damaging to the skin and's also capable of melting plastic - 'nuff said.

2. File your nails down to ONE LENGTH. It looks neater and cleaner than having nine talons and a stump. Just give up, you have been defeated - one of your nine talons will more than likely break or snag before your stump catches up to them.

3. Apply either cuticle oil or olive oil all over your nails. These both help to soften the cuticle and strengthen the nails. I usually leave them for about twenty minutes before pushing back my cuticles with an orange stick. You can trim them, but that can lead to cuts and infections so I usually avoid it.

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4. Mix olive oil and coarse sugar together until you get a 'scrub' consistency. Work it over your hands like an exfoliator to buff away dead skin cells and leave you with smooth, fresh, soft skin. Rise away with warm water and a little soap. Some folk say coarse sugar is too rough for your nails, so if you have weak nails a softer scrub might be better.

5. Dampen a towel in hot water. Cover your hands in your favourite hand cream or moisturiser and slide them inside them towel. The heat and moisture will help your skin to absorb the cream and a little extra moisture from the hot, damp towel.

6. Once your cream has soaked in as much as it can do, rub the rest it or blot it away with tissue. Now you can apply your nail polish or nail treatment. Finished!

It's so relaxing and you end up with lovely, soft, smooth hands and healthier nails - what more could you want?!


  1. my nails used to be lovely and now they will only grow to a certain length then split and break its awful but i will deff be giving this a try!! x

  2. Can't wait to try this out! :] Thanks for the recipe!

  3. This sounds like it'd be perfect for my nails, they're so dried out at the moment from the cold weather. x

  4. This sounds lovely, will be doing this tonight :) xx

  5. I love scrubs! Thanks for the recipe.

    Might be nice with some essential oils too maybe?

  6. Great post! I'd never thought of using a scrub on my hands. I'll give it a whirl :) xxx

  7. @ xSafarE, I feel your pain :/ Mine flake a lot but the olive oil really does seem to help.

    @ Rachel, I hope you like the results!

    @ LilyLipstick, ditto :/ Cold weather is so harsh on skin and nails!

    @ Miss EBlog, the towel with cream is heeeavenly. Hope you enjoyed it :)

    @ Jen W, aye it would definitely be nice with essential oils! I imagine lavender or rose would be quite relaxing.

    @ Kim, thanks! Sugar scrub is one of my hand saviours for sure.


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