Protect Your Hands This Winter
Three important cold-weather nail tips from celebrity manicurist Skyy Hadley.
Skyy Hadley knows a thing or two about nails. Her roster of famous clients includes Mary J. Blige and Uma Thurman. Skyy has worked on fashion shoots, making the model’s hands and feet look fabulous. Her nail salon As U Wish in Hoboken, New Jersey is known for their stellar treatments.
Here are Skyy’s recommendations for keeping your nails healthy and happy during these cold winter months:
“During the winter, nail beds will slowly begin to dehydrate leading to split, cracked and peeling nails. I suggest exfoliating with a body scrub while you shower, focusing on your hands for a few minutes.”
Try: Booths All Over body sea salt scrub ($8.99, ulta.com)
“The best way to ensure hydration after exfoliation is to condition the cuticles to keep them soft. I recommend softening cuticles before you get in shower: load your hands with a cuticle oil, face oil or Vaseline and then rub in when you get in to the shower. The steam will help penetrate the oil/Vaseline into dry and cracked nails and skin. (Even lip balm works as well when you’re in a pinch). Do not use a loofah as the product will get lost within the holes; be sure to use hand-on-hand action, that way you utilize the product thoroughly. Always focus on cuticle around the nails and gently massage in – those who are in a rush for time can apply dot by dot by dot.”
Try: Vaseline Baby, Baby fresh scent ($4.49, drugstore.com)
3. Finishing touch
“For extra conditioning I recommend nail polishes with such moisturizing ingredients as biotin.”
Try: Deborah Lippmann Marquee Moon nail polish ($15.95, amazon.com)
PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.