If your nails and cuticles are feeling worse for wear, here’s why: “During very dry winter months and with a lot of hand washing, the effects of dry air, soap, and water deplete nails of their natural oils,” says Jan Arnold, co-founder of Creative Nail Design. “Water can get trapped between the layers, swelling them and breaking them apart, causing peeling and chipping. To prevent against these conditions, the goal is to create a perfect balance of oil and moisture in nails. Oil and water are opposites, so the more you oil your nails, the better your chances of forcing water out are, keeping nails flexible.”
Arnold recommends applying a conditioning treatment such as CND’s SolarOil once daily. The classic formula is included in CND’s new supermoisturizing Almond SpaManicure System; composed of sweet almond oil-infused Moisture Scrub, Milk Bath, Illuminating Masque, Hydrating Lotion, and Soothing Crème, the products are also packed with vitamin E and jojoba oil. Available now at salons throughout the country, including Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills, Canyon Ranch, and Coldwater Creek Spas, the Almond SpaManicure can be done at home too: Though it’s a professional service, the system is available for individual purchase at goindulge.com.