We love the cosy winter weather, but dry patches, flaky skin and hangnails (a small piece of rough or torn skin that appears at the very edge of the nail) are a few common problems that arrive with it too *sigh*. And if that wasn’t enough, the constant hand-washing and sanitising is making hands drier.

You may be tempted to pull the skin off as soon as you spot it but hold on, there’s a better way to treat it and prevent them from coming back. While hangnails are not a matter of concern, sometimes they can be painful and become infected if not dealt with. Therefore, it is necessary to take good care of your hands and treat them well. And we’re going to show you how to do just that.

 

Keep your hands moisturised

Keep your hands moisturised

Exposure to dry weather and water can make your hands dry and the area around your nails super dry. Therefore, it is necessary to apply a gentle yet deeply hydrating hand cream like the Dove DermaSpa Cashmere Comfort Hand Cream after washing your hands. This non-sticky, non-greasy rich formula melts into your hands and keeps them moisturised for a long time. Also, take precautions by wearing gloves while doing the dishes.

 

Carefully clip loose skin

Carefully clip loose skin

Ripping or pulling a hangnail may not always get rid of it completely. Instead, soak your hands in some warm water and clip the loose skin with a nail scissor or cuticle cutter. Don’t go too deep or you might end up hurting your skin. If you are not confident of doing this on your own, visit a salon to get it done by a professional.

 

Don’t forget your nails

Don’t forget your nails

While doing the above is important, take good care of your nails too. Brittle nail texture can lead to hangnails too. Therefore, rub some oil on your nails at night before going to bed. Oils like coconut, almond and avocado work wonder for making nails healthy and preventing hangnails.