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Cuticle care: The sensitive skin around the nail bed can begin to peel and split when your hands are thirsting for moisture. Keep a cuticle oil, cream, or balm nearby to keep hangnails at bay. If you're on the go, you can also use your favorite lip balm.
Handy man: Store a hand lotion at your desk, the bathroom sink, and in every bag to make sure you always have a hydrating solution. Make it a goal to apply salve after you wash your hands every time. Formulas packed with urea and beeswax will help lock in moisture.
Smitten with mittens: Gloves are not only a fashion statement this time of year, but covering your hands while outdoors will help protect them against whipping winds and dry air. And at night, wearing a set of cotton gloves over a moisturizing treatment can help heal cracks and other rough patches. Finally, always wear rubber gloves when you're working with harsh chemicals to shield nails from their drying effects.
Beyond reach: If it's too late for these preventative measures, it's time for a heavy-duty hydrating spa visit. Schedule a paraffin manicure service to get supple hands and fingernails in no time. But remember to respectfully decline any cuticle cutting, which can cause infections.
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