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How to Care for Nails this Winter

In the beginning of the winter I noticed something was wrong with how my nails looked and felt.  They were dry and very brittle. I initially thought it was my skincare causing this, but it wasn’t! After some research I found out that the chilly weather played a major role in the state of my nails. So I decided to look up ways on how to care for nails.

 

 

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Healthy nails contain water. What the chilly weather does is to reduce the level of water in our nails when you constantly move from the warmth of your house to the cold outside. Since the time I discovered the culprit, I have been experimenting with the aim of finding the right measures to protect my nails this winter and restore them to their healthy state. I was able to narrow down the hacks that worked to the 2 most effective ones.

I love these hacks because they focus on solving the core problems – lack of moisture. They are really easy to follow and the results are almost immediate. Here are 2 really great hacks that I found to be effective.

 

Intensify the use of moisturizers

Since the major reason why your nails don’t look so good during the winter is the lack of moisture, then this winter you should make moisturizer your best friend.

I know that there have been times when I caught myself moisturizing only once or twice a day but since the nail incident, I became committed to applying moisturizer regularly. Hand creams are now my friends! I am never without one.

Take a generous amount of hand cream and apply on your hands. Gently massage it in, working the moisturizer in your nails and cuticles.

Also don’t wait until your hands become very dry before you apply a moisturizer. Apply it as often as you can.

 

 

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Care for nails with a hydrating treatment

Another great way to care for nails this season is by giving your nails a hydrating treatment. This treatment is something that you can do at home. It’s really easy and your nails will thank you for it. I must warn you that this hack may seem a little strange but I’m asking you to trust me on this one.

 

Steps

Get a bowl of warm water. The bowl should be big enough for you to keep both your hands in. Dip your hands into the bowl of water and allow your hands to sit there for 10 minutes. That gives it enough time for your nails and cuticles to soak in the water.

The next thing you do is to take some Vaseline and apply it on your nails and cuticles. Gently work in the Vaseline on your nails and cuticles.

After applying the Vaseline, grab your gloves and put them on. It’s better to go for cotton gloves as they will help your nails keep the moisture in. Leave the gloves on for about an hour and remove them.

I now do this treatment every night before going to bed. It’s pretty effective. Your hands and nails will look amazing. They’ll feel stronger and look healthier.

 

What do you think of these nail care hacks? How do you take care of your nails in winter? Please share your tried and trusted tips.

Thanks for stopping by as always.

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SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter is sort of here, weather wise anyways, ignore the calendar. And the darkness with chill has got me feeling all types of ways. I miss the sunshine, a lot. This weather makes me want to stay in bed all day and do nothing. I have had to constantly push myself these last couple of days to get work done, and this is definitely not me. Is anyone else dealing with this issue? I have been reading a lot about SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it has got me thinking. Could that be my issue?

 

SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder

For those who have never heard of SAD, it is a type of mental disorder that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. The SAD symptoms often begin in the autumn and usually becomes most severe during the winter months – December, January and February.

 

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I am trying my best to break away from this unproductive state and get things done in time for the holidays. I am not one to dwell on negatives, so snapping out of this bubble is what I am going to do. The GymCube website is also keeping me very busy with the various fitness workouts. Looking forward to seeing the workouts transforms my body and health.

The festive season is here and I am seriously looking forward to Christmas. I have always love Christmas, right from when I was little. There is something special about the season that makes me feel like a child. And I think the kiddies have bitten the C bug as they seem to LOVE Christmas!

 

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I am eager to get 2017 over and done with and start 2018 from the scratch. This year has been incredibly busy but it has been a good sort of busy. I know 2018 would be even better and I can’t wait for the year to start!

I will be taking some days off blogging this month to get myself and my household ready for Christmas. There is a lot of gift wrapping to do, decorations to put up, food to sort out and the general festive stuff. So I would be multi-tasking as much as possible. Wish me luck!

 

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How are you getting ready for Christmas?

Ten ways to spend your evenings indoors now it is coming into winter

The sun begins to set a little earlier, the temperature begins to drop and the leaves start to fall from the trees. These are all signs that winter is on its way and with it the amount of outdoors activities begins to decline.

The green fields that people would play football on during the summer have become muddy and less appealing for the casual player. Instead we seek refuge indoors, in the warm, where the weather won’t affect us. We have taken a look at ten ways you can spend your evenings indoors  as we head into winter that includes everything from watching Game of Thrones to playing bingo games.

 

 

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Films & TV

Granted watching one film wouldn’t be enough, but maybe the entire extended Lord of the Rings trilogy will last as long as winter, or even watch every series of Game of Thrones and keep shouting “Winter is coming!” until the Spring returns the following year.

 

Read a book

There are probably people who find reading a book boring, but when your outdoor activities become more and more limited, settling down with a good book can be a nice relaxing alternative. You can sit in the warm, make yourself comfortable and just forget about the outside world as you get lost in a fantasy world.

 

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If non-fiction is more of your thing, and you are looking into going pro with your blogging hobby, then go have a read of my book – How to Cash In as a Blogger. It is available exclusively on Amazon.

 

Bake

By the time winter arrives, the Great British Bake-Off will be over and with it, your baking enthusiasm may have waned but winter can be a great time to test out your baking skills. You can make some gingerbread men or make some Christmas cake and give some to those that need to stop being a Scrooge.

 

Plan your summer holiday

What better way to make yourself feel warm than to plan your summer holiday? You get to look at all of the sunny destinations and work out where the best location is to get a tan. If you want to make it feel more summery as you research locations, make a nice summer cocktail. You can also work out a plan to get that beach body you’re bound to be wanting come summer.

 

Ice skating

If you’re someone who actually enjoys the cold dark winters then you could give a winter sport a try. Ice skating can be good for both a workout and for being romantic with your partner.

 

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If it’s your first time trying it, make sure to take it slow. It’s not an easy sport to try, and injuries are common amongst beginners.

 

The pub

You could always treat winter like a zombie apocalypse. Just go to the Winchester, have a pint and wait for all of this to blow over. You’ll probably be kicked out of the pub at some point if you wait until winter is over. So perhaps just spend an evening in there having a few drinks and catching up with friends.

 

Games

Whether you enjoy playing the latest game on a console or enjoy sitting down to play a board game, games are a great way to pass the time. You can stay in your own home and let out a little bit of competitive energy. You should remember not to overdo it. No one wants broken console controllers or the game board to be flipped over.

 

Music

Spend some time listening to your favourite music artists and create some playlists to make the time fly by. If you listen to music while planning your summer holiday, you can also create a summer playlist to really distract you from the impending winter nights.

 

Puzzles

If you want to give your mind a bit of a workout then you can get stuck into some brain teasers. Most newspapers usually have a section dedicated to crosswords, Sudokus and word searches. Failing that you can always step outside and find books specifically for these brain teasers to have even more fun.

 

Bingo

Something that has embedded itself into British culture, Bingo is a great way to spend an evening as winter approaches. It’s a great way to socialise with your friends and provides you with the opportunity to make new ones too. There is also the potential for you to win some Christmas spending money along the way.

 

How do you plan to spend your evening indoors this winter? Do you have any plans?

 

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