Winterize Your Nails With Julep Tutorial

Friday, January 23, 2015

Winter is upon us, my friends. Unless you live in the southern hemisphere (or in the south), your hands and nails are probably feeling the chill of cold winds and subzero temperatures. Julep has shared with me a tutorial to help get your nails back on track this season:

I was asked to show how I "winterize" my nails, so I decided to follow the tutorial with my own spin on it. To check it out, click the jump below:

Here are my nails in all their misshapen glory. They're ridged, cracking in some areas, and very dry. They definitely need a lot of TLC!

1. I started off by using a scrub, as I find it really helps in prepping the nails for pushing back cuticles and such. Julep has a Glycolic Hand Scrub which would be perfect for this.

2. Instead of clipping and shaping which is step one Julep's instructions, I used cuticle remover because my cuticles were already soft from the scrub. Julep recommends using their Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover (also available in a 2 pack!)

3. With cuticles softened, I next pushed them back. Be gentle when doing this! Julep has a cuticle pusher that looks better than the one I'm using.

4. I like to keep my nails on the shorter side because I find they break less easily on me at that length. (I love the look of long nails, but I just can't maintain them on myself.) I didn't get a picture, but I also filed my nails to shape. I used a plain ol' emery board, but I'd love to try glass nail file!

5. Next is buffing, which my nails definitely need due to their ridges. Afterwards was a much-needed clean up of dead skin, hangnails, etc. I'm very glad Julep mentioned in their tutorial not to over-trim -- it's important to keep cuticles intact as they prevent infection! Julep's got a cleanup tool that looks really cool, especially for nail polish!

6. I then applied a nail treatment to nourish my nails and make them shiny. I often just wear this on my nails for a quick but pretty look. Julep recommends their Oxygen Nail Treatment.

7. Next up is my favourite part, because it means dry cuticle woes are over! Use a cuticle oil (or cream) and spread it all over. If I were painting my nails, I'd do this afterwards so it wouldn't interfere with the polish adhering to the nails. Julep has their Might Nail & Cuticle Serum, which has a neato brush applicator.

8. I added another step, which is applying hand cream. This might not be necessary if you live in a warmer/humid climate (or in the summer), but during Canada's dry winters, it helps a lot. Julep's Rock Star Hand Crème would come in handy (har har), and has a lot of good ingredients in it! 

Woo! We're done! Ready for the after?

TADA! Don't they look so much better? I'm so pleased with the results. Of course, they aren't 100% perfect, but they definitely look a lot healthier. The process doesn't take too long, and maintenance just requires applying cuticle oil (and if you need it, hand cream) regularly. Repeat steps 1-8 as needed.

I want to thank Julep for providing the tutorial! While I did deviate a bit from it, their steps are sound and effective. If you're interested in trying out the products mentioned in this post, I recommend checking out Julep's Nail, Hand & Foot Care page as they have specials, two packs, etc. which will save you money! Mavens also get cheaper prices and free shipping.

What does your winter nail care routine look like?

No monetary compensation was given for this post. All opinions are my own.

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