How to keep your nails looking great all winter

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay area answers your questions on how to keep your nails looking amazing throughout the winter.

Winter, even in the mild bay area, means dry skin and nails. We came across this article in Real Simple recently when looking for tips to keep our nails looking good throughout the season.

Erin Gilbert, a New York City dermatologist, explains that extreme temperature changes, like moving between the chilly street and your toasty office can reduce the moisture level in your nails, and nails lacking in moisture are more likely to split and crack.  The normal things we do every day that are hard on our nails, like using nail polish remover, washing dishes without gloves and hot showers, are even worse for our hands during cold, dry winter months.

Check out these quick tips to keep your fingernails, cuticles and surrounding skin from getting too dry and painful this winter.

Rich Hand Cream

Find a great, super rich hand cream in a scent you love, and get in the habit of using it after every hand wash. Don’t forget to rub it on your nails, and if you have polish on, massage the cream into the cuticles.


Rub oil directly on your cuticles each night before bed. Oils trap in the moisture to prevent cracking, flaking and hang nails. The obvious choice would be cuticle oil, but olive oil works great also.

Get Intense

Add a weekly, at home, intensive moisturizing treatment to your beauty regiment. Soak nails in warm water for 10 minutes, and then coat them with cuticle oil and slip on cotton gloves for at least an hour, this will offer a blast of concentrated moisture directly on your nails, with benefits that last throughout the week.

Cover Up

Slip on your favorite pair of gloves every time you leave the house to reduce the effects of extreme temperature changes.


If you’d like to learn more about how Premier Dermatology can help you and your skin, contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached at or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).