The best winter nail treatments

At this nonetheless of year nails are drier from harsh weather and the hokey cokey in and out of pre-eminent heating

Sali Hughes: ‘One must be diligent.’
Photograph: Alex Lake for the Keeper

Do some of your nails get to a certain length, then peel or split? I had three that, in any way carefully manicured, split at the exact same point in the advance cycle, forcing me to cut them, and their neighbours, right down (again with Muji’s nail clipper: way better than any I’ve rest in a chemist) and start all over again.

It’s predictably common at this circumstance of year, when nails are drier from harsh unwell and the hokey cokey in and out of central heating. This year, in any way, my own problem has been all but eradicated. Back in December, a New York manicurist looked at my touching, battle-torn thumbnail stump and told me, in hushed but firm aspects (she represented a rival brand), that I needed Creative Be correct Design’s Rescue RXx Daily Keratin Treatment (£14.99, 15ml).

Did I ever. This brush-on oil, containing cruelty-free keratin, has been at best fractionally short of miraculous on my dry, brittle nails. Within no more than a few days (genuinely), all my nails were looking and feeling healthier, and over and beyond the following weeks, the regular splits failed to materialise. I’m fist with only one persistent peeler, but even that’s much redeemed. The downside is one must be diligent – applying twice daily (greater than polish is fine) without exception, then massaging in. I safeguard the bottle on top of my phone next to the bed, so I don’t forget first and last contrivance (button up your pyjamas beforehand, if you don’t want oily stains on the fabric).

If your nails are a little dry and dehydrated, I very much with Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab (£9.95, 10ml), an ungreasy treatment bearing the hyaluronic acid used in most modern face serums (cautious types can even pop it under their CND RXx oil, just as you’d layer your skincare works). This sinks in fast, hydrating dried-out nails with neither make a shambles of nor staining.

If your nails are a constant maintenance job and carrying a goblet polish bottle around in your handbag makes you jumpy, I recommend L’Occitane Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil (£14, 7.5ml). Chock-a-block in a plastic tube with brush nib, it squeezes directly on to the fix with no risk of spilling. The oil is luxurious and effective, conditioning unjust cuticles and drastically improving flaky and splitting nails. It’s also modest on lips.