I’m all for this cold weather spell that we are having, but it is certainly playing havoc with my skin, hair and nails. I feel really dry at the moment and I’m having to up the ante when it comes to moisturising. I’ve have been paying more attention to my hands lately, as previously I was quite good at neglecting them until they were unsightly. I’ve set myself a little routine including a frequent manicure when I’m not wearing false nails, and now I’m quite pleased with the look and feel of my hands. Here are my top products for keeping my hands and nails healthy and my true autumn hand care heroes.
Starting with nail care products, these three Leighton Denny treatments are very well loved in my house and I have been using them for several years. My go to nail care product has to be the Leighton Denny Time Repair Elixir (centre). I am numerous bottles in with this and I find that it’s the only nail treatment that actually works on my nails. Packed full of collagen to promote healthy and flexible nails, whilst adding moisture and smoothing the ridges in my nails. Having an auto immune deficiency has made my nails take the brunt of it and they are dreadfully damaged. Two coats of Time Repair leaves my nails looking fresh, healthy and smooth. Plus the pale pink shade is so flattering. It’s my go to for under polish as well as in place of, and I try to keep on top of it as much as I can to get the benefits of the elixir.
The Leighton Denny Bare It All CC Base Coat is also another great product to promote healthy nails with it’s addition of keratin. Again, it smoothes down the unsightly ridges and with the classic nude tone, I also wear it alone so I can reap the benefits without having a full manicure. The Leighton Denny Rock Solid Treatment also works as a base coat as well as a strengthening treatment to which I find that my nails do soak up the goodness and feel a lot less brittle after I have used it.
The CND Vinylux weekly polishes are ideal for lazy girls like me. Although I am trying to pay more attention to my hands, I really can’t find the time to do a fresh set of nails frequently through the week. I want a polish that stays put, doesn’t chip and if I can’t do my gels, I want a gel style look. CND are a professional salon brand that have brought their gel polishes to the market with their formulation that hardens in the daylight. Pretty clever idea if you ask me. The polish does work in conjunction with the Weekly Top Coat and I have been wearing Cashmere Wrap as it’s one of the pale creamy nudes that I love so much. Plus the name is so cute for autumn.
Although I stopped being a nail biter some years ago, I unfortunately have developed a habit of biting the skin around my nails. It happens more when I’m anxious but I get very conscious of how it looks when I realise that I’ve been going hell for leather on my poor thumbs. The worst part is when it starts to heal and gets very dry and this is where the Leighton Denny Marvel Balm comes in. It’s a thick balm which I apply to the affected areas and cuticles and work it into the skin. As it is for extra dry skin, it’s also perfect for using on the lips. I have noticed such a difference in my skin on my thumbs more than anything and all I need to do now is stop nibbling!
Have you ever tried a hand oil before? I’ve been using the Dr Manuka 24k Gold & Manuka Honey Hand Oil and it is fabulous.It’s a bit of a bargain at the moment as on the Dr Manuka website it’s just £3.99 instead of the £19.99 RRP. I really do like having an oil as opposed to a hand cream. I find that as it is more of a dry oil, it soaks into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a residue but just hydrated hands. You only need a drop or two to work into the skin to feel the effects.
My second hand cream that I swear by is the Clinique Deep Comfort Hand Cream. The Deep Comfort range is so good for dry skin and I love how it leaves a barrier on my hands which makes me feel protected and rich in moisture. Upping the amount of cream I’m using on my hands has made such a difference lately. I think I that as it hasn’t been a product that I’ve naturally reached for and now I’m using more, I’m a little shocked at how much difference I’ve seen in my hands.
What is your handcare routine like? Do you have any top tips for the colder weather?This post may contain PR samples that have been sent to me for consideration for review however all my opinions will be my own. The links in the post my be affiliate links which will earn a small amount of commission should you shop my recommendations.