Screen Shot 2012-12-20 at 10.02.40 AMBarreling into the holidays, winter is fast approaching and the one constant is the cold, dry air that continues to zap the moisture from our skin, especially our hands. Keeping your standing two-week manicure appointment is paramount. But with multiple events, holiday gatherings, and parties on tap, trust that your manicurist will be booked solid, possibly for weeks.

What do you do when you and your manicurist are playing phone tag? The answer lies in products, complete with everything you need to maintain soft, supple hands.

Here are some items that save time and keep your manicure in check until your next appointment. Hands down!

CND Almond Moisture Scrub: Formerly known as SolarManicure, it still retains its super conditioning abilities. Almond and jojoba oils join forces with Vitamin E and shea butter. Add fine mineral salts and refined sugar, and your hands are in sheer heaven. Available at select salons, beauty supply stores, and Amazon.com.

Carol’s Daughter Lemon Ginger Mint Manicure in a Jar: Lisa Price does no wrong in my book. Her line of beauty products keeps us coming back. Natural ingredients (that means no mineral oil, parabens, petroleum, or artificial colors) and strong aromatherapy heightens the senses and gives the hands a welcome treat. Available at Carol’s Daughter online or Sephora.

CND SolarOil: Be it uptown fashionista or downtown diva, Solar Oil is a staple for the ages whether carried in a Gucci bag or a knapsack. Great for on-the-go conditioning of nails and cuticles regardless of season. Available at Ulta.

Carol’s Daughter Lemon & Jojoba Oil: Like I said before, Lisa Price does no wrong. What better way to follow-up you Lemon Ginger Mint Manicure than with a cuticle oil that can keep nails strong and prevent breakage. Available at Carol’s Daughter online or Sephora.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream: Great for treating cuticle problems and at this price, it’s one of the best around. Available at Ulta and select drugstores.

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve No. 12: This dates back to my mother (and grandmother’s) days. The rose extract will make your hands so soft, you may end up getting some roses (literally). Available at Bath & Body Works.

Burt’s Bees Hand Salve: This is a personal favorite when doing at-home beauty treatments or simply retiring for the evening for some well-earned rest. Slather this on your hands, coupled with some moisturizing gloves, and your hands will definitely thank you in the morning. Available at Ulta and select drugstores.

So many affordable ways to stave the cold until your nail tech can buzz you back. Until then, stay warm and moisturized!

– Maria Roberts

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