11 best nail treatments for winter

Nails need a little extra TLC in harsh wintry weather, so try our pick of the best nail saviours

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From Essie's ridge smoothing Fill The Gap and Revlon's Treat & Boost, to Beauty Bay's 5 in 1 Nail Treatment and Mavala's Nail Hardener, whatever your nail dilemma, we've found a solution.

Decleor Aromessence Ongles: £40 for 15ml, decleor.co.uk



Expensive, but far and away the most luxurious of all. This strengthening serum blends myrrh, lemon and parsley essential oils (so its scent is divine) to soften the cuticle, nourish and protect the nails and leave them with a healthy sheen. Exquisite to use and a dressing table-worthy bottle.

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Butter London Horse Power Nail Fertilizer: £17 for 17.5ml, amazon.co.uk



Used regularly, this gives superb results. Apply one coat every day for a week, then remove and start again. Within a month you'll notice a huge difference in repair to existing damage and the protective finish helps prevent further damage.

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OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener For Soft & Thin Nails: £18.80 for 15ml, lookfantastic.com



Extra calcium packed into this nail treatment adds strength to weak, soft nails. Apply two coats and add another coat every other day. After a week remove it, and start again. These extra layers of protection will also add some bulk to nails that feel thin.

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Deborah Lippmann The Cure: £18 for 10ml, lookfantastic.com



Say goodbye to dry skin around nails with this soothing repairing cuticle cream. Packed with antioxidant vitamins it'll transform delicate skin, leaving it ultra nourished and hydrated.

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Revlon Treat & Boost: £7.49 for 14.7ml, boots.com



Constantly cracking, splitting, breaking weak nails is possible to remedy. Packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, this treatment encourages nails to grow longer, stronger, harder and feel more resilient.

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Beauty Bay 5 in 1 Nail Treatment: £2.50 for 12ml, beautybay.com



Vitamins C, E, A and F, calcium, aloe vera, pomegranate seed oil, lemon and ginseng extracts pack a powerful punch in the quest for strong, nourished, moisturised nails. It also works as a smoothing base coat on uneven nails, and as a high shine top coat. An inexpensive, but excellent multi-tasker, that holds its own against high end brands.

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Essie Fill The Gap Intense Care: £8.99 for 13.5ml, boots.com



A three-pronged attack on weak nails, this not only fills in ridges to make nails look more plump and healthy, but also hydrates and helps combat brittleness and breakage.


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M&S Beauty Nail Care Growth Booster: £5 for 11ml, marksandspencer.com



For nails that need a little helping hand, this works to prevent weak ones splitting and cracking. Apply as a base coat under normal polish, or a couple of coats alone gives nails a great natural shine.

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Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener: £6.95 for 5ml, amazon.co.uk



Soft nails that split and peel need a hardener and this one is the best I've used in a long time. Protect cuticles with a nail oil, then carefully apply once a week. Banish splitting nails for good.

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Dr Hauschka Neem Nail Oil: £25 for 30ml, johnlewis.com



If you like your products as natural and organic as possible, this one's for you. A cuticle softening, nail strengthening blend of oils for ultra nourished hands and nails.

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Leighton Denny Renovate Nail Repair Cream: £13.25 for 10ml, lookfantastic.com


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Vitamins and essential oils in this repair cream ensure flaking, cracked, dull and unhealthy nails are nourished and repaired. Apply morning and night and after 14 days you'll see a huge improvement.

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Used consistently for a month Butter London Horse Power produces phenomenal results repairing damage and protecting against future problems, OPI Nail Envy adds some serious strength to soft thin nails, while Decleor Aromaessence Ongles is a real pleasure to use daily to maintain strong nourished nails.

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