Brittle nails are caused by various factors such as: extreme weather conditions, humidity, over-exposure to the sun, nail polishes and nail polish removers, excess use of water, harsh detergents and chemicals. Besides these external factors, dry, peeling nails can appear due to several illnesses, aging, vitamin deficiency or insufficient water intake.
If you want to prevent further damages to your nails and get back their healthy, shiny aspect you need to provide them with an adequate treatment to repair their condition and make them look better than ever. Check out our tips and give your nails a relaxing treatment they deserve.
If you are wondering how to cure your dry, exfoliated nails, here you have some great and simple methods you can try right at home in order to give them sufficient support.
One of the best ways to get rid of brittle nails is dietary supplementation. Strengthen your nails by including into your diet some of those vitamins, which are essential for the health of your fingernails. Vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, iron and niacin are the best supplements to treat dry, peeling nails.
Regular moisture can do wonders to the brittle condition of your nails. You can apply a moisturizer cream directly on your nails, or use a miraculous homemade remedy, which is olive or almond oil soak. The best time is after bath or after washing dishes, since your nails have been in water thus they can absorb the moist more easily. Soak them for a 15-20 minutes in olive oil or almond oil, but plain vegetable oil also works really well for this purpose. After soaking, you can massage the oil well into your skin, so that it can absorb more easily. If you don’t have time to do a soak, simply rub the oil well into your nails, distributing it all over. Oil soak is wonderful for treating dry, exfoliated nails, since it strengthens your nails and cuticles, softening them and providing them a proper amount of moisture they need.
Using nail strengtheners on a daily basis is another great method to cure brittle nails. Nail strengtheners should be applied in the same way as nail polishes, covering your nails with a thin coat of product. In order to ideally nourish your fingernails, opt for a nail strengthener, which contains vitamin B or protein. These products are not expensive but offer a great solution to treat dry, brittle nails.
Once or twice a week prepare a great homemade scrub for hardening and strengthening your nails. Mix a tablespoon each of olive oil and castor oil with a teaspoon of honey and half a cup of ground walnuts, shelled beforehand. Apply the mixture to your fingernails and toenails, rubbing the paste on your hands and feet as well. Gently scrub all over and then rinse with lukewarm water.
A wonderful remedy for treating brittle nails is applying a paste made out of fresh lemon juice and honey to your nails. Gently massage the mixture well into your nails and do not wash it off.
Adequate nail care is vital for preventing frustrating nail problems and for achieving healthy, shiny, wonderful nails.