Unfortunately many women have dry, damaged nails that split, peel and break or appear discoloured. Having unhealthy looking nails can be very frustrating. Luckily, there are several easy things you can do to help repair damaged, unhealthy nails, prevent further damage and get your nails to naturally grow stronger and healthier.
Olive Oil Treatments
Applying extra virgin olive oil to the nails is a great way to fortify nails and prevent peeling, splitting and breakage. Simply soak nails in the oil for 15 minutes every day. You can also apply olive oil to the nail with a cotton ball, working the oil over the top of the nail and into the cuticles.
Protecting Your Hands
It is very important to protect the hands and nails while doing any sort of cleaning or scrubbing. Cleaning products often have harsh chemicals in them that might make nails weaker and more susceptible to damage. Vigorous motions such as those involved with scrubbing can also weaken nails and cause breakage.
Massaging the skin surrounding the nails and the cuticles is a great way to naturally promote growth. Massage will increase the blood flow to the nail area so they naturally grow faster. Massage the nails using a lotion or cuticle oil to add extra moisture.
Many people don’t realize that nails reflect the overall condition of the body. If your body is lacking certain vitamins and nutrients it will show in your nails and nails will become discolored, weak and prone to breakage. Take a daily multivitamin to provide your body with what it needs. Make sure the vitamin has plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium, as a lack of these vital nutrients will lead to dry, brittle nails
Your diet should include at least eight glasses of water a day, as water is essential for a healthy body, and a healthy body means healthy nails. Make sure to also eat foods full of biotin. These foods include liver, cauliflower, salmon, bananas, carrots, egg yolks, sardines, legumes, mushrooms whole grains, and avocado. The biotin in these foods will help to strengthen nails.
Applying a coat of nail polish to the nails can actually help protect nails from damage and keep them healthy. Look for a vitamin-enriched or strengthening polish for extra benefits. Apply a coat of the polish every other day to keep nails strong. When removing polish, make sure to avoid nail polish removers with acetone in them.
Manicures aren’t just a way to pamper yourself. Having routine manicures done can help make nails healthier, stronger and longer. It is important to have the cuticles pushed back and for nails to be properly trimmed and filed at least every few weeks. With regular manicures, you will see a drastic change in the overall condition of nails.
Make sure to file brittle, unhealthy nails at least weekly. When filing, refrain from filing in a back and forth motion, this can break nails even more. Instead only file the nails in one direction. Also never file nails when they are wet or after you get out of the shower or bathtub as they are more prone to breakage.
It is very important that nails stay hydrated and moisturized. If your nails are extra dry, soak them in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes every other day.This will help extract toxins from the skin and keep nails hydrated. Follow up with a thick, moisturizing lotion.
Add Natural Sheen
Even if nails are becoming stronger, you still want them to look healthy and well taken care of. Add a natural sheen to your nails each day by rubbing a slice of lemon over the nails and allowing the juice to seep into the nails for at least ten minutes. The vitamins in the lemon will help fortify nails while leaving them with a natural sheen.