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Dealing with Brittle Nails

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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Brittle nails are fingernails and toenails that peel and break easily.

It can cause separation or breaking of the protein layers that make up fingernails and toenails.

Extreme dryness of the nail is the main cause of brittle nails.

The signs and symptoms of brittle nails include:

  • Peeling at the nail tips
  • Easy breaking
  • Inability to grow the nails out

Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to brittle nails. Nails become drier and more brittle as people age. Dry air, common with winter’s low humidity and use of indoor heat, can cause also nails to dry out. Long, hot baths and showers can dry nails out as well. Your nails are a reflection of your health and wellness of your body. A heart, digestive or fungal disorder can be detected just by looking at your fingernails.

Chow down on cauliflower. A little know nutrient called biotin can thicken nails to help prevent splitting and cracking. Biotin is absorbed into the core of the nail, where it encourages a better, thicker nail to grow. Cauliflower, peanuts and lentils are rich sources of biotin.

Get cookin’ with cooking oil.

Also very effective is a regular soaking in vegetable oil. It replenishes the moisture lost from having your hands in and out of water frequently. Many commercially sold nail care products have alcohol-containing fragrances that can dry out nails, making vegetable oils a better choice.

Soaking in oils isn’t necessary. Just brush on the oil and massage it into the nail. Put some safflower or vegetable oil in a clean, empty nail polish bottle and brush it on nails several times a day. Don’t forget to put a drop of oil on the underside of the nail at your fingertip.

Nail strengtheners may be touted as the way to turn weak and brittle nails into unbreakables, but in reality, most claims for these products are excessive.

Trim nails short
. Longer nails are more likely to crack or tear so if you’re plagued by brittle nails, trim them shorter. Trim your nails right after washing or bathing when they’re softer and less likely to crack or break.

Massage your fingertips.
To improve blood circulation around your nails, regularly massage your fingertips. Do it three or four times a day or at least in the morning and evening. Use coconut or soy oil to moisturize as you massage.

Top Three Oils to Treat Your Nails Right.

  • Coconut Oil. One of the few significant plant sources of lauric acid. This medium-chain fatty acid, which is also found in human milk, enhances brain function and the immune system.
  • Palm Kernel. When unrefined, this high saturation oil is the one of the most stable of oils providing strength and ultimate saturation to the skin.
  • Virgin Olive Oil. The most stable vegetable oil, high in vitamin E, provides support to the liver and gallbladder, no matter how you take it into the body.

Now take a minute and think about how those chemically enhanced skin and nail products are affecting your body!

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