Home Remedies For Strong & Beautiful Nails
Experts say that nothing gives away our age like our hands do. Nevertheless, most of us tend to pay more attention to our skin and hair and often forget that our hands and nails need special care, too.
“The hands are one of the first places where we see the signs of aging and also the area people tend to neglect most.” says dermatologist Rhoda Narins, MD, professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine in New York and the president of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.
While applying hand cream is an effective quick-fix for dry skin, hiding damaged nails is not so easy. To help you restore the vitality of your nails and make them strong and shiny again, we've prepared a short list of our favourite tested-and-proven-to-work remedies for brittle/damaged nails.
Sweet Almond Oil
Regardless of whether your nails are weak and dry due to frequent nail polish application, too much exposure to water or use of aggressive household products, daily massage with Sweet Almond Oil will help them become strong and healthy again.
Sweet Almond Oil is rich in vitamin E, zinc, potassium, iron, vitamin B and essential fatty acids. Sweet Almond oil is often used as a base in the formulation of nail-strengthening oils and serum and is proven to deliver excellent results even after only a few applications.
Since one of the primary causes of brittle nails is mineral deficiency, Sweet Almond oil can be of great help when it comes to replenishing the missing minerals and restoring the vitality of your nails.
Here it is worth mentioning that paying attention to what you eat, is just as important as topical application of plant oils (or any other product rich in minerals and vitamins). How you nourish your body from the inside always reflects on the outside.
How To: Use it as a cuticle oil or as a hand creme. Massage for a few minutes until fully absorbed. Ideally, apply before bed to allow the oil to work its magic while you sleep.
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Vitamin E supports the formation of structural keratin, softens and hydrates the cuticles + makes your nails smoother and shinier. What's more - vitamin E increases the flexibility of your nails, making them less likely to break. The best natural relief for dry, brittle nails!
If your goal is to revive your nails and improve their overall condition, the place, where you need to deliver nutrients is the nail matrix (situated right below the cuticle). We recommend applying Vitamin E on the cuticles and massaging it in really well, to ensure maximum absorption.
How To: Follow the instructions provided for Sweet Almond Oil (please see above). Can be used daily.
As many of you know, biotin is among the most popular vitamin for hair, skin and nails. Biotin (also known as Vitamin H) strengthens and thickens the nails by improving keratin structure. Apart from that biotin is believed to speed up nail and hair growth (added bonus for all of us who want long, shiny locks).
If you don't want to take supplements with biotin, there are plenty of natural sources of this beautifying vitamin. Some of them include eggs, almonds, cauliflower, cucumber, carrots, whole grains, tomatoes, salmon, milk, soybeans, strawberries, lentils, oats and walnuts.
PS: If you decide to opt for supplements, have in mind that biotin has to be taken for at least 3 months before you start seeing positive results.