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12 Ways To Banish Brittle Nails Forever (We Love #7!)
Who doesn’t want beautiful, naturally glossy nails? Cracked, chipped, brittle-looking nails can spoil a first impression for both men and women. The most common causes of weak nails are long term use of dark nail polish, frequent exposure to water, and aging.
Sometimes weak nails are a sign of disease such as psoriasis, eczema or psoriasis, anemia, hormone problems, thyroid disorders, lupus, jaundice, and even lung disease.
Of course, having weak, brittle nails isn’t always a sign of disease. Sometimes they’re simply caused by exposure to chemicals, nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, frequent use of nail polish remover, or trauma.
Split, cracked, weak and dry nails are not only unsightly, they can cause a great deal of discomfort. The good news here is that you don’t have to live with brittle nails. You can treat these problem nails at home with the best 12 treatment methods we have listed below.
Keep reading and you can have longer, stronger, more attractive nails in a matter of days!
1. Think Oil, Not Water
Regular oil treatments will help to keep your nails well-hydrated. When your nails are soaked in moisturizing, natural oils such as jojoba, olive, coconut, grape seed, and argan oil, they become stronger and healthier. Don’t even bother buying those alcohol-based oils that claim they are made just for nails. Anything that contains alcohol is going to dry out your nails. Soaking your nails regularly in one of these oils will help to keep them hydrated and will make them stronger.
2. Biotin Supplements
This natural compound is important for strong, healthy nails and is rather effective in treating even the most brittle nails. Swiss researchers conducted a study, published in the journal Cutis, and found that subjects with brittle nails had a 25 percent increase in the thickness of their nails after consuming 2.5 mg of biotin each day during the six month study period. Biotin is found naturally in foods like bananas, milk, soybeans, cereal, egg yolks, cauliflower, fish, and lentils. You can also take a supplement.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a long-standing remedy for improving the health of brittle nails. Apple cider vinegar is full of nutrients that your nails need, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. In addition, apple cider vinegar contains acetic and malic acid, which kills nail infections. To use, mix equal parts water and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a small bowl, and soak your nails in this solution for five minutes. Immediately after, gently push back your cuticles with an orange stick. Use a fresh solution each day, and you should begin to see improvements in your nails in as little as two weeks.
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