12 Ways To Banish Brittle Nails Forever (We Love #7!)

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10. Tea Tree Oil

If you are plagued by nail infections or nail fungus, then tea tree oil is the answer for you. This oil is a powerful antiseptic and an anti-fungal that naturally kills infections. Tea tree oil is also the answer for those ugly, discolored nails. In a small bowl, mix half a teaspoon of vitamin E oil with two or three drops of tea tree oil. Rub this solution on to the nails, and massage it in well. Leave on for 30 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water. Do this twice a day for stronger, beautiful nails in three to four weeks.

 

SEE ALSO:  5 of the Best Ways to Get Rid of an Ingrown Toenail

 

11. Lemon Juice

To strengthen and whiten your nails at the same time, lemon juice is another excellent choice. Mix one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and three tablespoons of olive oil in a small bowl. Warm it gently, and then apply to your nails using a clean cotton swab. Do this every night before bed. Repeat this procedure each night until you begin to see results, usually in two to four weeks.

 

12. Sea Salt

With so many healing minerals, sea salt makes another perfect remedy for those weak, brittle nails. This will also make your nails beautifully shiny without polish. Be sure you are using sea salt, not plain table salt. Mix two tablespoon of fine grain sea salt in small bowl of water. Add two drops each of lemon essential oil, myrrh essential oil, and wheat germ oil. Soak your nails in this solution for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse with warm water. Repeat three times each week, and you should see results in as few as 10 days!

Extra Tips:

  • Wear rubber gloves to protect your nails any time you use water or chemicals.
  • If you can’t use gloves, rub thick cream or petroleum jelly over the nails to act as a barrier.
  • Avoid using artificial nails when your regular nails are weak, as this can lead to further breakage and fungal infections.
  • Avoid alcohol-based hand sanitizers, as these dry out your nails.
  • Use only fortified nail polishes.
  • Take a break from wearing nail polish once in a while.
  • Allow your nails to get natural sunlight each day to nourish them with plenty of healthy vitamin D, which will make them stronger.

References:

Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Lpi.oregonstate.edu

Hsph.harvard.edu

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