Do your nails look dull and unhealthy? Are they easily prone to breaking? You are not alone. This is a common problem for many.
Nails are composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin. Healthy nails are smooth, without pits or grooves.
In addition, healthy nails are uniform in color and free of spots or discoloration.
Weak and unhealthy nails are often due to negligence and improper care. They get weak when they dry out and become brittle. Long-term exposure to water or chemicals, such as detergents and nail polish, are the main reasons behind weak nails.
A healthy lifestyle, dietary changes, a proper nail care regimen and some simple home remedies can help fix the problem and make your nails strong and healthy.
1. Olive Oil
Olive oil is an excellent remedy for weak nails. The oil helps moisturize the nails. It also helps repair damage and softens nails and cuticles, which in turn leads to strong and healthy nails.
Massage your nails thoroughly with some warm olive oil, covering both the top and underside of your nails. Wait 15 minutes, then wash it off with water. Do this 2 or 3 times daily.
2. Green Tea
Green tea can also make your nails strong and healthy. The antioxidants in green tea help prevent brittle nails as well as strengthen them. At the same time, green tea helps get rid of yellow discoloring.
Brew a cup of green tea and allow it to cool. Soak your nails in it for 10 to 15 minutes, twice a week.
Flaxseeds can also make your nails stronger. The micronutrients in flaxseeds, such as B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, lecithin, zinc and protein, are necessary for nail health. In addition, they have omega-3 fatty acids required for healthy nails.
Rub some flaxseed oil on your nails and massage gently for a few minutes before going to bed. Wear gloves to retain the moisture.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has various nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron that promote nail health. In addition, its acidic nature can prevent and treat nail fungus.
Mix equal amounts of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and water in a small bowl. Soak your nails in this solution for 5 to 10 minutes, once daily for a few weeks.
5. Massage Your Nails
Another easy, cost-effective way to have strong and beautiful nails is regular massage. Massage will improve blood circulation, making your nails stronger and healthier. You can use a moisturizing lotion, nail cream, almond oil or coconut oil to massage and also keep your nails moisturized.
- Apply your chosen product on each nail.
- Massage gently and thoroughly for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Slip on cotton gloves, then go to sleep.
- The next morning, wash your nails with warm water.
- Follow this remedy daily for several weeks.