Monday, July 21, 2008

Home Remedies for BRITTLE NAILS !!

BRITTLE NAILS Are your fingernails thin and fragile? Do they crack, split, or break easily? Does it seem to take forever for your fingernails to grow? If so, you have brittle nails.

Lots of things can cause dray, brittle nails. For one, brittle nails are a natural part of the aging process, so people over 35 are more likely to have brittle nails. However, exposure to certain things in every day life can cause brittle nails in people of all ages. Using household cleaners without gloves can cause damage to your skin and hands. And the heater used to keep your house, school, and place of business warm in the winter can also cause dry, bitter nails.

But the major cause of brittle nails seems to be exposure to water. Whether you wash dishes every day, or go swimming several times a week, frequent exposure to water can cause your nails to become weak, dry, and brittle.

Home remedies for brittle nails.

Treat Brittle Nails with Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oil can help replace the moisture lost by frequent exposure to water. Just use a cotton swab to brush vegetable oil on each fingernail, both on top and on the underside. Then, massage the oil into your nails. Repeat this treatment three or four times every day. The oil will add much-need moisture to your brittle nails, and the massage will improve blood circulation in that area.

Moisturize Hands Frequently

If you have brittle nails, moisturizing frequently will help. You can find hand lotions and creams designed to help strengthen nails. Moisturize after you wash your hands, get out of the pool, wash the dishes, or any time your hands have been exposed to water.

Treat Brittle Nails from the Inside

The foods you eat can have some effect on the condition of your fingernails. If you have brittle nails, think of adding foods that contain biotin, a B vitamin. Biotin, which is a B vitamin, can help your nails grow thicker and strong. Some foods that contain biotin are peanuts, lentils, egg yolks, sardines, mushrooms, bananas, liver, and cauliflower. You could also consider taking biotin supplements to strengthen brittle nails.
It could take a few months for the biotin to work, so don’t expect instant results. Give the treatment time to improve the condition of your brittle nails.

Keep Brittle Nails Short

Brittle nails that are longer are more likely to break, crack, and split. So, until your nails have had a chance to get thicker and stronger, it’s best to keep them trimmed short.

Brittle nails aren’t just frustrating. When they split or crack, they can also be painful. Try these treatments, and your nails will go from thin and brittle to thick and healthy.

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