Dry nails are recognized by their lack of shine, their tendency to break and peel quickly, their slow growth and their sometimes deformed surface. Although the dryness of the nails and skin is usually something hereditary that affects almost 20% of the population, there are many techniques that will return health to your nails, giving them that movie look.
The main secret to dealing with dry nails is hydration. Dr. Richard K. Scher, a dermatologist in New York City states, “Think that having dry nails is the same as having dry skin. When you hydrate everything is fine, but if you stop doing it, the dryness returns almost instantaneously.”
1 Olive oil
If you usually use home remedies for your spa sessions you know that olive oil is more than magical. In a cup pour two fingers of extra virgin olive oil and insert your fingertips into it for 10 to 15 minutes. The components of olive oil will not only hydrate but will almost automatically fortify your nails. Repeat this every other day for two weeks.
2 Massage your nails with cream
You can use the moisturizer of your choice and massage your nails delicately. Massages stimulate blood flow to increase in the area, helping the nails grow faster and stronger. You can massage the hands, the cuticle area and the nail itself. It is also important that you incorporate into your life the habit of applying hand cream after washing your hands.
3 Drink plenty of water
What is the best way to keep the body hydrated? Consume plenty of water. The recommended dose is 8 long glasses a day, or an approximate of 3 liters a day. Water not only helps fight dryness of the skin, nails and hair, but also helps the overall proper functioning of the body.
4 Consume vitamin H
Biotin or Vitamin H is one of the B-complex vitamins that is essential for energy and body metabolism and the production of proteins that help hair and nail growth. The suggested dose of Biotin is 30 to 100 mcg per day. You can ingest it in:
5 Wear gloves when cleaning
This is preventive advice. Wearing gloves when you are doing the housework (hanging, washing dishes, washing clothes, etc.) is an excellent way to take care of the nails and the skin of the hands, which is already quite delicate, and added to the cleaning products, which are usually very irritating, it is best to protect them.
6 Don’t use your nails as a tool
Your nails were not made to open soda bottles, peel off old things, etc. Always try to seek help from some other object such as a pen or tweezers so as not to overuse your nails. This, in addition to probably breaking them, weakens them, scratches them, and in many cases causes injuries in some area of the finger.
7 Cut your nails after showering
Cutting and filing nails can be a difficult task if you have brittle nails. This is why it is better to do it after exposing them to a little hot water. This way you can also cut the skin around the nail more accurately and less painfully.
8 Avoid acetone
Acetone is an extremely strong component that almost immediately dries out nails. There are currently options for making a homemade enamel remover, just as there are less invasive options on the market, such as Josie Maran’s Bear Naked Nail Wipes.