Don’t we all like to flaunt healthy, glam and done up nails? Nails are one of the most attractive part of the body which has the ability to swoon anyone! However maintaining the health of our nails can be a bit of concern in modern times. No amount of nail makeovers, the best nail polish or a luxurious manicure can help if you have weak or brittle nails. Fragile nails chip easily which can end up being a nuisance; besides they also signify lack of enough care, moisture and nutrients. If you have weak nails they may break easily, take a long time to grow and look discoloured. Here are some kitchen ingredients one can experiment with to strengthen the nails, maintain nails and witness cool, strong, healthy nails.
Nail Care Ingredients
1. Almond oil
Rubbing almond oil on the nails adds moisture to them, giving way to healthy and shiny looking nails. You can massage the nails with almond oil as often as you want to make them stronger.
2. Vitamin E
Vitamin E oil is important for strong nails, hence you can massage the nails with vitamin E oil or with the gel squeezed out from a vitamin E capsule. Also you may consume vitamin E daily for fine nail health from within.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is great for over-all health. Abundant in magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron, all these attribute to nail health. This is not all, the acidic content of ACV keeps nail fungus away. Drink some and dip you nails in the rest to maximize the benefits.
4. Green Tea
A great source of antioxidants, green tea strengthens weak nails besides also revitalizing its actual sheen. As a home remedy, one can soak nails in cold green tea to eliminate discoloration or yellowish tinge from the nails. Indulge in a cuppa every day and leave a little to pamper your nails in it.
5. Flaxseed oil
Flaxseeds are blessed with nutrients like magnesium, potassium, lecithin, zinc and protein that are required to preserve healthy nails. The omega-3 fatty acids provide the vital hydration for nails and make them strong from within.
6. Coconut Oil
Applying coconut oil on your nails can work wonders by nourishing and replenishing your brittle nails. It also has anti-fungal qualities that protects nails from any form of fungus, it is great for cuticle treatment too by soothing dry nails.
7. Sea Salt
This one has strengthening and natural cleansing properties from within. You can take sea salt, water and dip your nails in them for a few minutes. Sea Salt is a great cure for discoloured, brittle or fungal issues.
Eggs are rich in proteins, calcium and Vitamin D, they make your nails stronger, thicker and healthier from within. Take some egg white, egg yolk and soak your nails in it for a few minutes daily for dramatic results.
9. Olive Oil
With moisturizing properties, they repair and hydrate weak, thin nails or cuticles. Dip your nails in olive oil for a few minutes for glowing results.
10. Milk Bath
Milk has strengthening, polishing, smoothening qualities which is ideal for nail health. Take some fresh raw milk and dip your nails in them for a few minutes daily for gorgeous nails.
Additional Care For Brittle Nails
Using these natural ingredients regularly will help your nails get stronger and healthier. But to overcome the problem completely, it’s ideal to take additional precautions. Here are some tips to keep your nails in top shape.
A. Keep it moisturised: Nails need moisture to stay healthy, hence apply a moisturiser daily to keep hands and nails soft. You may also apply a natural oil.
B. Limit the use of nail polish and removers: Try to keep your nails away from chemicals as less as possible. Steer clear of wearing nail polish or using removers very often and let your nails be au naturel.
C. Avoid contact with water and detergents: Keep your nails away from hard water and detergents or washing agents as much as you can as they can rob the nails of moisture. You can use dish gloves while doing dishes to save your nails from the unwanted agents.
D. Go under cover: The best way to keep your nails form lessening moisture and protecting from the dirt and grime is to keep them covered or protected. You can cover your hands with a stole or wear gloves or mittens after moisturising the nails.
E. Drink a lot of water: This is the ultimate secret to good nails alongside a balanced diet.
F. Avoid alcohol based hand sanitizers: They have chemicals or alcohol which rob the moisture from the hands.
Beauty Expert Shiv Chib says, “Dealing with weak nails can be hard work. Besides taking care of your diet and stress levels you can pamper your nails at home easily. Lemon never fails the hand care routine, it nourishes the nails, helps them grow long and naturally bleaches them. Rub some lemon slices daily for magical results. Nail soaks with argan oil, castor oil, tea tree oil can do wonders for the nails or hands. Alternatively you can also use Vaseline to keep them hydrated.”