7 Handy Tips to Strengthen Brittle Nails

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You will be surprised how chipped and frayed nails can bring your otherwise diva-like image crumbling down. When you spend so much time on your hair and skin care, it only stands to reason that you spend a few minutes of that time caring for your nails. After all, there’s nothing like perfectly filed glossy nails to bolster your confidence. Here we have compiled a few tips that will give your brittle nails the sheen that they need.

Stop Biting Your Nails
If you are one of those women who tend to bite her nails when she’s nervous or just out of habit, then you need to stop it right now. Not only are you unconsciously eating the dirt embedded under your nails, but it is also causing sharp ridges on your nail plate. Next time you feel the urge taking over, simply distract yourself.

Put On Your Cleaning Gloves
Make it a point to put on rubber gloves while cleaning. It is the only barrier for your skin against harsh cleaning agents. The toxic cleaner not only dries your hand, but also breaks down the nails. This simple tip can go a long way in protecting your nails.

Olive Oil Massage
Want a quick tip for super glossy nails? Then a hot oil massage is something for you. Mix a few drops of lemon juice in warm olive oil, massage the concoction on your nails, slip on a pair of cotton gloves and let the oil work its magic overnight. Your hands will be baby soft and your nails will be super-shiny in the morning.

File Your Nail In One Direction
This is perhaps the oldest trick in the book, but it does work! Filing your nails in one direction will put less stress on the fragile tips and keep the skin from splitting. It might be awkward initially, but you will get the hang of it soon enough.

Moisturize Your Nails
Every time you moisturize your skin, make it a point to dab some cream on your nail bed and cuticles too, it will keep your nails hydrated throughout the day. A moisturizer with vitamin E will work best for both your skin and nails.

Let Your Nail Breathe
We all love to paint our nails, but excessive painting can be damaging. Nail paints contain alcohol which turns your nails brittle and can even cause nails to change colors from pearly crème to slightly yellow. Let your nail breathe. We recommend giving your nails 2 to 3 weeks before the next coat of paint.

Take Vitamins
Taking vitamins can help your nails grow stronger and longer. Biotin works the best for your hair and nails. You can also take vitamin E capsules and apply it directly on your nails. Just take a capsule, make a tiny hole with a pin, squirt the content directly on your nails and rub in the gel evenly. Before consuming any pills it is a good idea to consult with your doctor first.

These tips here are sure to give anyone a serious case of nail envy. For that added pampering don’t forget to indulge in a nail spa.

Article courtesy of articlesbase.com. You can find the article at: http://www.articlesbase.com/nails-articles/7-handy-tips-to-strengthen-brittle-nails-6928192.html

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Evans Casey is a contributor to Articlesbase.com.

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