Besides hair and skin, nails re one of the most visible signs of a person’s general health. That’s why you should definitely consider taking action if you have cracked and split nails. It’s important to keep in mind that they might be cracking splitting often because they’re weak. The problem is that nail treatments can be very expensive especially in terms of restoring them to optimum strength. However, you might be surprised to learn that you likely have all of the home remedies’ ingredients needed to strengthen your nails, in your kitchen cupboards. This will help you to save a small fortune. Another key benefit of using home remedies is that they’re much easier to deal with than treatments that can be not only difficult but also painful.
A Dip in the Sea (Salt)
Sea salt is a common ingredient used in baths due to its healing. It’s definitely a good option if you have problems such as cracked or split nails due to them being weak. The good news is that you don’t have to use a fancy remedy. Just mix up 4 teaspoons sea salt with a little warm water, and add some wheat germ oil in the case that you already have some at home. Then simply soak your nails in the mixture for 10 minutes. You’ll soon that your nails not only have a healthier appearance and feel, but they’ll also be stronger. While sea salt tends to be a little more expensive than table salt, it’s definitely much more affordable than other remedies that are expensive due to the harsh manmade chemicals they contain. That’s definitely a plus if you want to avoid a remedy that’s easy on your fingernails and wallet.
Time for Tee Tree (Oil)
Tea tree oil is an excellent ingredient that can be used for a wide array of health issues including chicken box and clearing up various types of acne. You might have seen various health and beauty products that include tea tree oil. This oil is an effective anti-septic and is also excellent for adding moisture to your nails. The process of using the oil is very simple, which makes it a popular option for people who want to improve their nail health. Simply add a couple drops of tea tree oil to your nails a couple times per week. That will help to heal damage that’s resulted from past damage such as cracks and splits. Besides that, it will also help to function as a conditioner for your nails’ cuticles.
Going All Out with Olives
You’ve probably heard that olive oil is very healthy due to the fatty acids they contain. However, besides being a healthy option for cooking and salads, olive oil can also help to strengthen your nails. Besides moisturizing your skin and lowering your cholesterol, it can also help to repair and strength your fingernails. Not only that, but you might be surprised at how easy it is to use olive oil to improve your nails’ health. The process just involves soaking your nails in olive oil (extra virgin) variety for 10 minutes every day. If you keep following this procedure you’ll notice that your nails will get healthier, which is definitely a plus.
Another option involving olive oil is a hot oil treatment that includes the oil from olives and some lemon juice. You can use a couple drops of either fresh or bottled lemon juice. Just dip one cotton ball into the oil/lemon mixture, then place it on the nail. Use some aluminum foil to keep the cotton ball on your fingernail. Let it set there for 10 minutes then remove it. You’ll observe that your nails will look/feel healthier. Besides that they’ll also be shinier. An added bonus is that the lemon juice will help to get rid of a yellow hue that results from using too much nail polish.
Treating from the Inside-Out
Another type of solution for weak/damaged nails besides topical treatments is to make your nails stronger by adding certain foods to your diet. They include foods that are high in Vitamin B known as Biotin. This can help to make your nails much stronger. Biotin is found in foods such as lentils, peanuts, and cauliflower. Other good foods to add are saturated fats included coconut oil and avocado.
Milk: Not Just for Strong Bones
We learn at a young age that milk is good for our teeth and bones due to the calcium it contains. However, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that the calcium can also help to strengthen your fingernails. The process is very simple. Just soak your nails in milk (warm) for about 5 minutes. That will not only make your nails stronger, but will help to prevent them from peeling/splitting in the future. An added bonus you can enjoy is that they’ll look much whiter as well. If you want to add some extra strength to the mix you could also add egg yolks. That’s because the extra protein will further help to strengthen you nails and help to prevent various types of issues.
Vaseline: not Just for Skin
Vaseline is a popular remedy for treating skin issues and especially dry skin. However, you might be surprised to learn that it can also help to treat nail issues, such as weak or damaged nails. One of the main causes of damaged nails such as cracked or split nails is dehydration. The good news is that you can add moisture back to your nails without using expensive ingredients. One reason could be frequent use of nail polish, although there are many other potential causes of dry nails. You can add moisture back to fingernails by adding some Vaseline the fingers’ nails at nighttime. This is a basic yet effective way to keep your fingernails hydrated. Besides that, keeping them moisturized will also help to prevent various damage such as cracking and splitting.
Cracked and split nails are often the result of the nails being weak in the first place. The good news is that using some basic home remedies can help to make your fingernails much stronger. This will help to keep them looking and feeling better.