Brittle Nails and Aging: Treatments that Work

brittle nails

As we age our fingernails change and they naturally become more brittle after the age of 35. For the best looking nails, regardless of your age or the rigors of your day, follow these tips.

While brittle nails are the natural result of aging, they can also occur prematurely when the hands spend a lot of time immersed in water through cleaning, bathing and even swimming. Other causes of brittle nails include exposure to harsh chemicals and repeatedly wetting and drying the hands and nails. Some medical conditions can also cause brittle nails including Raynaud’s disease, hypothyroidism, malnutrition and skin diseases.

Cauliflower is excellent for strengthening nails. The biotin in cauliflower can help your nails become stronger and thicker as it is absorbed into the core of your nail. Other great sources of biotin include legumes, especially peanuts and lentils.

Cooking oil can be soaked into the nails for additional strength. It replenishes the oil in the nails and can help make them stronger. You don’t have to soak your entire hand; just brush some oil on and take a moment to massage it and work it into the nail. Be sure to also rub the brush on the underside of your nail.

Wear rubber gloves when cleaning and washing dishes. You may feel a bit like your mother as you don them, but your nails will thank you. Be sure to put on a pair of soft cotton gloves on the inside so your hands don’t get sweaty and wind up creating unwanted moisture inside the glove. You can even keep multiple pairs under the sink and just toss them in the washer after they’ve been used.

Massaging your fingertips feels good. It also improves the blood circulation around your nailbed. This will encourage the growth of stronger, healthier nails.

Moisturize your hands and rub it into the nails, as well. Keeping moisturizer on your hands is vital in the winter when heat can dry out the air and your skin. When you also rub it into your nails and cuticles, you will help your nails grow thicker and stronger.

Clipping your nails shorter may not be at the top of your list for solutions, but it can protect the delicate nails. Keeping your nails clipped to a shorter, but fashionable, length can prevent them from splitting and breaking into nails that are jagged and unattractively short.

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