October 31, 2016

How-tology: Nail It

Having gorgeous nails can be a trial at times. You no sooner grow them out to a decent length and one snaps on you for no apparent reason. Well, maybe that's where you are wrong! We constantly use our nails as tools or expose them to conditions that they simply can't tolerate. Is it any wonder that they are weak? Take a look at the list and see if there are any changes that you can implement.

Foods that are rich in iron, calcium, vitamin B and potassium are as good for your nails as they are for the rest of your body. They include soy products, celery, yogurt, eggs and seafood too.

Sun, chlorine and harsh cleaning products can make your nails brittle. Get into the habit of using a sunblock when outside and gloves when you are inside. Always use a good moisturizer on your hands on a regular basis.

The corner of your nails should never be filed. Doing so, will weaken the nail and you will find that they will break more easily as a result.

Rub the fingernails from one hand across the other hand as if you were buffing them. Do this a few times a day for about 5 minutes to enhance nail growth. This is a form of reflexology.

You will notice a change in your nails if you eat 6 almonds a day. They contain one of the fatty acids that your nails need.

Make your own nail biting prevention ointment. Take the gel from a fresh leaf of aloe and boil it (in a double boiler) until it turns into a paste. Transfer it to a jar that labeled with contents and date. This paste can be rubbed on the nail to prevent biting. There is a warning however. Consuming too much of this paste can cause vomiting.