Do you struggle to keep your nails looking sleek and healthy? While nail weakness can be hereditary, there are steps you can take to strengthen your nails and make them healthier, stronger and longer.
Here’s eight simple steps for an at-home manicure, to restore your nails for an upcoming winter season full of deep mulberries and brooding pomegranate polish.
- Use olive oil – Rubbing olive oil into your nails can help stimulate nail growth and will help keep your nails healthy.
- Take care of your cuticles – Don’t bite or tear your cuticles. This will increase your exposure to harmful bacteria, which can cause infection.
- Avoid chemical exposure – Make sure you always wear gloves when washing-up or cleaning the house. Direct exposure to harmful chemicals can weaken your nails.
- Eat right – Eating calcium-rich and biotin-rich foods can help strengthen your nails. This can be as simple as having a glass of milk or having a handful of almonds during the day. Trying to avoid animal diary products? Try our delicious honey almond milk. <Link to recipe
- Don’t forget about water – Make sure you drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Water is vital for your overall health, including the health of your nails.
- Use hand cream – Apply hand cream every day to keep your nails hydrated and healthy. If you have extremely dry hands and nails, try applying a rich hand cream and restore your hands by wearing gloves overnight.
- Use nail strengthener – You can strengthen your nails and reduce tearing by applying a good nail strengthener. Want to avoid chemicals? Combined a little olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice, warm for 15 seconds in the microwave and apply to your nails with a cotton bud for a foolproof home remedy!
Remember, preventative nail care is always best, so don’t wait for your nails to look like something out of a horror movie before you act! Also, beware of supplements promising to restore nail health overnight – many of the vitamins most commonly lorded with restorative powers have little peer-reviewed evidence to back up their claims.