Check Your Iron
Start with an overall health assessment to determine why your nails break. Low iron levels can result in weak and brittle nails so have your iron levels checked by your doctor. If they’re low, incorporate iron-rich foods — meat, beans, dark leafy greens and brown rice — and an iron supplement into your diet to strengthen your nails.
- Talk to your doctor before adding an iron supplement to your diet.
Choose the Right Products
Nail polish and polish remover might help you maintain pretty digits, but the wrong products can weaken your nails, leading to breakage. The acetone in nail-polish remover can strip your nails, which makes them brittle. Likewise, ingredients such as toluene in nail polish, among many others, can remove important moisture from your nails, leaving them dry.
Always use a non-acetone nail-polish remover. You can also try a soy-based one instead. Remove your nail polish after five days of wear — anything longer will mean that the potentially harsh ingredients found in some polishes will weaken your nail body.
- Try resolving your nail weakness from the inside out. Biotin is a B vitamin associated with improved hair and nail strength. Talk to your doctor about whether biotin can help boost the look and feel of your nails.
Moisturize Your Tips
Just as your skin needs moisturizing, so do your nails. As you age, your nails produce fewer natural oils, which are responsible for holding their fibers together. As a result, aging nails are more prone to breaking.
When using a daily hand lotion, be sure your nails get attention as well. Work a dab of moisturizer that contains hydrating Shea butter, jojoba oil or avocado oil into each nail.
- Create a homemade soak for your nails to strengthen them using common household ingredients. Many women use simple olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil or tea-tree oil — all natural moisturizers that can hydrate and strengthen weak nails.
Keeping your hands out of water might be tough — after all, someone has to water the flowers, wash the dishes, bathe the kids and clean the bathroom. However, nails that are submerged in water swell, which results in nails that are weaker and more prone to chipping.
Always wear a pair of gloves when cleaning or working in water. These gloves will protect your nails — not to mention your hands — and prevent water from weakening the nails. Gloves also keep your nails safe from cleaning products that likewise can weaken them