What Causes Brittle Nails and What Solutions are Available?

It has often been said that the health of our bodies can be seen within our fingernails. For instance, those who have recently recovered from an illness may note transverse lines across their surfaces, signifying that growth was halted for a certain amount of time. Other issues seem to be more chronic in nature. Many of us suffer from dry, brittle and soft nails. Some believe that this is a permanent condition which needs to be accepted. However, this is not often the case. There are plenty of powerful treatment options available. Let us first take a look at some common causes of brittle nails before moving on to discuss the available solutions.

Brittle Nails 101: What You Need to Know

The most common cause of brittle nails is a simple lack of moisture. This is why it is crucial to remain hydrated throughout the day; especially when the temperatures outside begin to rise. Nutrition may also play a role, as diets low in vitamin E and a substance known as biotin are common culprits. Other factors may include:

  • An excessive use of nail polish remover.
  • Exposure to harsh cleaning agents and/or detergents (particularly if you notice that your nails easily break or have become somewhat “soft”).
  • In some cases, a deficiency in B-complex vitamins.
  • Not buffing your nails gently, leading to an improper removal after a poor gel application

Now that we can begin to appreciate some of the main causes, what options can you employ? Most experts recommend using a nail strengthener that can be applied topically. What are the benefits of this approach?

How to Obtain Strong and Healthy Nails

We need to remember that our nails absorb a fair amount of wear and tear on a daily basis. Those which have become brittle can easily chip or crack; leading to unsightly and even painful conditions. In addition to adequate hydration and a healthy diet, topical treatments can work wonders within a relatively short period of time. These ointments target three key variables:

  • Density
  • Durability
  • Thickness

Ingredients such as silanediol salicylate, hyaluronic acid and Pistacia lentiscus gum (a substance which promotes keratin production) will provide a synergistic effect to achieve the results that you have been looking for. Additional components will help to prevent your nails from losing moisture; another important concern if you wish to avoid accidental cracking.

Having said this, there are additional ways in which to protect your nails from excess damage. For instance, avoid picking at your cuticles (this can damage the nail bed). Switch to organic detergents and cleaners if these chemicals irritate your nails. Do not use harsh care products and use nail polish remover sparingly. These seemingly small lifestyle changes can have a massive impact in regard to the health of your nails.

It could also be wise to take a look at additional skin care products, as those with unhealthy nails may also complain of other conditions such as dryness or irritation. We can now see that obtaining strong and attractive fingernails is indeed a reality!

xoxo D.