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Back to Basics Series: 3 Simple Tips for Stronger, Healthier Nails

Posted by Kara Crail

Nothing is worse than spending hours on a new manicure and having a nail break within days. 😩 Ouch! Like they say, outer beauty won't last forever; it's what's underneath that really counts. Whether you're a total nail newbie or a manicure master, follow these 3 basic tips for growing stronger, healthier nails.



1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Quickly and easily enhance the appearance of your cuticles, nails, and skin with a simple moisturizer or cuticle oil. This tip is especially crucial if you live in a dry environment. Dehydrated, cracked skin and cuticles makes your body more prone to foreign elements. Massaging moisture and nutrients into your cuticles will help to stimulate blood flow into your fingers, encouraging nail growth and acting a barrier against bacterial and fungal infections. If you're grossed out by the thought of warm, oily fingers, use a dab of coconut oil on your hands and some vitamin enhanced cuticle oil. 




2. Avoid Harsh Chemicals
We're not just talking about detergents and cleaning solutions! Harsh chemicals can be found in shampoos and soaps, too. Many products created to combat oily skin and hair will undoubtedly strip the natural oils from your nails as well. Next time you're shopping for bath products and hand soaps, opt for a moisturizing solution or look for all-natural ingredients. Make sure to moisturize your hands after a shower, and if you're constantly cleaning your home, consider switching to all-natural products, protecting your fingers with gloves, and maybe asking your partner to take over sometime. 😜




3. EAT FOOD!
Eat real food! Not food product. A nutrient rich diet is one of the best ways to grow stronger, healthier nails. While some sources may suggest taking Biotin supplements, a b-vitamin complex, for nail growth, other sources are skeptical about it's inconclusive results. Your best bet would be to eat a well-balanced colorful diet. Eat your way through the rainbow! Vitamin C, calcium, iron, and omega-3s are known for it's nail strengthening benefits, so load up on fruits, veggies, leafy greens, nuts, and lean proteins. 


How do you keep your nails strong and healthy? Share any of your personal favorite tips and tricks in the comments below. 
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  • I have a fruit smoothie with Almond Milk daily and drink almost a gallon of water daily and my nails are flourishing and so is my skin….I call that"Winning" 😀😄!

    Barbara Ross on

  • I had my tonsils removed at age 34. My nails looked and felt so healthy after a a week of eating jello 5 times a day! I still try to eat a little jello everyday. Gelatin has been used by women to strengthen nails since the 70s. And remember: Your nails are NOT tools!

    Lisa on

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  • I use OPI Nail Envy. It works great & definitely strengthens your nails.

    Brandi Smith on

  • I received a proper diagnosis. Take thyroid supplement., Biotin, B complex.whole foods healthy fats and add gelatin to my drinks. Nails are much improved.

    Jasmine Palumbo on

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