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Four ways to treat weak and brittle nails at home

Constant exposure to water and alcohol in hand sanitizers can weaken nails (Image: Shutterstock)

Many nail salons around the country are currently on lockdown in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. We’ve all been advised to stay indoors and practise good personal hygiene by washing our hands frequently and using an alcohol rub whenever we don’t have access to soap and water. 

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Now that most of us are washing our hands more frequently throughout the day, constant exposure to water and alcohol in hand sanitizers can weaken nails. The current lockdown and self-isolation period are indefinite, so we don’t know how long it will be before our nails go from a brittle peeling mess to looking fabulous and feeling strong again.

Below are four things you can do to revive your nails.

Soaking your nails in olive oil will strengthen and lengthen them (Image: Shutterstock)
  1. Moisturise your hands

With all the constant handwashing we’ve been doing, our hands are exposed to water multiple times in a day, leaving our hands looking and feeling very dry. Ensure that you moisturise your hands with hand lotion or oil after drying them.

Remember that the first signs of ageing start showing on your neck and back of your hands. As you replenish your dry hands with some moisture, massage the product onto your nailbeds and cuticles to nourish them as well.

  1. Stay hydrated

Water is good for your overall health, including the health of your nails. Brittle, peeling nails are a result of a lack of adequate moisture. Just as important as it is to nourish your nails from the outside with lotion or oil, it’s equally important to nourish them from the inside by drinking a good amount of water throughout the day.

As you moisturise your dry hands, massage the product onto your nailbeds and cuticles (Image: Shutterstock)
  1. Take a break of nail polish

Now that you won’t be attending any nail appointments for a while, take this time to give your nails a breather. Constant application of nail polish, acrylics and gel polish will weaken your nails over time. Worse still, you’ll need to use a drying nail polish remover, acetone or abrasive buffing to take them off. Give your real nails some much-needed TLC during this break.

  1. Soak your nails

Olive oil is like a magical beauty elixir that has multiple hair and skin benefits. It can also turn dry, damaged nails into strong and long nails. All you need to do is pour two tablespoons of olive oil into a small bowl and microwave it for 20 seconds to warm it up.

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Dip each hand in the olive oil and heat it up again before soaking the other hand. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes three times a week and you’ll notice a remarkable difference in the health of your nails over time.

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