Your hands and fingernails speak volumes about you, telling others what type of work you do, how well you treat yourself, and even how healthy you are. They can also reflect your personality, revealing your fun and flakey side, or showing the world that you are a serious professional who takes pride in her appearance. When your nails are cracked and dry, they are not only unsightly, but they can leave you vulnerable to fungal and other infections. Following these simple tips to avoid and treat cracked and broken fingernails can speed up healing and restore strong beautiful nails you can be proud of.
Use Protective Products.
It can take months to transform cracked nails, but using protective strengthening products can speed things along while enhancing your overall nail health. One revolutionary new product getting rave reviews is Duri’s Rejuvacote 2.
Formulated with natural strengthening agents like calcium and keratin, it is formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free, making it a great choice for sensitive skin.
Moisturize Like Mad.
You lose moisture through evaporation from your skin, hair and nails throughout the day. Applying products that contain emollient oils at frequent intervals will help counteract the natural drying process. Duri makes two amazing products that restore moisture to your cuticles and nail bed to promote the growth of healthy strong nails.
Herbatherapy is an extremely effective organic remedy that safely softens damaged cuticles and revitalizes the living part of the nail plate to promote healthy nail growth and appearance. Duri’s French Herbs Cuticle Oil is a blend of natural extracts and oils enriched with vitamins and micro elements to help soften your damaged dry cuticles while nourishing and moisturizing your nail plate for new strong nails.
Clean Up Your Act.
You are what you eat, and while drying takes place from the outside of your body, you build new healthy tissue from within. Nutrition plays an important role in the formation of strong nails. Nails are made up of mostly protein, so a protein-rich diet is fundamental to nail health. Biotin, a B vitamin found in eggs, nuts legumes and meat is a fundamental element for nail growth.
Omega 3 oils like those found in salmon and sardines add moisture to your body’s structures. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of pure fresh water will boost and support nail moisture.
Watch the Water!
Exposing your hands to water containing detergents and chemicals is perhaps the most damaging activity leading to cracked fingernails. While water exposure cannot be completely avoided, you can curb water damage by using gentle natural soaps and cleansers. If your profession requires constant water exposure, avoid extremely hot water, wear gloves when possible, and moisturize your hands and nails frequently throughout the day.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nails grow slowly, at the pace of only two to three millimeters per month. At that rate, it can take anywhere from three to six months to regrow healthy strong nails. While you wait, avoid using your nails to rip, tear, pry and pull. There are tools for that! As your nails grow, trim and file them neatly to remove cracked tissue and avoid further tears and damage.