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If your nails are prone to breaking, are weak or just won’t grow – we can help. We’ve got some quick and easy tips for improving the strength and overall health of your nails.

1. Protect your fingernails

Think about how much our hands are exposed to each day – washing up water, food from cooking and eating, soap, dust, grime and more. It’s no wonder our poor nails aren’t feeling their best. When you can, protect your nails by wearing gloves when you are using harsh chemicals. You can also use a barrier cream to keep moisture in around the delicate nail area. A clear polish is also a good idea as it strengthens the nail and protects them from damage.

2. Bless your cotton socks

At night before bed, slather some moisturiser onto your toes and really rub it into your nails. Pop some cotton socks on to sleep in, as this will stop the cream rubbing off in the night. In the morning your feet will be noticeably softer and your nails will have had a good moisture soak all night.

3. Trim after a bath

The best time to cut your nails is after they’ve been soaking in warm water. So get into the habit of only cutting them after you’ve had a soak in a bath, as this will mean you’ll be less likely to break or chip them compared to when they are bone dry.

4. Be kind to your feet

We’re probably all guilty of being a slave to fashion at some point. But if you’re still forcing your feet into too-small or too-tall shoes, it can be causing pain and damage to your toenails. Try to get fitted by a professional, and remember not to wear the same shoes over and over.

5. Consider a supplement

Whether it’s a general multivitamin, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin E or a combination, there are many supplements available from the chemist that can help strengthen your nails and encourage growth. The other benefit is that many will also benefit your skin and hair too. You can also find specific products at the chemist that are designed to strengthen your nails.

6. Just add oil

A lack of moisture is the enemy of healthy nails, so try rubbing oil (such as coconut oil) into your fingernails and cuticles. It will be rapidly absorbed and will help keep your skin and nails supple and strong.

7. Watch out for chemicals

Every day we are exposed to chemicals which can damage our hands and nails, but it’s worth noting that there are often less harsh varieties of each of them. For instance choose a natural hand sanitiser rather than one loaded with alcohol, choose fragrance free baby wipes, natural sun creams and homemade or low-tox cleaning products.

Have you tried any of these remedies and did they work for you? We would love to hear your point of view (or your own tips) in the comments.

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