Top 3 steps to gorgeously-strong nails

03 Jul 2018
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Are you taking proper care of the natural armour protecting your digits? Here are three at-home remedies that will keep you glowing from your thumb to your pinkie!



Glossy, brittle, chipped, or polished, our nails endure a constant barrage of exposure to the elements – and pretty much everything we come in contact with. They’re also a blank canvas on which to showcase our personalities through colour and nail-art. Or, maybe you’re a fan of the natural look? Whatever your preference, healthy nails are happy nails. Here are a few ways to beat those brittle talons.

1. The Sea Salt Soak

  • 2 Tbsp fine grain sea salt
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil, or some lemon juice
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil (optional)

Combine ingredients together in a small bowl of warm water. Soak your nails for 10 to 15 minutes, two times a week, applying hand cream afterwards and you’ll soon notice that impurities are polished away and your nails are becoming softened and strengthened.

  

2. Cayenne Pepper Hand Mask

  • 1 tsp hand cream
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 10 drops water

Mix the ingredients well before applying to nails for 15-20 minutes and rinsing afterwards. The leftover mixture can be kept in the fridge and re-used 1 to 2 times a week.

3. Hot Oil Treatment for Dry and Splitting Nails

Heat some olive oil in the microwave so it’s warm to the touch. Add some drops of lemon juice. Soak hands and nails for ten minutes. Put on gloves after the hot oil treatment and leave them on for 20 minutes, or overnight for best results.

BONUS: Daily Nail-Care Tips

1. Avoid lengthy exposure to water.

2. Wear cotton-lined gloves when washing utensils.

3. Getting a manicure? Don’t clip or remove your cuticles as it can lead to infection.

4. Avoid acetone nail-polish removers.

5. Finally, don’t bite your nails!

Take care of your nails the same way you would your skin and hair as the state of your nails can indicate a lot about your overall health. And, not only do they protect your fingers, they’re a natural accessory where you can show-off some epic artistry!


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