Four Easy Tips For Longer, Stronger Nails

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Four Easy Tips For Longer, Stronger Nails
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 9:51am

1. Avoid nail polishes containing formaldehyde.

This chemical can cross link the keratin protein in your nails. While it does make the nails harder, it also makes them so stiff that they become brittle so they actually break MORE easily.

2. Dont bother with gelatin.

Many products claim that gelatin strengthens nails because it is made from protein, but there is no scientific evidence that gelatin has any benefit to nails.

3. Limit your use of polish removers.

These products contain alcohol and other solvents that dry nails out, making them more prone to breakage.

4. Use a good hand cream or cuticle cream.

Daily exposure to detergents and harsh chemicals dries out your nails and makes them break more easily. By moisturizing them often you can prevent loss of moisture and reduce the chance of breakage. Lotions with petrolatum or mineral oilare the best. You might try the Terra Naturals Nail Strengthener.