Our nails are not pretty. And don't look as attractive as a set of nails should. Okay, we said it.
At the moment, some of our nails are chipped. A couple with vertical ridges. And barely growing. At least our nails are short and somewhat neat. Well, a few are, at least.
What's going on?!
We've all heard how beneficial olive oil is for growing strong fingernails. We've been enjoying it in our Mediterranean diet for years. Why hasn't it helped us?
Maybe, soaking hands and feet in olive oil, to be exact. This old and simple method softens rough cuticles and nourishes nails.
But why the chipping, vertical ridges, weak/brittleness?
We did a little research and found some great nail tips from the well-respected Mayo Clinic:
Your nails are made up of laminated layers of a protein called keratin, which is also found in your hair and skin.
And it takes a fingernail about 4 to 6 months to fully regenerate. That's a slow-www process.
"Weak or brittle fingernails can be a challenge to toughen up. The following tips can help you protect them, making your nails less likely to split or break.
Keep your nails short, square shaped and slightly rounded on top.
Trim brittle nails after a bath or a 15-minute hand soak in bath oil.
Then apply a moisturizer.
Moisturize your nails and cuticles at bedtime and cover them with cotton gloves.
Apply a nail hardener, but avoid products containing toluene sulfonamide or formaldehyde. These chemicals can cause redness or irritate the skin.
Don't use nail polish remover more than twice a month. Instead, touch up the polish. When you do need a remover, avoid those that use acetone, which dries nails.
Repair splits or tears with nail glue or clear polish."
And we have also spoken to a few nail technicians who highly recommend brushing on Solar Oil by Creative Nail Design ($7.50, http://www.ulta.com/). Nail pros swear by this easy, quick step routine for a more attractive set of healthy nails.
Solar Oil is formulated with an effective blend of jojoba, rice bran and sweet almond oils infused with the power of vitamin E. Solar Oil is said to penetrate deeply into your cuticles and nails to prevent them from becoming brittle and to promote healthy nail growth.