Skin Care & Beauty

10 ways to naturally strengthen your nails

Do you fancy long and strong nails? Well, who doesn’t! but guess what! it’s not easy to achieve the nails of your dreams. But it’s not impossible. A few tips and tricks can help to grow some beautiful nails which are not just beautiful but equally strong. Here are a few tips that you can follow.
1. Lemon juice

Vitamin C is considered to be really helpful in the growth of nails. All you need is a lemon wedge and you just need to rub it on your finger nails and toe nails, at least once a day. Rub it for five minutes and then rinse it with warm water. It will help your nails to grow and it will also keep them clean and bacteria free.

2. Coconut oil
Massaging your nails with warm coconut oil can promote nail growth. Coconut oil is filled with Vitamin E and is a great source of antioxidants. Massage your finger nails with coconut oil every night before sleep and you will eventually see the difference.
3. Orange juice
Oranges helps in collagen production. Collagen is an important agent that helps in nail growth and adds to the vitality of nails. The antioxidant properties of orange also keep any infections at bay. Take some orange juice in a bowl and soak your nails for around 10 minutes. Rinse it with warm water and moisturise effectively. Try to do this once a day at least for desired results.

4. Olive oil
If you have damaged, brittle nails, then olive oil is your best bet. Being easily permeable in nature, olive oil reaches the inner layer of your nails, soothes it and cures it of all dryness. It also aids in blood circulation and helps in nail growth. Warm up some virgin olive oil and gently massage your nails and cuticles for around five minutes. Cover your hands with gloves and let it rest overnight.

5. Cut down on gel and acrylic nails
Nail art, gel and acrylic nails look attractive. However, these acrylic and gel nails prevent the strengthening and growth of your nails. Getting your nails done with gel or acrylics once in a while is okay. But regularly using nail art, acrylics and gels deteriorate the quality and growth of your nails.

6. Consume biotin

Biotin is the powerhouse vitamin for nail and hair growth. You can choose to include biotin-rich food into your diet such as bananas or avocados along with which you can also take biotin supplements. Before you begin taking biotin supplements, do consult a doctor.

7. Eat lots of greens

Leafy vegetables, especially spinach, are packed with high levels of folic acid or vitamin B9 which supplement the growth of nails and make them strong. A helping of greens once a day will help you get stronger and longer nails.

8. Use egg shells
The extra calcium in eggshells helps strengthen your nails. Take egg shells, clean them and then grind them and make a paste out of it. You can then apply the paste on your nails and let it sit for sometime. This pack will help your nails grow.

9. Honey
Honey helps fight bacterial and fungal growth and can help keep your nails and cuticles nourished and supple. Create a honey and lemon nail mask by mixing 2 teaspoons of honey with a few drops of lemon juice. Massage this into your nails and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly.

10. Garlic Oil
Garlic is rich in selenium, which helps promote nail growth. Rub your fingernails with a sliced piece of garlic.If that is too pungent for you, you could make your own garlic oil.Use this garlic oil as a nail mask.Try this once a week.

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