Do at-home nail treatments
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If your nails look like they need some major TLC, do an at-home nail treatment. In the same way your face occasionally needs a super hydrating face mask, so do your nails. Consider dermatologist Dana Stern’s Deep Hydrating Formula, a hybrid gel-oil that hydrates and strengthens nails or Dermelect’s Peptide Infused Nail Recovery System for Damaged or Aging Nails. Erica Marton, a celebrity manicurist, suggests these home remedies: For yellow nails, make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda and let it sit on nails for about 15 minutes to remove stains. If your cuticles are extremely dry, she suggests dabbing them with olive or coconut oil. Here are the subtle signs your hands are begging for TLC.
Always cut your nails
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As much as you might love the look of long, beautifully-shaped fingernails, it’s best to avoid growing them out if you want to make them stronger. “Keep your nails shorter, as the longer they are, the easier it is for them to get traumatized,” says Dr. Jaber. Short nails are far less likely to be broken in your everyday life. As an added bonus, it’s also much easier to maintain the appearance of nails when they’re short! Discover more tips to protect your nails.
Visit your derm
If your nails remain brittle no matter how hard you work to repair and strengthen them, it may be time to visit an expert. “If these methods are not effective then see your dermatologist, as there are prescription nail lacquers like Genadur or Nuvail which can sometimes strengthen your nails,” says Dr. Jaber. Now, find out even more ways to get healthy and strong nails.