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How to Strengthen Brittle & Splitting Nails Naturally with Vitamin E Oil

Splitting, thin, brittle and/or breaking nails aka Onychoschizia occurs frequently in women. There is a common misconception that it’s caused by vitamin deficiencies.

In some cases, iron deficiency anaemia & gluten intolerance does lead to brittle nails. However, there are a few other things that cause brittle, breaking nails in women.

What Causes Brittle Nails/Split Nails?

  • Dipping bare hands in materials full of harsh chemicals like detergents, cleaning fluids.
  • Nail removal solutions, which contain acetone, can be harsh on the nails.
  • Overuse of commercial nail polishes. A fresh coat of paint looks gorgeous but try to give your nails a few days/weeks break in-between manicures and pedicures. Leaving nail polishes on for too long also leads to brittle nails. Always remove polish within 5 – 7 days of application.
  • When you’re involved in activities that keep your hands and fingers wet or moist constantly such as frequent swimming.
  • A diet deficient in adequate protein. The nails are made up of a protein known as keratin. If you’re not getting enough protein in your diet, you will experience brittle, breaking nails in addition to hair loss.
  • If you’re dehydrated constantly, you will eventually start experiencing brittle, breaking nails. While the recommended daily water intake is at least 8 glasses of water, you should aim to drink much more than that. If you wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, you’re already dehydrated.

How to Strengthen Brittle & Spitting Nails with Vitamin E Oil

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Vitamin E Oil (70,000 IU preferably)

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Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil and/or

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Now Foods Solutions Organic Argan Oil

  • Mix ¼ cup of sweet almond oil and/or argan oil with 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil in a clear 4 oz bottle. You can extract vitamin E oil directly from the capsules as well.
  • Shake thoroughly.

Every time your hands get wet, use the moisturizer afterwards. You can also use the oil mix every morning and evening, taking a few minutes to massage it into each nail thoroughly.

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Tips for Eliminating Brittle Nails

  • Wear gloves whenever you are involved in household tasks like dishwashing, general cleaning and laundry by hand.
  • When your nail snags, file it ASAP. If you leave it for too long, it will contribute to the problem.
  • Whenever you wash your hands after using the washroom, always apply the vitamin E oil mix.
  • Feel free to include a daily supplement rich in nail strengthening ingredients like biotin, saw palmetto, horsetail extract and silica. However, always consult your physician before you start taking any supplements internally.
  • Consider including bamboo leaf tea in your diet. Bamboo leaf tea is rich in bone building silica and 2 – 3 cups a day will go a long way in strengthening your hair and nails.
  • Use nail polish removers that are soy based and acetone free.
  • Before applying nail polish, massage the vitamin E oil mix into your nails thoroughly. It will form a protective base from the chemicals in the nail polish.

It will take around 6 months for the problem to rectify itself but with consistent use, you should start to notice the difference by the 3-month mark.

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Do you have any other DIY tips for dealing with brittle and breaking nails? Share them in the comments section.

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