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How To Strengthen Nails

May 04, 2020 2 min read 11 Comments

How To Strengthen Nails

Experiencing nails that are fragile, thin, uneven, or that peel easily? I reached out to two experts, Dr. Charlotte Birnbaum of Spring Street Dermatology in New York City, and Rebecca Jayne, owner of A Nail Affair salon in Red Hook, New York, to get their advice on how to strengthen nails, and how to avoid brittle nails in the first place. Read on for some key insights from these two experts, plus eight essential tips for keeping your nails healthy and strong.

“Brittle nails are often caused by environmental trauma,” explains Dr. Birnbaum. “This can include exposure to chemicals, manicures, and repetitive [actions] like typing or texting." Some medical conditions may also cause brittle nails, including thyroid disease, anemia, and atherosclerosis. Jayne adds that for people who get (or do their own) manicures, using certain tools, like an electric nail file, can damage your nails by removing layers of your nail bed. Excessive, too-harsh buffing can also weaken nails.

What isn’t to blame? Most likely, what you’re eating. “Typically diet does not heavily impact our nails, and contrary to popular belief, calcium content in nails does not contribute to hardness of the nails," Dr. Birnbaum explains. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies rarely cause brittle nails, because only "very small amounts are needed for optimal function of nails.” That said, the doctor adds that she — obviously — does recommend following a nutrient-rich diet to support overall health.

Now that you're armed with the basics, scroll on to find out how to strengthen your nails in eight simple steps.

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4. Apply A Nail Strengthener

Treat dry, peeling nails with a nail strengthener, but “stay away from the ones with formaldehyde in them,” advises Jayne.

The ella+mila Nail Strengthener helps keep nails strong and healthy with a vitamin E-rich formula that’s free of formaldehyde and other harsh chemicals. The brand is also vegan and cruelty-free, and as another bonus: The elephant on the bottle is super cute. "I don't know what's in it but it works better than anything else I've tried to help my peeling weak nails," commented one reviewer.

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Debbie W
Debbie W

August 26, 2020

Been using the nail strengthener for 12 days and it has done nothing, but chip and peel my nails away. Very disappointed

Deborah
Deborah

July 30, 2020

Yesterday, just put on my first day of nail strengthener, following the video and putting extra peoduct in my tips. I type all day and the product seems to be wearing off after one day. Should I put more on the tips?

Twardowski Jann
Twardowski Jann

July 22, 2020

I’m so impressed with your First Aid Kiss. After taking off my gel nails and polish I never thought I’d ever be able to wear nail polish again. Great product. Thank you!

Carolan Mersereau
Carolan Mersereau

June 16, 2020

Received “Nail Strengthener” today……..NO INSTRUCTIONS! Thank you!

Helanie Fisher
Helanie Fisher

June 07, 2020

Directions up to 4 weeks. After that what type of routine directions do u recommend

Judith Balcer
Judith Balcer

May 07, 2020

I have a fungus nail on my left ring finger. How to clear it up?

Judith Balcer
Judith Balcer

May 07, 2020

I have a fungus nail on my left ring finger. How to clear it up?

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