Regardless of if you are into nail polish or not, if you like your nails long or short, strong and shiny nails always look good and indicate that you are in good health in general. Some of us are luckier than others, but frankly speaking, you can continually improve your nails. There is always a little bit of room for them to get even better and stronger. And nature has so much to offer for this.
We at Bright Side prepared this selection of natural goodies that can help you get strong and healthy nails.
1. Vitamin E
How it works: Vitamin E oil improves not only the actual nail condition, but also the nail bed. It is known for repairing and straightening damaged and brittle nails and healing the cuticles. It improves blood circulation and nail growth.
What to do: Apply the Vitamin E oil directly on your nails and nail beds.
2. Coconut oil
How it works: Coconut oil is a good antioxidant, so it protects the nails from the negative effect of free radicals. Coconut oil also has very good antibacterial and antifungal characteristics.
What to do: Apply warm coconut oil on the nails and the skin around them and massage until it is absorbed.
3. Apple cider vinegar
How it works: Apple cider vinegar is very good for straightening nails, softening cuticles, and it also helps the nails to grow faster.
What to do: Add one tablespoon to a glass of warm water and soak it for a few minutes. You can repeat this daily until you are happy with the results.
4. Tea tree oil
How it works: Tea tree oil is a very strong antiseptic and antifungal ingredient. Don’t apply pure tea tree oil, always dilute it with a carrier oil.
What to do: Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil with 1/2 tsp of olive oil, almond oil, or coconut oil, apply it to the nails and skin around them and massage for a few minutes.
5. Lemon juice
How it works: Lemon is very high in Vitamin C, which accelerates collagen production and makes nails stronger. Lemon juice also contains alpha-hydroxy acid. This lightens the nails and heals any micro-cracks in the nails.
What to do: Squeeze half of a lemon, mix with 1 cup of warm water, and soak for 5-10 minutes.
6. Olive oil
How it works: Olive oil is exceptionally good for moisturizing and nourishing the nails. It’s high in Vitamin E, which repairs any damage to the nails and stimulates their growth. You also can use olive oil as a carrier oil.
What to do: Apply warm olive oil to the nails. Massage for 5-10 minutes.
7. Egg yolk and honey
How it works: Egg yolk contains a high amount of Vitamin A and fatty acids which makes it very effective for strengthening weak, thin, and brittle nails and for smoothing and moisturizing the cuticles. To get the goodness level even higher, add some honey which has antifungal properties.
What to do: Mix one yolk with 1/2 tsp of warm honey, apply the mixture to the nails and the skin around them, leave for 15 minutes and wash.
8. Flaxseed oil
How it works: Flaxseed oil is high in fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants which makes this oil really effective for boosting nail growth.
What to do: Apply flaxseed oil on the nails and massage for a few minutes.
9. Almond oil
How it works: Almond oil is very high in Vitamins A, B, and E. It repairs, moisturizes, and nourishes the nails and softens the cuticles.
What to do: Apply warm almond oil to your nails and the skin around them and massage for 2-3 minutes. You can also use almond oil as a carrier oil.
10. Jojoba oil
How it works: Jojoba oil contains a few types of fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which makes this oil exceptionally effective for making nails stronger and thicker.
What to do: Apply warm jojoba oil on your nails and the skin around them and massage for 2-3 minutes. You can use almond oil as a carrier oil as well.
Do you have any more natural recipes for keeping your nails healthy? Share them with us in the comments.