What are some home remedies for dry, brittle nails?


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Vitamin supplements, such as biotin, are examples of home remedies for dry, brittle nails. Soaks with ingredients such as lemon juice, olive oil, beer and apple cider vinegar are other home remedies.

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A vitamin B supplement with biotin is useful in restoring nail health. Biotin is also found in foods such as oatmeal, peanuts, mushrooms, bananas and soy. Ingesting more of these foods is another home remedy for dry, brittle nails. Taking biotin supplements takes up to six months to show full improvement, though.

General multivitamin supplements that include calcium, vitamins A and D, niacin, and iron are also helpful in restoring nail health.

A soak made of 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice revives the look of dry, brittle nails and hydrates them. The vitamin C in the lemon juice strengthens the nails, while the citric acid removes staining. Olive oil penetrates the cuticles and nail bed to add moisture. The suggested treatment is soaking for 20 minutes, massaging the soak into the nails and leaving it on overnight.

A soak combining beer, olive oil and apple cider vinegar is another effective home remedy for dry, brittle nails. The recommended soak time is 15 minutes. Massaging coconut oil into the nail bed and cuticles is also useful. The oil hydrates, while the massage improves blood circulation, which helps nails grow.

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