A powerhouse ingredient for preventing brittle nails, Argan oil can simply be used on its own as a perfect treatment to revitalize weak nails, and has in fact been used for centuries to protect skin, hair, as well as nails because of its nourishing properties. The high levels of Vitamin E and fatty acids present in Argan oil means that it helps to heal the skin and protects against free radical damage. For best results, apply just a drop of oil and massage into the nailbed and cuticle each night for strong, healthy nails in no time at all.
For a nourishing recipe, and one that guards against infection, try this homemade cuticle oil:
10ml Argan oil
10ml Sweet almond oil
5 ml Vitamin E oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
Combine the oils thoroughly and massage into skin over the cuticle and the nail itself if desired. The argan and sweet almond oil will nourish and condition, whilst the Vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant – will prevent brittleness and help to stimulate circulation. The essential oils added in not only add a wonderful scent, but also help to clean the area and prevent infection.
If you’re looking to make a quick home remedy, simple kitchen supplies should still arm you with some basic essentials that can easily help heal weak nails. Try simply mixing olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice in a bowl and soak nails in it for about 10 minutes, or alternatively massage onto nails, slip on cotton gloves and use this as an overnight treatment.