Lotions with alpha-hydroxy acids or lanolin can be helpful for brittle nails caused by dry conditions. Soak your nails in water for 5 minutes before you put it on.
Do you like to pop open soda cans or other containers with your nails? Give it a rest. Reach for other objects instead so you’re not zapping what strength your nails have.
Canadian Dermatology Association: “Brittle Nails.”
Harvard Medical School: “By the way, doctor: Does having ridged and split fingernails mean I’m unhealthy?” “The lowdown on thyroid slowdown,” “How much protein do you need every day?”
UPMC Health Beat: “What Causes Brittle Nails? How You Can Treat Weak Fingernails.”
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Iron-Deficiency Anemia.”
Breastcancer.org: “Nail Changes.”
Cleveland Clinic: “Are Your Skin and Nails Suffering From Cancer Treatment? 9 Tips.”
National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Biotin.”
American Academy of Dermatology: “Artificial Nails: Dermatologists’ Tips For Reducing Nail Damage,” “Tips for Healthy Nails.”
Genetics Home Reference: “Keratins.”
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Brittle Splitting Nails.”