If you suffer from brittle nails that chip too easily, then you may want to keep reading about our Do It Yourself Nail Soak. This soak could be the answer that you have been looking for, for strong, thick and healthy looking nails.
You can invest hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of dollars in nail strengthening creams by the big brands. Don’t get us wrong…we are confident they will work. However, we have a solution that you can do in your very own home. And the bonus is that you know exactly what is going into the mixture, rather than creams with ingredients that sound like they belong in a laboratory.
We will also go one step further and recommend other strategies you can do to help strengthen your nails. If you are regular reader of the Body Bedazzle site, you will know we are big advocates for prevention and protection to maintain your bodies natural beauty.
Why Should You Soak Your Nails?
There are many benefits to treating your hands to a regular soak, that go beyond just beautiful and strong natural nails. Including a regular soak in your beauty regime will help your hands retain a healthy level of moisture in the skin, as well as to help naturally exfoliate the dead skin from your hands.
A quick ten minute soak also helps to soften your cuticles (perfect to prepare for your next manicure). Soaking also helps to soften any callouses you may have, making it easier for you to pumice and smooth them out.
DIY Nail Soak Recipes
You read correctly. Olive oil is not only good for cooking, it can act as a fantastic natural nail strengthener. Simply add a teaspoon of olive oil to a bowl of warm water and mix around so the oil is combined in the water (and not sitting on the top). Soak each hand for ten minutes and pat dry after each soak. The olive oil helps to relax the skin so it can easily absorb the water and re hydrate.
Lavender and Baking Soda Soak
Mix in 3 drops of Lavender pure essential oil, a tea spoon of glycerin oil and a tablespoon of baking soda into a bowl of warm water. Gently stir the ingredients until combined. Allow your hands to soak in the mixture for 15 minutes and pat dry afterwards. This recipe is great for softening dry and flaky skin for chapped hands with the baking soda. Then the oil and Lavender essential oil helps to penetrate the skin to deeply moisturize the nails and hands.
Egg, Milk and Honey
This one may sound a bit strange, but members from the Body Bedazzle community swear by this recipe. Combine 2 egg yolks, a quarter cup of milk (full fat) and a table spoon of honey. Fully combine all ingredients and soak your nails in the mixture for ten to fifteen minutes.
The milk and honey helps to soften your nails to allow the protein from the eggs to be absorbed and strengthen those nails.
This recipe actually works best for those that suffer from weak and brittle nails.
Next time you go to the supermarket to pick up some orange juice, pick up a little bit extra for your next Do It Yourself Nail soak!
Simply pour a cup of naturally squeezed orange juice into a bowl and rest your hands in there for 15 minutes. The folic acid in the orange juice will help to promote nail growth with stronger and healthier looking nails.
We recommend trying to source a juice that is as natural as possible. Basically the less chemicals the better. Or you could take it one step further and go completely organic. Go buy some fresh oranges and squeeze your very own nail soak! Nothing beats the original stuff.
Other Ways to Strengthen Your Nails
Other than Do It Yourself Soaks, there are other ways to strengthen your nails. Let’s explore some of the best ways to protect those nails of yours.
Drink Lots of Water
Have you even heard of hydrating from within? This is a perfect example where you can give your body a boost and setting it up for success. By drinking two to three liters of water a day will ensure your body has enough to maintain it can sustain all the important functions – including making sure your skin and nails are properly hydrated.
Protect – Protect – Protect
Sometimes the best thing to do is start with prevention and protection. Although it sounds counter-intuitive to the above tip (drinking lots of water), try to limit your hands and nails to exposure to water and harsh chemicals. You can achieve this by wearing gloves and using instruments to perform tasks that you would normally use your hands for.
Sometimes bigger is not better
Unfortunately this one is not a joke. Maintaining shorter nails is actually better for the health of your nails. The reason is because keeping your nails shorter, reduces the risk of cracking and splitting of the nail. When a nail cracks, it makes the nail vulnerable to infections and bacteria entering the nails and finger.
The good news is that once you have strengthened your nails with a good and regular maintenance routine, your nails will be stronger. Meaning you can grow them longer without the risk of cracking and splitting.
So there you have it – three of our top four recipes for stronger, healthier looking nails. Each of these recipes use everyday ingredients that can be found around the house. What is even better is that none of the ingredients are expensive or hard to find, therefore any one can use these recipes in their very own home.
Have you tried any of the recipes included in this article? Or do you have your own DIY nail soak recipe? Let us and the Body Bedazzle community know by leaving a comment below. And don’t forget to share these recipes with your friends and families by hitting the share icons.