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Emu oil and brittle nails

Brittle nails


Why do nails break?

Nail plates are composed of a horn-like envelope that is made of a tough protective protein called keratin. When nails break during a minor trauma, there is a problem with keratinisation. Issues with keratinisation can be caused by deficiencies in zinc, iron, vitamin A or b, silicon or protein.


People who wash their hands several times a day, such as nurses, cooks and hairdressers, often have brittle nails. Excessively using detergents and dieting can also cause nails to break.


Other factors can contribute to fragile nails:

  • Old age
  • Excessive cold or heat
  • UV rays
  • Genes
  • Dermatoses (skin diseases, such as psoriasis, etc.)
  • Manicures


How can I make my nails less brittle?

Eating a healthy and balanced diet, with which you’ll get all the nutrients you need is the first step in preventing brittle nails. Canada’s Food Guide is a great resource to find out exactly what you should eat to maintain your health. Your doctor or pharmacist can recommend various supplements, such as multivitamins, that can be beneficial as well. You can also take the following important measures to help keep your nails healthy:

  • Show them some love! Avoid biting your nails and don’t use them to scratch yourself or things.
  • Protect them! Wear gloves when you garden and wash the dishes. Be sure to apply a moisturizing cream or oil on your nails; make sure it penetrates well
  • Prevention is key: file your nails as soon as you notice a nick or partial break in them. This will avoid them breaking completely. Don’t use nail hardeners; they will only aggravate the problem.


Emu oil is an excellent moisturizer for nails

Because emu oil has exceptional moisturizing properties, it can hydrate and improve the suppleness of your nails. It can also make your nails more resistant. To reap the maximum benefits, emu oil should be applied directly on your nails morning and night—or as frequently as needed. If you like your manicures, apply emu oil a few minutes before your nail polish. Finally, don’t forget to apply emu oil on the skin that surrounds your nails; the oil well help hydrate, protect and regenerate it, too!


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Brittle nails


Sources, excluding the last paragraph:
Canal Vie, La Roche Posay, Santé Guérir


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On Monday 3 February 2014 at 10:58 carole mallet say's:

Est-ce que l'huile d'émeu peut aider à faire disparaître la mycose des ongles d'orteils (champignons)? Est-ce que l'huile d'émeu peut aider à avoir de beaux ongles (mains) en santé?


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