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:
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:
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!