Take a holistic approach with these nail-boosting tweaks and tips
Diet is the place to start if you want healthy nails. Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon), magnesium (almonds), zinc (beans) and iron (steak) are all fortifying foods.
SWERVE THE SUPPLEMENTS
There’s little scientific backing for supps that promise to improve your nails. ‘Plus, you don’t really need them,’ says Dr Friedmann. ‘A healthy diet will provide all the nutrients your nails need.’
‘Look for products containing emollients rich in phospholipids, such as sunflower oil,’ says Dr Stern. ‘Alpha-hydroxy acids have also been shown to improve brittle nails.’
The alcohol found in many hand santisers dries out cuticles. Try an alcohol-free one, such as Bentley Organic Hand Sanitizer (£3.34 for 50ml), for all-natural ingredients.
CONTROL THE TEMP
Next time you take a shower, make sure the temperature isn’t too extreme. Exposure to piping hot or freezing cold water triggers the sudden expansion and contraction of your nails, which can turn small nicks into full-blown tears.