FIN­GER FIXES

Women's Health (UK) - - GOOD LOOKS -

Take a holis­tic ap­proach with these nail-boost­ing tweaks and tips

EAT STRONG

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.’

BE IN­GRE­DI­ENT-SAVVY

‘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.’

SANI­TISE SAFELY

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.

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