My long, narrow nail beds are a feature about myself I like, and I love the look of slightly longer fingernails. Unfortunately for me, for as long as I can remember I have always had weak nails. They’re flimsy, they peel sometimes, and they always split or break when they get to the length I like. I wanted to whip up a naturally strengthening nail oil that would help condition my fingernails and improve their health and durability. Using just three ingredients, here is the Strengthening Nail Oil DIY for weak fingernails.
Strengthening Nail Oil
1 tsp castor oil
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp lemon juice
Combine all ingredients into a lidded container – tinted is ideal.
Store in a cool, dry, dark location.
To use, massage a drop or two of oil into each of the cuticles and nail bed.
Repeat anywhere from once a day to once a week.
Shake before each use.
Similarly to how castor oil works wonders for hair, it is also great for fingernails. The ricinoleic acid stimulates circulation which increases growth, and it naturally contains nourishing vitamin E. While some people use olive oil on their face and body as well, I find it too oily for me. However, just this small amount on my nail beds is great. Keeping the cuticles and nail beds moisturized will prevent the nails from being too dry. The lemon juice removes any tint of yellow or staining on your nails keeping them bright and healthy looking. I’ve been using the oil once every day or so for a couple weeks now, and I have really noticed a difference in their strength.
There are many other factors to having healthy, strong nails as well. Your diet comes into play as well as different activities you may participate in such as sports, gardening, or cleaning. Additionally, the use of nail polishes or nail hardeners can actually compromise the nail and make them more brittle in the long run. Eating a nutritious diet, protecting your hands during strenuous activities, and limiting exposure to harmful ingredients will all improve the health and appearance of your fingernails as well.
In other news, I debuted my hashtag #heartfulhabits on Instagram, and I’m inviting you and everyone else to use it with me so we can all connect. Heartful Habits is all about living mindfully and heartfully – beauty DIYs, green cleaners, natural remedies, mental health and wellness tips, ethical consumerism, healthy recipes, and more. When you post about anything like this, use this hashtag so we can build a heartful community and support one another with likes, comments, reposts, and meaningful conversation. I can’t wait to see what you’re up to!
How are you fingernails? How do you keep them healthy and strong?