- An infection that causes nails to thicken, discolor and become ragged and brittle. Visually unappealing but also potentially painful.
- Usual occurs in toenails, when they’re exposed to fungus living in warm, moist environments such as shower floors and swimming pools.
- Not the same condition as athlete’s foot (which infects the skin, not nail).
- May need to see your doctor to determine if a prescription medication is necessary.
- Most likely caused by chemicals found in products such as nail polish remover or detergents found in cleaning agents.
- Other contributors include dry, cold weather and frequent hand washing.
- Switching to all-natural cleaners and wearing gloves while cleaning can help prevent weak nails.
- Hydrate nails and cuticles daily, especially after washing hands (see suggested products on the right).
- Cuticles provide a seal between the fingers and nail. These are sensitive parts of the body that can get dry or damaged easily.
- The use of harsh products combined with frequent hand washing causes the cuticle to split, often resulting in inflammation and hangnails.
Key ingredient to look for
Neem leaf extract has been used for centuries for nail care. Its anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties also help strengthen the keratin proteins found in hair and nails. Neem seed oil has been traditionally used in India to soften hair. It also normalizes oil production and has anti-fungal properties.
Rich in fatty acids, nourishing Camellia seed oil conditions the skin, hair, nails and scalp. The precious oil, which comes from the seeds of the trees used make green tea, soothes, relieves dryness and restores balance.