Nails can become brittle and weak, then start to chip and peel due to many factors from exposure to water via hand washing or sanitizing, gel nail polish removal, habits like nail picking or biting, and more. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 20% of people have brittle nails (they are more likely to occur in woman over 60, but anyone can develop the condition).
Nail strengthening treatments and hand creams can help with brittleness and keep nails looking strong and healthy. Here are your options:
Strengthening varnishes, which leave a shiny, hard coating on nails, enforces tips, making them appear thicker and can protect against damage.
Serum-like strengtheners absorb quickly and typically contain moisturizers to rehydrate dry, brittle nails.
Efficacious hand creams contain humectant ingredients, like urea and lactic acid, emollients such as lanolin, and occlusives like mineral oil and petrolatum, which work in tandem to enhance the hydration of both nails and skin.