Brittle (or scaly) nails are a common problem that appear for various reasons.  Find out what your treatment is like and learn about an effective natural cucumber remedy.

The nails become one of the parts of the hands that women tend to take care of the most, since they are characterized by being an authentic symbol of expression for many women. But they are also indicative of how healthy we are.

Why? Fundamentally because the good health of our nails depends on the health of our body in general, which means that having scaly nails or brittle nails can be a symptom -or indicative- of a disease, disorder or nutritional deficiency, or an alteration in the organism.

Also following a poor diet, especially when there are nutritional deficiencies of vitamins and minerals, usually causes not only health problems, but also problems in our nails, especially brittle, fragile and scaly nails appearing. Although it is a problem that can also be caused by other circumstances.

What are brittle and scaly nails?

It is the tendency of the nails to break, fracture or break very easily. That is, they are weak nails that tend to break easily and quickly.

What are the causes of brittle nails?

There are different causes that can cause us to have brittle nails. The most common and usual are the following:

  • Traumatic processes.
  • Microbial or fungal infections.
  • Use of chemical products (alkaline detergents and solvents).
  • Use of aggressive manicure, enamels or hardeners with a high content of formaldehyde.
  • Use of abrasive or poorly formulated nail polish removers.
  • Inadequate diet and nutritional deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.

Brittle nail treatment

The treatment for the problem of brittle nails must go through the treatment itself to solve the disorder or disease that has ultimately caused its appearance.

For example, if the cause has been an inadequate diet or diet, the correct thing is for the specialist to indicate a varied and balanced diet, and recommend the consumption of nutritional supplements to overcome the nutritional deficit.

In case it is due to the use of nail polish removers or manicures to which our nails are sensitive, the key is to change the product.

Natural cucumber treatment for brittle nails

Cucumber is a vegetable that, in addition to benefiting us internally with its properties, is also beneficial in cases of brittle nails. But let’s go by parts. From a nutritional point of view, there is no doubt that it is an extremely healthy food, as it is especially rich in water, vitamins (such as vitamin A, E, B1, B2, B3 and C) and minerals (such as magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium and iron).

But from a more natural beauty point of view, as we already knew in a previous article in which we talked about cucumber for the skin, it is an ideal food because applied to the skin it helps both to rehydrate it and to soften it, giving it back a fresh and smooth texture. In addition, applied on the eyes helps correct dark circles.

However, this time we want to look at the benefits of cucumber for brittle nails, a very common problem that is also known as brittle nails, and which are characterized by breaking easily or opening in the front. Its causes are actually very varied: although it is common for them to appear with aging, being a normal result of the passage of time, they can also arise as a result of injuries, infections and certain diseases (for example thyroid, liver or kidney).

Properties of cucumber for brittle nails

If you suffer from fragile and brittle nails, there is no doubt that cucumber could become your great friend. Why? Very simple: it helps to strengthen the nails and prevent them from breaking easily when they become brittle.

We find this quality above all in its silica content, a mineral that is especially useful for maintaining good nail health, as well as being useful both for bone health and for other tissues in our body.

How to apply cucumber on nails?

To apply the cucumber on our nails we will need to have a blender with which to extract its juice.

Once we have extracted its juice, we put it in a wide container in which we can comfortably submerge the nails to let them soak for a little while each day.

With five minutes a day it will be enough to strengthen the nails.


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