It's one of beauty's most common (and annoying) dilemmas - weak, brittle nails. There are many things that can make your talons prone to breaking, including over-painting, acrylics and cold weather. With winter around the corner you might find your nails are weaker than usual, even if you haven't been struggling with brittleness throughout the summer. Luckily there are plenty of ways you can tackle the problem from the inside and out.
One simple solution is to give your nails time to recover. If you have flaky talons it can be tempting to cover them up with a couple of layers of polish - but this is actually only making the problem worse. Instead, remove all nail varnish and slather your hands in moisturizer every night before bed for a week. Once the seven days are up, you should notice a real difference in the strength and appearance of your nails. When removing nail varnish it's also important to reach for an acetone-free product, which will be much kinder to skin and nails.
Luckily tackling tricky nails doesn't have to be an expensive part of your beauty routine. There are plenty of things you'll already have at home that will do the trick. Moisturization is key, with petroleum jelly being one of the most effective products. Simply cover nails with a thick layer of Vaseline before bed and then cover hands with gloves. A weekly olive oil soak can also make a world of difference. Warm some olive oil in a shallow bowl and then let the tips of your fingers soak for around 15 minutes. It's a mini spa treatment at home at no cost and will give your dry nails an instant moisture hit.
If you're happy to splash the cash there are of course plenty of products you can invest in that will specifically target brittle nails. Nail Magic Nail Treatment and Conditioner promises to strengthen and condition and is easily painted on like varnish. Nail Tek's Restore Damaged Nail Kit is also a real lifesaver for nails that seem beyond repair.
If you'd rather start from the inside out, there are also things you can take and eat to keep nails in tip-top condition. Greek yoghurt is meant to keep nails from chipping, while spinach and chili are also said to be super ingredients. It's also worth checking in at your local health food store and asking about skin, hair and nail supplements.