If you're concerned about your nails becoming dry and brittle during the transition into menopause, it's time to take matters into your own hands. The good news is that there's no need to pay out for expensive manicures every two weeks to get the beautiful nails you want. All you need is time, patience and tools to do it yourself. The following six tips will help you to prevent your nails from breaking and cracking during menopause.
Base Coat + Nail Polish + Top Coat
Always use a base coat to strengthen your nails before adding color. Try to avoid falling into the trap of all-in-one nail polishes that promise a base coat, color and top coat in one. They don't tend to last as long and won't have the same strengthening qualities that can be found when applying three coats.
Hand Cream or Lotion
Just like your skin, you should moisturize your nails as much as possible because brittle nails are most commonly caused by a lack of hydration. Try to get into the habit of following up nail varnish removal with the application of a nourishing moisturizer to the hands. Massage it into the nails and cuticles as and when required.
Try not to use nail polish remover more than once a week. If you are a frequent user try to find some acetone-free removers: Acetone can dry nails out and encourage them to become even more brittle.
Crystal Nail File
Throw out your metal files and emery boards, and replace them with a crystal file. Unlike traditional nail files, crystal files are gentle on your nail tips. You can file away length or simply shape the nail without creating the tiny tears in your nails edges that can feel uncomfortable and become a breeding ground for dirt and bacteria.
Make sure you trim your nails at least once a week. Keeping them short and manicured will help you to avoid excessive chipping or accidental breaking.
Maintaining healthy cuticles will help keep your nail bed healthy and lessen the likelihood of infections. Cuticle trimmers are also great for clipping hangnails and the occasional cuticle overgrowth. The added bonus of cuticle trimmer use is that it can discourage you from biting your nails!
More Information about Brittle Nails
Brittle nails during menopause are often caused by a joint lack of hydration and fluctuations in estrogen - a reproductive hormone that also regulates water distribution in the body -. Click the following link to find out how to deal with brittle nails.