What to avoid to help with brittle nails
It’s a no smoking zone
Smoking lowers oestrogen levels further, causing dehydration, which could make nails brittle. It also affects your circulation and turns nails yellow.
Don the Marigolds
Hands and water don’t mix. Wear gloves if you’re washing up, or must put your hands in water regularly. Cells absorb water and expand slightly, but then nails dry and contract, making them brittle. After washing, use a hand cream that will moisturise nails, too.
Avoid the Acetone
At least while you’re trying to restore nail health. Nail varnish removers can be very astringent, dehydrating already dehydrated nails, causing them to chip and peel. Why not go the whole hog and give nails a break from varnish and gels?
Avoid cold hands
Skin and nails become thinner and dehydrated during menopause and cold weather makes things worse. Wear gloves to keep hands and nails warm - and moisture in.