I’ve had a lot of questions about how to strengthen your nails and I typically always say to try a collagen supplement. It’s certainly helped my nails (and hair and skin) but lately I have a few nails that are peeling so I started doing more research to see if there was anything else that might help. Turns out, Myrrh Essential Oil is known to help strengthen and grow nails! I have used Myrrh with great success HERE when I experience severely dry skin so it makes sense that it could be helpful to nails and cuticles.
So what causes brittle nails? Often it’s a vitamin and mineral deficiency which is why collagen is a good idea as is a biotin supplement.
Gel nails are super popular at the moment and while they seem to be less destructive then other types of artificial nails, they still cause quite a bit of damage to the nails. Even gel polishes that can be bought at the grocery store are said to cause damage. Using acetone nail polish remover can also weaken nails.
DIY Nail Strengthening Serum:
*This is what I call an eyeball recipe. Instead of measuring ingredients out, it’s just easier to eyeball it.*
- Combine all ingredients in roll on bottle and shake! Super simple-super effective!
You might be wondering how oils can help strengthen your nails. Well, on the simplest level, brittle nails are most likely dry. Oils can rejuvenate your nails and the skin around them. I chose jojoba oil because it is highly nourishing and is easily absorbed into the deepest levels of the nail bed. I have heard it can also help repair damaged collagen in the nail. I chose Vitamin E because it is extremely helpful with moisturizing and is antioxidant rich.
I chose Myrrh, Lemon, Lavender and Frankincense because they all work to strengthen, nourish and even encourage growth in the nails. I believe that lemon can help with discolored nails as well. Frankincense will intensify the duties of the other oils while helping them penetrate deeper for more evident results.
How to Use:
- Remove nail polish.
- Wash hands.
- Roll on a thin layer of serum before bed.
- Massage into the nail and cuticles.
- Allow to penetrate into the skin.
I’ve been using this serum for a while and have been happy to have my strong nails back. I have much less splitting. However, it’s hard for me to commit to not wearing nail polish so if your nails are really brittle and bothersome, I would stay clear of any polishes and use this serum daily for at least 3 weeks.