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Generally, hands age at a much faster rate than the other parts of the body. Our hands are always in contact with the elements, household chemicals and extreme temperatures causing sun damage, dryness, chapped skin and age spots, yet our mitts are often left off the list when it comes to pampering.

Give your hands attention means more than rubbing a bit of hand cream in when you remember. Give your hands a mini ‘facial’ and manicure once a week. Gently rub an exfoliater on your hands and then soak them in warm milk. Pat dry then apply an oil to nourish them, using a hand cream to seal the oil in. We lose moisture from our hands every time they come into contact with water so get into the habit of applying hand cream throughout the day. Have some lotion by the sink or by your computer at work, and reapply two to three times a day – when you come back from the bathroom, or after washing up or eating.

As pictures of Madonna show, you may have the body and face of someone ten years younger, but neglected hands are a dead age giveaway. We look at ways to keep your mitts in marvellous shape.

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Of all the symptoms of menopause, cosmetic changes can at times be the hardest to deal with, robbing a woman of her sense of femininity and individuality. Unfortunately during this time period, many women suffer from brittle nails, which occur naturally with age and hormonal changes.

When the body is healthy, a woman’s nails will  grow  with  uniformity  and strength. However, if nails are brittle, cracked, or there are changes in color, this can be an indication of imbalance that is throwing off keratin production.

Hormonal Causes

While changes in nail appearance such as brittle nails can occur for a variety of reasons, the most likely cause for women of menopausal age is hormone fluctuation, particularly estrogen. One of the fundamental causes of weak or brittle nails is dehydration or lack of moisture in the body. Estrogen plays a key role in body water regulation, and water retention. When a woman’s body contains higher levels of estrogen, her overall body water levels will be higher as well, and correspondingly, when her estrogen levels are lower, this can lead to dehydration which manifests itself in such signs as dry, cracked, brittle nails.

In addition to hormonal causes, dietary issues and certain diseases can have an effect on nail growth. Certain nutrients such as Vitamin C, calcium, folic acid, protein, iron and fat all help to build strong healthy nails. Stress and anxiety can also slow nail growth and lead to weak or brittle nails. Fortunately, nail health is relatively  easy  to  build. Read

Treatment for Brittle Nails

To banish the specter of brittle nails, it is best to use a tiered approach of treatment. Due to the fact that nail health in menopausal women involves both nutritional deficiencies as well as hormonal changes, there are two levels that the issue can be addressed. It is generally recommended that women begin with the least invasive option, which would be lifestyle changes, which will make going to get a manicure a possibility once again.

Lifestyle changes can be difficult to implement all at once for a busy woman, however. The most effective approach, as brittle nails in menopausal women is primarily caused by fluctuating levels of estrogen that leads to dehydration, is to treat the problem directly at the hormonal source. A variety of natural and alternative remedies exist that are ableto address this imbalance. A combination of lifestyle changes and natural remedies is the most effective and safest way to battle brittle nails. 34 menopause Symptoms

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-Nails grow faster in the summer than winter.

-Nails grow approximately .1mm per day, or 1/10th of an inch per month.

-Nails on your dominant hand grow faster.

-Health conditions can affect the appearance and growth of nail.

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That is why exposure to water during cleaning, dishwashing, bathing the kids or swimming will cause chapping of your nails and damaged nails can take as long as 9 months to grow out from cuticle to the tip.

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Did you know that nails are one of the last parts of our body to receive blood and nutrients during times of illness. Therefore, nail appearance is a signal of vitamin or mineral deficiency or body changes. But that is not the whole story, and nail care is also very important.

Our nails are colorless and transparent. Healthy nails would usually appear pink because of the abundance of blood vessels under the skin. The nail’s tissue is called the matrix and the white moon-like lunula is at the top of the matrix. Below that is the nail bed, where the nail attaches to the body. The cuticle grows down over the nail bed and forms a watertight seal that protects the matrix against infection or foreign objects. Watch out for manicures or pedicures that cut away the cuticle because by doing so they increase the chance of getting a nail infection.

Natural estheticians do not use chemical nail hardeners or conditioners as part of their repertoire. These products do not stimulate growth or strength. They contain clear nail polish, which must be removed with damaging solvents. The solvents strip away the nail’s natural moisture. Before you know it, the nail’s keratin, or protein, is damaged and your nails peel and chip. Natural treatments include using aloe vera for its healing properties, in combination with oils such as primrose, camellia or almond as emollients. Fruit acids are added to soften the cuticles, allowing them to be pushed back.

A diet made up of fruits and vegetables to ensure vitamin and mineral absorption is beneficial for you and your nails. It should also incorporate whole grains, nuts and foods that are high in iron and protein. Drinking fresh-squeezed carrot juice daily will provide a first-rate source of calcium and phosphorus needed to strengthen your nails. Silica is necessary for the formation of strong healthy nails. It can be obtained by brewing up a cup of herbal horsetail and oat straw tea, or from a colloidal silicea supplement. Horsetail also is high in the amino acid L-cysteine. This amino acid is additionally found in the herb coltsfoot and contains sulfur, which is required in skin and nail growth.

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1. Avoid clipping your nails. Instead, file them at a 45 degree angle.

2. The best time to file nails is immediately after a bath. Nails are much softer then.

3. Never file feed into the corners of your fingers. Do it from corner to the center.

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From weak, brittle nails to nails with ridges and dents — there is a natural treatment to remedy your nails back to good health. There are many natural remedies and supplements, which can be helpful for you to givenatural nail care.

Vitamin A: If your nails become dry and brittle then it is a sign for deficiency of vitamin-Ain your body. If vitamin A is lacking in your body, then it can slow down the growth of your nails. Whenever you notice that your nails are becoming brittle and dry, then increase the intake of vitamin A in your regular diet. Garlic, parsley, watercress and papaya are some of the foods which are rich in vitamin A.

Calcium: As every one know, calcium is very important for our body to maintain healthy and strong cartilages. Your nails also need adequate amounts of calcium to grow healthier and this calcium also provides a good natural nail care for you.

Vitamin B: This vitamin is very essential for your natural nail care. Deficiency of vitamin Bcan make your nails to become more fragile with horizontal and vertical ridges. Foods like fenugreek, dandelion, kelp and parsley are rich sources for vitamin B.

Folic acid: It is also an essential protein for your nails and provides a better natural nail care by maintaining flexibility and strength for your nails. Folic acid can be mainly found in spinach leaves, citrus fruits, broccoli, berries, whole grains and also legumes and kale.

Silicon: It is very essential to promote firmness and strength for your nails. You can find rich silicon contents in onions, avocados, whole wheat, comfrey, oats, strawberries, alfalfa, rice and nettle.

Biotin: It mainly helps in natural nail care by increasing the hard and thick growth of your nails. Eggs, brown rice, brewer’s yeast, fish, soya bean and oats are rich sources for biotin.

Fatty acids: These essential fatty acids are more useful in making your nails glossier and flexible. Evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, salmon and black current oil are rich sources for fatty acids.

Do not forget the dietary requirements contributing to the health of your nails. Drink lots of water and add foods that are rich in calcium, Vitamins, zinc, sulfur, silicon and biotin. Brewer’s yeast, broccoli, fish, soy and whole grains can be very good for strengthening your nails and giving them a healthy glow.

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Vertical nail ridges, which run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail, are fairly common. These ridges typically become more prominent with age. Vertical ridging doesn’t indicate serious illness.

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