5 Tips for Stronger, Healthier Nails

As we gracefully age, our bodies undergo numerous changes, and our nails are no exception. It's not uncommon for us older ladies to experience issues like splitting, cracking, and breaking nails.

But why does this happen, and what can we do about it?

The Why

1. Natural Aging Process

With age, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, a protein that provides structure and strength to our nails. This decrease in collagen can lead to thinner, more brittle nails that are prone to splitting and breaking.

2. Hormonal Changes

Hormonal fluctuations, particularly during menopause, can have a significant impact on nail health. Changes in estrogen levels can result in decreased moisture retention and reduced nail strength, making nails more susceptible to damage.

3. Nutritional Deficiencies

A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients is vital for maintaining healthy nails. Older women may be more prone to nutritional deficiencies, such as insufficient intake of biotin, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial for nail strength and resilience.

4. Nail Care Habits

Years of exposure to environmental stressors, such as frequent hand washing, exposure to harsh chemicals, and repetitive movements, can take a toll on nail health over time. Additionally, habits like biting or picking at nails can exacerbate nail issues.

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5 Tips for Healthier Nails

Now that we understand the common causes of splitting, cracking, and breaking nails, let's explore some practical tips to help address these concerns and promote optimal nail health:

1. Stay Hydrated

Just like our skin, nails need hydration too! Make sure you're drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your nails hydrated from the inside out.

2. Eat a Balanced Diet

Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can do wonders for your nails. Foods like fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help strengthen your nails and prevent them from breaking.

3. Limit Use of Gel and Acrylic Nails

While gel and acrylic nails may provide a polished look, frequent use can weaken the natural nail bed. Consider giving your nails a break from these treatments to allow them to recover and strengthen.

4. Keep Nails Moisturized

Moisturizing your nails and cuticles is key to keeping them healthy and strong. Look for a nourishing cuticle oil or hand cream and use it daily to keep your nails hydrated and prevent splitting.

5. Protect Your Nails

If you're constantly exposing your nails to water, chemicals, or rough surfaces, they're more likely to become weak and brittle. Wear gloves when doing chores or gardening to protect your nails from damage.


By paying a little extra attention to your nail care routine and making sure you're giving your nails the love and hydration they need, you can help prevent splitting, cracking, and breaking, and keep your nails looking fabulous!

Thanks Carole Z. for your question! I hope this helps.

Warmest regards,


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