A poor diet or dehydration due to the summer heat can cause your nails to become brittle, thus making them prone to cracking. If this happens, try taking a food supplement with vitamins A,D and E. These are good for skin, hair and nails. Also, regularly apply a nourishing hand and nail cream to help keep nails looking and feeling healthy.
If you got extra time and budget, head to a nail salon for a paraffin treatment to help put moisture back into your nails. Aside from the dryness, nails also make excellent indicators for certain health conditions and/or vitamin deficiencies. A good sign of healthy-looking nails should be without the abnormalities mentioned above and should have pinkish flush.
Here are some of the signs of nail problems you have to watch out for:
- White lines or spot – Either sign could mean that your body is deficient of zinc, iron or protein. Although rarely, they could also mean liver, heart or kidney problems (can and must be confirmed by a physician)
- Thin and Flat Nails could mean a deficiency in Vitamin B12
- Visibly ridged nails could be a symptom of iron deficiency
- Brittle and dry nails could mean deficiency in calcium.
- Frequent hangnails may mean a deficiency in Vitamin C or may be a result of using harsh soaps or kitchen detergents when washing
- Yellowish or discolored nails could mean a deficiency in Vitamin B12 or may also signify diabetes, allergies, liver problems, or simply poor health and hygeiene.
- Infected Nails could relate to fungal infections especially when they are dry, itchy and loose or with blisters. You may need to consult a skin doctor or a podiatrist (foot doctor)