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Not all nail products are found at your beauty supply store. According to the Doctor's Book of Home Remedies, many nail care products can be found in your kitchen cabinets. While good hydration and water is essential for nail care and skin care, cooking with oil is a great moisturizer for your hands and nails. "A regular soaking with vegetable oil is very effective. It replenishes the moisture lost from having your hands in and out of water frequently," says Dr. Herbert Luscombe, M.D., professor emeritus of dermatology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Also, because vegetable oils are mainly all-natural, they don't contain alcohol-enhanced fragrances, which can dry out nails. No need to soak in a bowl of oil, though. Just dab a little on your nails, or use a small manicure brush to brush on the on the oil and then massage it into the nail.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|