Fix for Fingernail Ridges

HouseHold Magic
April 19, 2011
Bottom Line's Household Magic
Joan Wilen & Lydia Wilen

If you like a nice manicure, you want smooth, healthy nails to make the job look great. Vertical ridges in the nails usually occur from dry nails and happen more often as we age (like everything else). Here’s what to do to reduce those furrows in your fingernails: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice. Cover with wax paper or a microwave-safe dish, and zap it for about 20 seconds—until it’s just warm, not hot. Work the warm solution into the bottom part of each nail (where the nail meets the cuticle). Spend one minute on each fingernail every day. You can refrigerate the leftover solution and microwave it again the next day.

Massaging the oil into the nails will, over time, help smooth the ridges and strengthen the nails. Be patient and consistent—give your nails this gentle massage every day for two weeks. You should start to see smoother nails within that time, but you might want to keep up this warm massage practice not only for your nails’ sake but also for relaxation—it feels really good.

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Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting "cures from the cupboard." They are authors of Bottom Line's Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line's Household Magic. They are authors of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips

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