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    I do a lot of hand quilting in cooler weather and my nails are splitting again. I don't mean the ridges on the nails -- my doc told me yars ago that it meant getting older. I was not amused.

    My nails split in layers which means that I have to keep them really short. Does anyone have any ideas -- I use hand lotions, etc. Perhaps there is one I haven't tried.

    I found one in NZ that worked but haven't been able to find any here in the US

    Thanks -- Mim

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    If your nails are splitting in layers, it sounds more like they aren't healthy to start with. Talk with your doctor. Maybe you aren't getting enough calcium? Please don't start taking calcium without talking to a doctor because most people need less as they age. You could be deficient in other nutrients, as well.

    They sell nail strengtheners that you apply like a clear nail polish that help. They are found at most drugstores with the nail polish.

    In the meantime, slather them with lotion every time you walk by a bottle. It can't hurt.

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    Maybe a good cuticule cream or oil would help. I have bad cuticles and always use a drop of almond oil on them at night before the bedtime hand cream. You could prob use olive oil too.

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    Ypur nail are keratin. The condition of yur nails will tell a doctor the condition of your health. My Doctor told me to buff my nails 3 times a day. I bought a revlon nail buffer and carried in my bag. I buffed and buffed for a long time. I was a nailbiter years ago. Now I can use my thumb nails as a screw driver. Buff-buff-buff ladies.The action brings blood to your nailbeds and feeds them.

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    i had soft nails and was told to soak them in salt water for 10 min a day i also use my thumb nails for screwdrivers etc

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    Have you had your thyroid checked? My thyroid was always in the normal range but I found out it wasn't normal for me. It took a good Dr. to figure out I needed to take Synthroid to see if that helped my cold feet, cold hands, thinning hair, dry skin, always tired, weight gain, and general feeling not so great but not sick. My nails started to grow and be strong. It won't hurt to find out if your thyroid is in the low normal range. Ask your Dr. Most Drs. are now aware that 9 out of 10 women have thyroid issues.

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    You also probably need to drink more water. . . 6-8 glasses per day. Dehydration can cause damage to nails, hair, and our entire body.

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    You could also try adding protein to your diet. Gelatin is a good source of protein and Knox makes a gelatin drink mix, or used to, that would help with nails. And also hair.

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    What BellaBoo said. Have your thyroid checked.

    In the meantime try Sally Hansen Vitamin E Moisturizing Nail & Cuticle Oil. Massage your nails well just before going to bed.

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    What great info on this subject....thanks ladies!

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    I've had that problem for years. I use Gold Bond hand lotion BUT I use HOOF, a bamboo based nail strengthener and I now have to clip my nails back (and file). I found it at Walmart. True, DO have your doctor do a full blood workup, and if there's nothing in that, then find some HOOF. It's similar to a clear base polish.

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    Gelatin is actually NOT a good source of protein. Common myth easily dispelled by reading the nutrition label.

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    Walmart sells a vitamin for Hair, Nails, & Skin. It's been working for me & I'm 67. It has Biotin.

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    The thing that cured my nails of splitting like that was a product called ProStrong I get at QVC. I just use the strengthener, not any of the other products. It lasts a long time. I am "elderly" so have that nail problem, and hypothyroid, on drugs for years, but all the creams I tried didn't help, just the ProStrong. I keep a supply on hand. It paints on like water - use twice a day.

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    Have you ever considered taking fish oil as a supplement? Helps with my nails and dry eye. It's also good for the heart (omega 3).

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    I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil......in place of any kind of lotions.....none seem to do the job and I have wasted tons of money on useless products. I wash my hands well in fairly hot water to open the pores.....then message the EVOO into my skin..... it absorbs very well and not at all greasy. Just wait a few minutes after applying. Helps to eliminate those painful hangnails also.

    I happened upon this by accident..... My hubby is bedridden and his skin is sewwwwwwwwww dang dry and nothing helped to eliminate the the extreme dryness.... so I went on a mission to find SOMETHING that would help. Since olive oil is the only oil I use to cook with.....and I love the stuff..... I said to myself....... just maybe if it is sewwwww good for ones health...why not the skin. WELLLLLL it worked wonders on my hubby...... and no more scaly dry, dry skin. No chemicals to harm you with either. All NATURAL!

    BTW........ I've always had very dry skin ...I now save a fortune on useless face creams also........ and my skin is as soft as a babies b--- :) and has a very healthy glow to it....even though it does show signs of wear and tear. :( Such is life..... I earned every single wrinkle and not ashamed of any one of them. :)

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    I'm on it now. (Was this for me?) if not sorry!!

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    Eat more jello, worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mim
    I do a lot of hand quilting in cooler weather and my nails are splitting again. I don't mean the ridges on the nails -- my doc told me yars ago that it meant getting older. I was not amused.

    My nails split in layers which means that I have to keep them really short. Does anyone have any ideas -- I use hand lotions, etc. Perhaps there is one I haven't tried.

    I found one in NZ that worked but haven't been able to find any here in the US
    Thanks -- Mim
    Hi Mim, My nails always have done this when I was a teen,young woman, middle aged. Then when I went thru. the CHANGE,Doc told me to use Calcium with vit. D. Been using it since I was in my late 50's. I am now 66. I really didn't notice my nails because like you I kept them cut short. They would just peel,sometimes on one corner, or middle. I could take my nail from opposite hand and peel the nail up.
    Just before I moved to Ga. in 2005, Had been running from Hurricane Jeanne. I am a south FL. Transplant. I noticed my nails had grown LONG!!!! and they were hard. My nails havent peel off since then. I can let them grow long now but don't because they get in my way, not used to haveing them long. But anyways I do really believe it is the calcium and the vit. D is a necessity for the body to obsorb the calcium. I use Caltrate.
    Now My nails are just long enough to see the white nail and that is the length I usually keep them. A lady that does manicures told me every night when I shower or Bath to use opposite thumb nail to push cuticles off nail bed. Hot water makes them soft and your thumb nail makes the best cuticle pusher there is. It Works no painful cuticles.
    Good luck BillsBonBon

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    For dry cuticles, I use Carmex - yep the stuff we use on our lips. If my hands get really dry, I'll use it there, too. It usually solves the problem in one or two applications.

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    Found this on line:
    "The cuticles will peel, split and bleed when they lack moisture and oil. Having ones hands in water a lot, using household cleaning solutions without wearing gloves, adn working with paper and textiles a lot will wick the natural oils and moisture form the delicate tissues and from the nail plate. Lotions do not contain the needed amounts of essential oils to correct the problem and can only treat the immediate surface skin - the portion you can touch.

    Go to Sally Beauty Supply and get a nail and cuticle oil called Botanical Oil. It contains jojoba oil, vitamin E and other essential conditioning and moisturizing oils. Apply several times a day and massage into the skin and nails. You should see an improvement within a few days, and a marked improvement within a couple of weeks.

    Read more at http://www.healthboards.com/boards/a...ktrack=kcplink"

    I use "surgeons secret", i got it on QVC. they sell it at stores now.
    But the olive oil sounds like the way to go. in the winter i sometimes wear the white gloves you get at CVS or Walgreens. i do the same thing with my feet..and put the lotion on first
    Drink plenty of water..the winter is rough on our skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mim
    I do a lot of hand quilting in cooler weather and my nails are splitting again. I don't mean the ridges on the nails -- my doc told me yars ago that it meant getting older. I was not amused.

    My nails split in layers which means that I have to keep them really short. Does anyone have any ideas -- I use hand lotions, etc. Perhaps there is one I haven't tried.

    I found one in NZ that worked but haven't been able to find any here in the US

    Thanks -- Mim
    Mine do the same thing...went to the Dr about something else and happened to mention my nails. The fabric absorbs moisture and the oils from our skin while we quilt, therefore dries out our skin and nails causing our nails to "shale" and our fingers to crack. What he recommended a was soak, you know, the home manicure parifain wax thing. Anyway, believe it or not, it actually works. My fingers only crack and nails shale now if I'm quilting for 3 or 4 straight days, 8-9 hrs a day and I haven't taken the time to do the wax treatment.
    When we go to quilt shows, they don't want us to touch the quilts with our bare hands, and give us gloves, so naturally we have to think of this in reverse...the fabric absorbs the oils and moisture from our skin.

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    I have the same problem just from working with fabric and doing household chores. My girlfriend recommended a product sold at some salons called "Dabby". It is out of Florida and you can find it online, just google Dabby but they only sell it wholesale. If used daily it works better than anything. Hope this helps, it has helped me. Also, lots of good lotion with "lanolin".

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterella
    Quote Originally Posted by mim
    I do a lot of hand quilting in cooler weather and my nails are splitting again. I don't mean the ridges on the nails -- my doc told me yars ago that it meant getting older. I was not amused.

    My nails split in layers which means that I have to keep them really short. Does anyone have any ideas -- I use hand lotions, etc. Perhaps there is one I haven't tried.

    I found one in NZ that worked but haven't been able to find any here in the US

    Thanks -- Mim
    Mine do the same thing...went to the Dr about something else and happened to mention my nails. The fabric absorbs moisture and the oils from our skin while we quilt, therefore dries out our skin and nails causing our nails to "shale" and our fingers to crack. What he recommended a was soak, you know, the home manicure parifain wax thing. Anyway, believe it or not, it actually works. My fingers only crack and nails shale now if I'm quilting for 3 or 4 straight days, 8-9 hrs a day and I haven't taken the time to do the wax treatment.
    When we go to quilt shows, they don't want us to touch the quilts with our bare hands, and give us gloves, so naturally we have to think of this in reverse...the fabric absorbs the oils and moisture from our skin.
    my carpet cleaning guy told me, you should never walk barefoot on your carpet, for just this reason..the oils in your feet, come off onto the carpet..i wear my husbands white work socks all the time..

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    Mine do that too and my daughter, the soon to be Nail Tech, says it is a deficiency of minerals. She uses oils for her clients. Take mineral or baby oil and fragrance with peppermint or other stuff and enjoy.

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