Since your fingernails are a living tissue, injuries and stresses can manifest itself by weak and thin nails which may lead to premature breaking and tearing.
Since its introduction, many have reported Tin Peptide Nail Renewal effectively strengthens and thickens nails. In Skin Biology's clinical studies good success with using tin peptides on both hair and nails has been reported.
Directions: Once or twice daily apply a light amount on your nail bed and cuticle. Apply after applying finger nail polish. Apply after using a finger nail polish remover which will help to heal the skin and cuticles from the damage caused by the finger nail polish remover.
Hints For Stronger, Healthier Nails
1. Avoid prolonged wetting and drying of the fingernails. Nails are strongest when slightly acidic. Avoid exposing your nails to harsh chemicals and alkaline conditions.
2. Use your hands or finger pads to do simple chores rather than your nails. Avoid picking up objects when your fingertips may strike a hard surface - instead slide the object off the side into your hand.
3. Use a pencil to dial a phone, never your finger tips. Use a letter opener, not your fingernail, to open envelopes and packages.
4. Dig your nails into a bar of soap before gardening. This will help prevent dirt from getting under the nails.
5. Always wear rubber gloves when doing dishes or other "tough on the nails" jobs. Wear regular gloves during cold weather or when doing chores which may injure the nail tips.
6. Manicure your nails regularly since a smooth nail will tear and split less.
7. Shape and file your nails with a very fine file. Round the tips in a gentle curve. If you have snags or irregularities, file them daily to prevent further breakage or splitting.
8. Never use metal instruments to push back the cuticle. The metal scrapes away the protective cells of the nail surface.
9. If your nails are "buffed," always do this in the same direction as the nail grows and never in a "back and forth" motion which can cause nail splitting.
10. If you have severe breakage or tearing problems, nail polish can protect the nail surface. Nail polishes containing nylon fibers can add strength and protection to fragile nails.
11. If your natural nails are fairly long and strong, but tend to break off at a certain length, you may be helped by having a fiberglass overlay applied to them. In this procedure a light layer of fiberglass is brushed over the natural nail. This coating creates a stronger, better protected nail which is less prone to breakage. Fiberglass overlays require re-doing about every two weeks.
12. Use nail polish remover as infrequently as possible since it dries and damages the nails.
13. Daily biotin (2.5 mg a day) may help your nails, but do not add biotin if you are pregnant.
14. Some people feel that one pack of Knox gelatin a day helps their nail health.
Ingredients: Purified water, tin peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein and stannous chloride), ethylhexyl palmitate, squalane, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, stearic acid, polysorbate 80, stannous chloride, glycerine, phenoxyethanol, C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters, allantoin, fragrance (pumpkin pie and french lavender), glycine, leucine, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice (aloe vera) gel, retinyl palmitate, lycopene, tocophersolan (vitamin E), mixed (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) tocopherols, mixed (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) tocotrienols, ubiquinone (coenzyme Q-10), xanthophyll (lutein), and astaxanthin.