Stained Nails or Fingers Remove stains with a drop of lemon juice, or hydrogen peroxide. Rinse the nails well and apply hand cream.
Flaking NailsCutting nails with scissors puts a strain on the nail bed. This can cause the nail layers to split and separate. Keep flaking nails short, buff often, and use a nail hardener and cuticle cream regularly.
Brittle NailsTreat these in the same way as flaking nails. Include lots of foods rich in Vitamin B in your diet for both, e.g. liver and green vegetables. Avoid anything which will dry your nails — wear rubber gloves whenever using water.
White FlecksThese indicate damage to the nail bed under the skin. You may have knocked your nail. Camouflage with nail polish.
Ridges These can be the result of damage to the nail bed, rough treatment, or illness. Ridge fillers are available. Paint on before polish to give nails a smooth surface.
Weak Nails Reinforce with brush-on liquid fibre nail strengtheners, which coat the nail with a crisscross of artificial fibres. Protect your nails and eat a varied diet and you should not have too many problems.