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Olive Oil to Treat Dry, Brittle Toenails

author image Amy Davidson
Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.
Olive Oil to Treat Dry, Brittle Toenails
Get toenails ready for the sun with an easy olive oil treatment. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

With the onslaught of warm weather come sandals, flip-flops and barefoot beach days. Dry, brittle toenails are an embarrassing sight that can make you shy away from showing your toes. With the help of a little olive oil straight from the cupboard, you can get your toenails looking healthy.

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Step 1

If you have any nail lacquer on your toes -- even clear polish -- use the cotton balls and nail polish remover to take it off. Trim toenails and clean any dirt underneath them.

Step 2

Wash feet with antibacterial soap. Removing bacteria, sweat and grime is important in helping to prevent fungus and infection. Dry your feet thoroughly with the towel.

Step 3

Fill the dropper with olive oil and drip three to four drops onto the nail of your big toe at the bed, the tissue area around the perimeter of the nail. Massage the oil lightly into the nail and cuticles. Repeat on your other big toe, then on your smaller toes using a drop or two of oil.

Step 4

Before putting on socks or shoes, let feet sit for 10 minutes so that the oil can fully absorb into the nail beds. Repeat the previous steps daily.

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