What Are Brittle Nails?
Common nail problems include chipping, cracking, breaking, brittle, peeling, splitting, thin, and weak nails. The medical term for this is Onyschoschizia and is more common in women.
Brittle nails are most commonly caused by chemical or environmental challenges, such as repeated wetting and drying of the nails. This is caused by frequent hand washing, dishwashing, and/or swimming. Less frequently, brittle nails can be caused by deficiencies or underlying diseases.
Nails that are overexposed to chemicals, such as cleaners, detergents/soaps, and nail products can also become brittle. Nail polish removers can severely dry out your nails.
Your environment can affect your nail quality. In the low humidity of the winter, where there is dry heat, it is more likely that your nails can experience some of these more common nail problems. Consider using a daily moisturizing lotion that is good for your cuticles, like Cutemol or Moisture-All when in these environments and conditions.