Dry skin is a very common condition. If not attended to it can lead to more serious results such as cracks, fissures and infection. Always hydrate the skin on the feet after a bath or shower. For a more intensive treatment you can apply a thick layer of cream and cotton socks overnight. Simply massage in any excess cream in the morning. Brittle fingernails are a common condition, occurring in about 20 % of people. It occurs more often in women than in men. Brittle nails can be caused by a number of different factors such as lifestyle, health, diet, injury, age etc. They usually appear as a break or peel off in horizontal layers, starting at the nail's free end. The term "brittle nails" can also refer to a condition in which lengthwise splits appear in the nail. In either case, the nail's structure is faulty. This can be corrected by applying professional nail care products directly to the area on a regular basis to nourish and strengthen the nail from the root.