We all do it. On the bus. In a meeting. At your desk. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a woman who doesn’t peel off her nail polish. It’s extremely tempting, especially if your manicure starts chipping. However, this can be highly damaging to your nails. In fact, you should never remove your nail polish this way. When you peel off nail polish, it takes off layers of your actual nail. You may not see the difference immediately, but doing this over time will make your nails thinner. Gel nail polish the worst culprit. Peeling off gel polish removes layers of your nail. This can result in your nails being rough in texture and discolored. Even worse, it can lead to brittle nails that constantly break.
Nobody wants thin and jagged nails. To remove nail polish, you should always use a nail polish remover. Using clear nail polish is another alternative (check out how here). If you can’t resist the urge to peel off your polish, here are a few ways your can help repair your nails after the damage is done:
- Take a break from nail polish and let your nails heal.
- Keep your nails short while they heal. This will prevent them from breaking.
- Don’t cut your cuticles. This can damage the new nail that is growing.
- Moisturize your nails with a cuticle oil or cream. I like the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil ($9). It rehydrates and revitalizes your nails (plus, it smells good).
- Buff your the surface of your nails. This will help even out the texture.
- Use a nail strengthener like Nail Envy Nail Strengthener Original Formula ($17.95). It will make your nails harder and stronger in just a few weeks.
- Drink lots of water. This will keep your nails and cuticles hydrated and help them heal.
- Check out these nail polish removers that won’t ruin your nails.
For more beauty tips, check out this tip for shaping your eyebrows and find out how often you should switch your shampoo and conditioner.