How to Stop Nail Polish Ruining Your Nails

How to Stop Nail Polish Ruining Your Nails

Do you love having your nails polished but feel guilty that the polish is ruining your nails? Then you’ve come to the right place. Having beautiful and healthy nails does not have to be a contradiction.

It’s all about how you look after your nails, before and after a manicure. Below are some easy tips and tricks on how to stop nail polish from ruining your nails and how to protect your nails instead. Follow these and you’ll have healthy nails in no time without compromising on how they look!

1. Wear a base coat

If you apply nail polish without any steps to help to strengthen the nails, your nails will weaken over time causing brittle nails. They will also have some discolouration and dryness and there can even be breakages.

A base coat helps reduce some of these side effects, especially discolouration. What a base coat does is create a barrier between your nails and the nail polish.

This stops any of the ‘bad’ nail polish ingredients from penetrating your nails, helping your nail polish stay on better and protecting your nails at the same time.

2. Don’t peel the polish off

I know how tempting it is to peel your nails off, it gives a certain sense of satisfaction! But, seriously, don’t do it! When you peel off your nail polish, you are also peeling off the top layer of your nails. This causes your nails to weaken and it can cause breakages.

3. Avoid nail polish removers with acetone

The standard nail polish remover comes with an ingredient called acetone. Acetone dries out the nails and causes the nails to weaken, split and sometimes can cause infections too.

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4. Stay away from gel manicures

While the gel itself isn’t so harmful in all gel manicures, the 10-minute acetone to remove the polish is the killer. It’s obviously much worse than just removing your nail polish with a remover that has acetone in it.

10 minutes is a long time to soak your precious hands in a destroying chemical. It can cause irreversible damage so my advice is to keep away from gel manicures. Opt for regular nail polish or false nails, both safer options!

5. Give your nails a break

This is a hard one for those who feel naked without nail polish. However, it will give your nails a longer life, so trust me, it’s worth it in the long run!

Wearing nail polish the whole time without any breaks is exhausting on the nails. Even though nails are essentially dead, they still need to breathe.

Taking breaks from nail polish will give your nails back their strength. Try to take a 2-week break every few months to give your nails their breathing space!

Can you still wear nail polish?

Yes, of course, you can still wear nail polish, you simply need to take the right precautions to protect them. Most things in life have a few ways of doing them, some with better results than others.

The key is finding the right way that works for you and that’s best for you! These steps are easy to implement and will make a huge difference to the health of your nails. Read more tips on how to apply nail polish.

Hollie xx


About Hollie

Hi, I’m Hollie, and I’m passionate about everything beauty. Over the last decade and a half, I’ve tested thousands of products to bring you the best of the best! I also love bringing you fun and creative beauty looks. Learn more.

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  1. OH MY Gees! You have just saved my nails and my little daughter’s nail. We love playing with nail polishes and I have never been aware of all the things you wrote on this post. First, the acetone – my daughter like the very cold sensation when using it – never taught it’s very harmful and damaging. And secondly, peeling of the nail polish is very fun – I never thought of peeling a layer of my daughter’s nail and my own whenever we do it – it was just fun! .Oh never again. 

    Oh I’m really grateful for this article – you turn my way of nail polish practice upside down! 

    Looking for More powerful posts from you. 

    Habe a great day/eve! 

    God bless,


    1. Don’t worry, you’re not alone in not knowing these things. I also didn’t until a short while ago! The trick is to keep learning:))

      Hollie x 

  2. julienne murekatete says:

    Thank you for the post dear. I have a problem with my nails and i didn’t know why after manicure my nails become dry and start to break down. i am going to follow your advice especially giving break to my nails and i hope it will work.

    You have done a great review.

    1. I’m happy it helped you! 

      Thanks for stopping by:)

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