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 ruining your nails. Follow these and you’ll have healthy nails in no time.
How to Stop Nail Polish Ruining Your Nails
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, dryness and there can even be breakages. A base coat will help reduce some of these side effects, especially the 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. Try to buy a nail polish remover that doesn’t contain acetone. You can check out some good acetone-free ones here.
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 breath. Taking breaks form 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 in protecting 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.
Let me know what works for you in the comments below. Do you have any other tips to stop nail polish from ruining your nails?
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