Many factors can cause peeling nails: improper diet and vitamin deficiencies, excess hand washing, use of harsh household cleaners etc being just a few of them. Today we will take a look at how to fix peeling nails.
1. Wear double gloves when you do chores
This is a trick experts recommend to keep hands soft and nails strong: wear two layers of gloves while washing the dishes or doing chores that are hard on the hands. An inner cotton glove layer helps protect your hands and nails from becoming soggy due to sweat while an outer latex layer can protect your nails from the harsh chemicals in soaps. Do this diligently each time washing dishes is on your ‘to-do’ list.
2. Lay off certain chores
If you suffer chronically from peeling, brittle and flaking nails then it is best you avoid some of the chores. Better still: limit your water exposure.
3. Diet counts
A healthy diet is a must for healthy nails. Peeling nails could indicate vitamin deficiency of iron, zinc, biotin or calcium. Supplements can work wonders in strengthening nails. Try to get three servings of dairy like milk, cheese etc. Else go for calcium supplements with at least 500 mg calcium, daily. Biotin is another essential vitamin to prevent nails from peeling. Hair, skin and nail supplements contain biotin, so take one a day. Biotin is also abundant in Brewer’s yeast, offal and egg yolks.
4. Get soy protein
5 grams of soy protein a day is just what you need to strengthen brittle and peeling nails. Tofu, tempeh, edamame and soy milk can all provide you with this recommended daily value. 8 ounce of soy milk can give you 6 grams of soy protein.
5. Stay away from acetone based nail polish removers
Women with weak nails must avoid acetone based nail paint removers. Instead, go for acetate ones. Acetone takes out the moisture from nail bed, making nails dry and prone to peeling. Likewise, fast drying nail polishes and varnishes can weaken the nails. Limit or avoid their use completely.
6. Give yourself a manicure every week
In order to prevent fingernails peeling from tip, you must give them a manicure every week. You can do a home manicure treatment as follows:
- Scrub your nails with a soft brush.
- Warm up some olive oil and soak your nails into it for 5 minutes. Massage the oil well into the hands paying special attention to the cuticles.
- Use an exfoliating scrub to remove scaly skin and dirt and push cuticles back.
- Next, use a pair of scissors to trim the nails and shape them. File from the edge of the nails towards the center
- Massage a moisturizing lotion with Aloe Vera gel into the nails.
7. Avoid growing nails too long
Longer nails are more prone to breakage and peeling. Trim them from time to time.
8. Toughen up nails with ACV and lemon juice
You can easily toughen up weak nails with regular use of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar (ACV). Rub them with a mixture of the lemon juice and ACV. Cover up your hands with gloves so the nails can absorb the nutrients.
9. Use a milder nail polish
Look for nail polish brands having fewer chemicals. In early days, people even used beeswax, gelatin and other natural products to paint their nails. While these are not available today, you can certainly find nail polishes without formaldehyde and toluene. If you cannot refrain from polishing your nails, opt for water based nail paints that peel off naturally within 2-3 days.
10. Steps to apply nail polish correctly
You might think this is a no-brainer. But applying nail polish correctly is essential to prevent nail breakage and weakening of nails
- Prime your nails first before you apply polish.
- Use a protective nurturing stroke of the polish in the center of the nail and then do the sides in 2-3 strokes.
- Apply a protective coat on the nails so the nail polish lasts longer and prevents peeling.
- Use acetone free nail polish remover when it is time to remove it.
11. Treat underlying medical causes of peeling fingernails
Many conditions like thyroid and anemia as well as deficiencies mentioned above can cause peeling fingernails. Get a blood test done to rule them out. Your peeling fingernails will automatically resolve once you treat the underling condition with proper diet and medicine.
12. Get professional nail treatment for peeling nails
Visit a reputed spa or salon to get split nails treatment. You can also buy DIY nail care treatments which include protein polishes and vitamin E therapy. All natural cuticle soak solutions with essential oils, baking soda, Epsom salts etc are some of the natural DIY nail treatment kits for peeling nails.
Use these 12 easy ways to fix peeling nails.