Monday, October 26, 2015

Peeling Nails: to file or not to file?

peeling nail

Q. My nails peel in layers at the edges. Should I file the peeling part off?

A. It's a good question. You feel the need to file off the peely stuff to make the nail look better but when you do, the nail becomes thinner and weaker. Lightly file pieces of nail that are really rough and sticking up. Do not try to file away the edge of the peeling layers. It will make the nails too thin. Apply a tiny bit of nail glue to seal the layers together. When in doubt, see an experience nail technician. 

I see a lot of nail peeling on my clients who do a lot of cooking, dish washing and cleaning without using gloves. Sometimes, a medication or health condition can cause the nails to become weak and peeling. Hypothyroidism is an example of a health condition that can cause weak peeling nails. Chemotherapy drugs can cause weak nails.

Use Strengthener
Apply a nail strengthener designed to help peeling nails regularly. I like Nail Optimizer. I have seen it help many of my clients with thin weak nail. 

Ingredients: butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, nitrocellulose, SD alcohol 40B, phthalic anhydride/trimellitic anhydride/glycols copolymer, trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, isopropyl alcohol, triphenyl phosphate, camphor, diisobutyl adipate, water, etocrylene, stearlkonium, hectorite, titanium dioxide, aucoumea

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Get Manicures
Professionally done manicures pamper the skin and nails, promote circulation and encourage healthy nail growth. A nail technician can apply nail glue and nail wraps to temporarily stick the peeling layer back together. Weekly manicures are ideal but every other week is also quite beneficial.

Avoid Chipped Polish
Polish that is chipping leaves the end of the nail weak and vulnerable. Remove your nail polish and/or strengthener when it begins to chip and reapply.

Avoid Water
Avoid contact with water by wearing gloves when cleaning and doing dishes. Water causes the nails to swell. The nails shrink when they dry. This repeated swelling and shrinking will do damage to the structure of the nail resulting in nail peeling.

Use Nail Oil
Nail oil applied to the bare nails gives the nails a good conditioning. Apply it several times a day and rub it into the nail and cuticle. It can also be used while you are wearing nail polish. The nail will not be able to absorb it as well though. Apply the oil to the cuticle and the back of the nails when wearing nail polish. I like CND Solar Oil. It has nice simple ingredients.

Ingredients:Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Almond Fragrance, Tocopherol Acetate.

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Use Hand Cream
Apply a lot of hand lotion through the day. The lotion will moisturize your skin and cuticle area as well as your nails. 

 
Take a Nail Vitamin
There are vitamin formulas specifically made for your hair, skin and nails. The supplements contain a large amount of biotin along with other vitamins including Vitamins A, C, E and Bs. Biotin is particularly beneficial for the nails. You may not be getting enough vitamins from your diet. A supplement may help your nails get stronger. You will not see immediate results. It will take about 5 or 6 months to see a real difference in your nails.

Read more about Hair Skin and Nail Vitamins. 

All that TLC should improve your nail peeling problem.

Have a Beautiful Day!
  xo 
Jill
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