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How to Prevent Your Nails from Peeling

Wondering how to prevent your nails from peeling? Here are ten suggestions.

10 Ways to Stop Your Nails From Peeling

  1. Use water-based nail polish, rather than regular solvent-based nail polish. Regular nail polish contains harsh chemicals that can dry out your nails.
  2. Use an acetone-free nail polish remover, preferably one with natural ingredients. Nail polish removers that contain ethyl acetate can still dry out your nails, making them more likely to peel.
  3. If the top layer of your nails started peeling off after repeated application and removal of nail polish, you may want to let your nails breath for a while. Nails that are filed and buffed can still look very nice.
  4. Avoid tapping your nails or using them to pry open soda cans or other containers.
  5. Use natural jojoba oil to re-hydrate your nails. Massage a drop of jojoba oil into your cuticles and bare nail beds at least once per day.
  6. File your nails every time after cutting them, and at least once per week. Filing and shaping nails can help prevent both peeling and tearing. Opt for a crystal nail file, or four sided buffer, rather than a harsh metal file.
  7. Wear gloves while washing dishes and using household cleaners. This also helps protect your hands from over-exposure to water and cleaning agents.
  8. Eat foods that are rich in biotin (vitamin B-5). Biotin is found in swiss chard, carrots, almonds, strawberries, and cauliflower.
  9. Wear warm gloves when going outside in cold weather.
  10. Moisturize your hands regularly.

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