Something to Talk About: Soft, Peeling Nails

(Original source: Nails Mag, by Michelle Pratt)

Close-up of woman’s hand with French manicure isolated on white.
Close-up of woman’s hand with French manicure isolated on white.

Are you frustrated when they’re failed to grow? Here are some FAQs and answers for your situation.

Question: My nails are so soft! Why do they bend and split? I can’t stand them!

Answer: You’re not alone. It’s a common problem. It could be from medications you’re taking, or because of your lifestyle — for example if you use a lot of cleaning agents, or swim, or if your hands are often in water. It could even be because your body lacks certain nutrients.

Question: Is this a medical problem?

Answer: people with a thyroid problem or heart condition often take medicine that can have a negative impact on their nails. People with skin problems, such as eczema or psoriasis, also may notice their nails are brittle and peel. If none of this sounds like you, it could be you have a zinc, iron, or calcium deficiency. What we put into our bodies — or what our bodies lack — shows up in our nails. One thing that has been shown to help is taking a biotin supplement. The only negative is that it takes about six months to really notice a difference.

Question: I don’t think that describes me. Could anything else cause it?

Answer: It may be because your hands are in a lot of water or are exposed to chemicals. Water and cleaning agents will dry out your nails, and they will become brittle. That will make them soft and cause them to peel. Do you use gloves when you clean and do dishes?

Question: No, and I don’t really want to. Am I out of luck?

Answer: Not necessarily. If you’re willing to add cuticle oil to your nails regularly and keep polish on them to protect them, your nails will be strong enough to stay beautiful at an active length. OR, your nails can still look gorgeous by covering them with a thin layer of protection in the form of gel-polish, or a gel or acrylic overlay.

Five Retail Products to keep your nails stay healthy:

Your favorite brand of:
> Cuticle oil
> Cuticle cream
> Hydrating base coat
> Strengthening top coat to protect the nails from chemicals and water
> Moisturizing hand cream.

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