Signs Your Nails Need to 'Breathe'

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While experts debate whether there is a need to let your nails "breathe" in between polish changes, there are other reasons that could warrant a breather.

The Breathing Time

If you have been wondering how long you should take a break from doing your nails, it is best to give them at least a week or two of rest. This break allows your nails to recover, hydrate, and repair, promoting a healthier appearance for your next manicure. But what situations would signal you that your nails need to "breathe"?

Yellow-Stained Nails

One of the most noticeable signs that it is time to take a break from your regular manicure routine is the presence of yellow-stained nails. This discoloration is often caused by the frequent use of bright, pigmented nail polish shades. While these colors can be stunning, leaving them on for extended periods can lead to yellowing. To prevent this, always start with a base coat before applying colored polish. A base coat acts as a protective barrier, reducing the risk of stains and keeping your nails looking their best.

Thin Nails

If your nails appear thin and fragile, it may be a sign that you need to skip a few polish sessions. Thin nails can result from improper removal of gel nail polish, which can damage the nail plate. To avoid this, it is important to soak your nails in acetone to allow the gel to lift off gently, rather than peeling or scraping it off. Other factors that can contribute to thin nails include excessive exposure to water and the use of harsh chemicals.

Brittle Nails

Using harsh chemicals in your manicure routine can cause your nails to become brittle and prone to breakage. Acrylic and gel manicures are often associated with brittle nails, as the removal process can be drying and damaging. Additionally, some manicurists may file or scrape your nails aggressively during the removal process, further weakening them. To avoid brittle nails, consider taking a break from acrylic and gel manicures and opt for a more gentle approach to nail care.

Nail Breakage

Constantly dealing with nail breakage can be frustrating and may indicate that it is time to give your nails a break. If your nails are brittle and prone to breaking, it is important to allow them time to rest and recover. Removing gel and acrylic manicures improperly can also contribute to nail breakage, so it's essential to use gentle removal methods to avoid further damage.

Dry Cuticles

Neglecting to moisturize your cuticles and using harsh ingredients during the nail polish removal process can leave your cuticles feeling dry and rough. To combat dry cuticles, incorporate a cuticle oil into your daily routine to hydrate and nourish the skin around your nails. Additionally, keeping your nails and hands hydrated with a hand cream can help prevent hangnails and keep your nails looking healthy.