All women want nice soft hands with strong fingernails. However, some people have a problem with peeling fingernails. There can be a variety of causes for this unsightly condition. However, don’t worry, there are some steps you can take to stop your fingernails from peeling. You will need to take a broad-spectrum approach to get results fast, especially if there is more than one cause to your peeling fingernails. Here’s what you can do.
- Address health issues. Take vitamin supplements if you notice your fingernails start to peel. Hair, skin and nails are excellent indicators of your overall health. You may have a protein or biotin deficiency in your system, especially if you are vegetarian or vegan. You may purchase over the counter supplements that are formulated specifically to strengthen your hair and nails. Essential fatty acids may also be lacking in your diet. Fish oil supplements and Evening Primrose oil are some supplements you can take.
- Avoid chemical exposure. Your hands are exposed to hundreds of chemicals on a daily basis, which may weaken your fingernails. Avoid putting on acrylic nails since your real nails needs to be able to breathe. Give your nails a rest between manicures. Also, avoid using nail products that contain formaldehyde which is not only cancer causing but is very harsh for your nails. Read the labels of the products you use on your hands and opt for the most natural ingredients possible.
- Wear gloves. Protect your hands when you do household chores such as cleaning the bathroom, doing laundry or washing the dishes. Prolonged immersion in water and constant exposure to harsh chemicals may damage your cuticles. Wearing latex gloves is a way to protect your skin and nails from unnecessary exposure.
- Apply olive oil or vitamin E oil based nail strengtheners to your nails. The oil will keep your nails looking lustrous instead of dry and flakey. If you will be in water for a long time such as swimming in the pool, you may also try some petroleum jelly on your nails to act as a barrier against the drying effects of water exposure.
- During the cold weather season, give your hands and nails extra TLC. Use hand creams specially designed for hands and nails that will nourish it during the harsh winter weather.
- Check for the side effects of any prescription medication you are taking. Don’t stop taking it for the sake of your nails, but you may ask your doctor for an alternative prescription if you find the side effects to damaging.
Try any of these solutions and you should see an improvement in your nail health soon. You may need to try a combination of all these steps to get immediate and permanent results. Consult your doctor if your symptoms persist, especially if it is accompanied by other conditions such as rapid weight loss, hair loss or other symptoms. The peeling of your fingernails may be a symptom of a bigger health issue.