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Why are nails peeling: eight tips to prevent nails from peeling

Updated: Jun 3, 2022

Peeling nails are a problem faced by many. Flaky nails and a beautiful manicure are absolutely incompatible. Want to understand why are nails peeling and looking for a solution? Here are eight tips for those trying to get serious about the problem.

Why are nails peeling?

Most often, nail delamination appears from a combination of internal and external factors: unbalanced diet, diseases, contact with aggressive chemicals, improper care. Despite the uniqueness of each specific case, there are general recommendations that will help restore health to your nails.

Correct filing of nails

To ensure that the use of the file does not lead to even greater delamination, do not allow chaotic and sudden movements from side to side. The file should be held at an angle of approximately 45 degrees and moved from the edges towards the center. Remember how we cut the stem of a flower, with a clear movement of a sharp knife diagonally. If you act with a blunt instrument and repeatedly drive it perpendicularly, we will get damage to the structure and delamination of the fibers.

In addition, peeling nails should not be filed 1-2 times a month during the main manicure, but 2 times a week. For this reason, it is advisable to forget about the gel-varnish coating until the delamination is completely eliminated.

Shiny cut

The edge of the nail plate left without final processing after cutting the length can provoke further delamination. Be sure to polish the butt end with a special buff. Modern nail files provide this effect already at the filing stage. Sometimes changing a regular nail file to a laser file with a sealing effect can be enough to get rid of delamination.

Firming baths for nails

Make special baths once a week, mixing sea salt and lemon juice in warm water. If you have lesions on your skin or your nails react to sea salt with even more stratification, try a herbal or gelatin bath.


Polishing with wax and oils

The sealing procedure with wax or oils helps to fill in the damaged areas and "glue" the delamination. After the firming bath, when the structure of the nail plate is most susceptible to care, apply special wax or plain olive oil to your hands and rub it into the nail plate and cuticle area with gentle circular movements with a soft polishing file until it is completely absorbed. The result of such a procedure is immediately noticeable, and if done regularly (once a week), you can completely get rid of the delamination.

Paraffin therapy

Many people are familiar with the procedure of hot and even cold paraffin therapy to moisturize the skin. The same will be effective for strengthening nails. Simply melt natural or special manicure wax, dip your fingertips in it, put on gloves and leave it overnight.

Protection by a special coating

Do not leave peeling nails uncovered after grooming procedures. Cosmetics companies have a variety of remedies in their arsenal to combat delamination. Some of them protect the nails from external negative influences, allowing them to regenerate themselves, while others penetrate deep into the nail plate and act from the inside. Most often, treatment coatings need to be renewed every day, applying a new layer over the previous one within a week.

Protection from external aggression

Do not forget about gloves even with short contact with household chemicals. It can destroy the structure of the nail plate and contribute not only to the appearance of delamination and yellowing, but household chemicals will also make it weaker. Regardless of what the manufacturers of detergents write on the packaging, aloe extract does not in any way neutralize the damage that chemicals cause to the skin of the hands and nails. This is especially true for cleaning products containing bleach.

Strengthening from within

The effectiveness of external nail care will not be maximized without internal support from the body. To restore and maintain the health of the nail plate, it is necessary to replenish the reserves of vitamins (A, E, B5, PP, C and D) and trace elements (selenium, zinc, iodine, magnesium, calcium, polyunsaturated fatty acids). Be sure to include redfish, nuts, pumpkin seeds, legumes, and leafy dark green vegetables and vegetable oils (flaxseed, pumpkin, olive, almond, avocado) in your diet. And of course, drink plenty of clean water.


If you have recently taken antibiotics, this is most likely the reason. Give your body time to recover and drink prebiotics. But before taking any medication, be sure to consult your doctor first.

The body lacks vitamins and minerals. Most of all, nails suffer from a lack of calcium, magnesium, silicon and phosphorus. Try to balance your diet, add more cereals, nuts, fruits and vegetables, and a multivitamin course should also help.

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