Peeling nails are often a result of both environmental factors and internal health conditions. Stress, harsh chemicals, exposure to water, a lack of nutrients, infections, season changes, and new medications can often threaten your nail health and cause peeling nails. Rapid shifts in weather, commonly seen in March and April, can take a toll on nail health and result in peeling nails.

Fingernails may be an early indicator of your overall health. In addition to professional treatment, there are a few preventative measures you can take if you notice that your fingernails are peeling.

Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish removers often contain acetone and other chemicals that may damage and weaken your nails. It’s important, if you use nail polish remover, to use it sparingly or to use a non-acetone polish remover.

Blood Circulation

People often think about massaging their sore muscles, which helps to increase circulation and blood flow, but often forget that circulation is important for your nails. Massaging your nails with a moisturizer is helpful to treat peeling nails. Massages help to increase blood flow and make your nails stronger and healthier.

Wear Gloves

Washing dishes, folding laundry, gardening, and other tasks often expose your nails to friction, harmful chemicals, dirt, or grime. If you want to protect your nails, wear dishwashing and gardening gloves.

Nuvail™ (poly-ureaurethane, 16%)

By applying a once daily protective polymer like Nuvail, you may be able to protect your nails from peeling. Nuvail is indicated for managing signs and symptoms of nail dystrophy, i.e., nail splitting and nail fragility, for intact or damaged nails. Nuvail is a unique, patented polymer that leaves a breathable, elegant, invisible film when applied to nails. Nuvail coats and adheres to the nail surface preventing direct abrasion and friction on the nail surface while also providing protection against the effects of moisture.

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Important Safety Information: Do not apply directly to deep, open, or profusely bleeding wounds. Product is flammable in liquid form; avoid using near open flames and sources of ignition. Use in well-ventilated area. Keep out of reach of children.  Store at room temperature away from heat. Do not allow product to come into contact with floors, counter tops, furniture or other finished surfaces – will stain. May temporarily sting upon application. Persons sensitized to isocyanate should not use this product. Should redness or other signs of irritation appear, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.