Who doesn’t love getting a new manicure every month? It not only makes for an amazing pampering sesh or weekend date with your bestie, but also ends up making your hands look pretty. Besides choosing a new manicure design and nail polish colour can be so much fun!

But if your real nails have started to feel extremely weak or tend to break easily, then it may do you good to remember the last time you allowed them to breathe. This is because the glue from acrylic nails or the chemicals in dark nail polishes can weaken the top most layer of your nails, leaving them brittle over time.

Read on for the five common signs that clearly indicate you need to give your manicure appointment a miss this time, and wear your natural nails for a while…

 

01. Your nails appear yellow

01. Your nails appear yellow

If you notice that your nails have started to look yellow, then it is time to skip wearing any sort of nail polish for a few weeks. The main reason your nails look yellow is because you’ve been wearing a lot of dark coloured nail polishes. A great way to prevent yellowing of the nails is to wear a base coat before applying your nail paint. This will prevent the pigment from causing discolouration.

 

02. Your nails appear thinner

02. Your nails appear thinner

Thin nails are a clear indication that the topmost layer of your natural nail has been damaged. If you have a tendency to peel your nail or scratch away your nail polish, then thin nails are almost inevitable. Always ensure that you use a good quality nail polish remover such as the Lakme Nail Colour Remover with Vitamin E to gently remove polish and clean your nails. This prevents unnecessary damage to your nails and keeps them strong and healthy.

 

03. Your nails feel brittle

03. Your nails feel brittle

Vigorously filing and buffing your nails, using acetone-based nail polish removers, glue from acrylic and gel manicures are some of the most common causes of brittle nails. To nurse your nails back to health, you will have no option but to give your nails some breathing time. A great way to heal your nails faster is to apply a nail strengthening formula or cuticle oil.

 

04. Your nails break easily

04. Your nails break easily

Healthy nails shouldn’t break at the drop of a hat. If yours do, then that’s a sign your nails have been damaged and need a timeout. The main cause of nail breakage is using the wrong methods to get rid of acrylic nails and scraping off your polish. Simply stop applying any sort of nail polish or acrylics and your nails will eventually become strong again.

 

05. White spots

05. White spots

If you notice an increase in the appearance of white spots on your nails, then this is an indication of keratin granulations. These patches are a result of improver removal of nail polish, which includes scraping away the polish or using harsh nail polish removers. These actions damage the topmost surface of your nails, leading to an appearance of uneven, white patches that feel rough to touch. The best solution to this problem, apart from giving your manicure a break, is to allow your nails to grow out until the patches disappear.