Nothing can ruin the look of a manicure faster than an accidentally chipped nail or dry and peeling cuticle skin. While unfortunate chips can be avoided by being careful with your nails the next 24 hours, peeling cuticle skin is a whole different ball game. The patchy, flaky and prickly skin around your cuticles can be caused due to various reasons but has a simple solution too. Read on to find out!
- Environmental causes
- Bad habits and underlying health conditions
- Chemical agents
- How to stop your cuticle skin from peeling:
Your hands are one of the most exposed parts of your body and suffer a lot of environmental damage. Unfavourable weather conditions like sunny summers and extreme winters can cause your cuticles to peel. If you have a dry skin type, factors like pollution and harsh water can further damage them.
Bad habits and underlying health conditions
Habits like nail-biting and picking the skin around your nails can cause damage and pain. Health conditions like psoriasis, chronic eczema, atopic dermatitis and pompholyx can lead to cuticle peeling. Also, nutritional deficiency of vitamins B, A, E and C can all cause peeling skin around the nails. We all know that the food we eat affects our skin and hair directly, so any changes in diet can also temporarily cause your skin to peel, especially around the nails.
You use your hands for essential tasks like cooking, cleaning, shampooing, washing dishes and sometimes even gardening throughout the day. This exposes your cuticles to a lot of different chemical agents that can irritate the skin around it. Even if you wear gloves while doing it, the latex material might interact with your skin and cause irritation. All of this in addition to the chemicals used on your skin during the manicure can cause your cuticles to become dry and flaky.
How to stop your cuticle skin from peeling:
While cuticle skin peeling is not a cause for concern, there are ways to deal with it for aesthetic reasons.
- Home remedies like switching to skin-friendly detergents or soaps; improving your diet to promote skin health and finally quitting your nail-biting habit will help.
- Prevention is always better than cure. Keep your hands moisturised with a hand cream such as the Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hand Stronger Nails Hand Cream to keep them soft, smooth and healthy-looking. Infused with petroleum jelly and keratin, this hand cream is lightweight and non-sticky too.