How to Know When to Stop Using Nail Polish

How to Tell If Your Nails Need a Break from Polish

June 24, 2021

Nail polishes are actual life savers for people who see fashion as serious business. In essence, choosing nail polish as one part of fashion to be craze about is just saying that one appreciates true beauty.

Do you wonder about the beauty of nail polish? Then you only have to see a great color or design of nail polish on any one, you would agree that it makes everything – the outfit and the aura - shine better. So, yes! Nail polishes could pass as an essential part of your outfit any day and time.

Nevertheless, it is worth noting that people often consider going out with their bare nails once in a while, proceeding to do it! Honestly, it is also perfectly understandable.

In short, some unique factors should automatically warrant not wearing nail polish for a while, and these factors often point to your nails' need to breathe or catch a break.

Do you want to know if you ever get to this stage where your nails need a break from polish? Well, just in case, here are some very pivotal signals for you to know when your nails need that break:

Reasons Your Manicure Should Stop Using Nail Polish

Nails are yellow

Nails are Yellow


It is no news that nail polishes, especially traditional nail polishes, are made of some strong chemicals. To be precise, they are made of chemicals like formaldehyde, camphor, and co, and while these chemicals may not be inherently toxic for your nails, continuously and consistently exposing your nails to them may result in discoloration of your nails.

If you start getting yellow stains on your nails chances that you need to step back a bot, and consider a break from painting your nails may be the best.

Brittle nails

Brittle Nails


Have you just found out after removing your nail polish that your nails are not as flexible in texture and seem to break easily? That may be your cue to take a break from applying nail polish! I hope you take it.

Any of these signs is tale-telling, and the story they are telling is that the chemicals of the polishes are maybe, a bit too harsh for your nails, and you could forgo nail polishing for a while if you must maintain a healthy nail.

Nails are stained with white spots

Nails are stained with White Spots


Nails, just like every part of your body, need to stay hydrated. Are you surprised? Well, it is a fact! Therefore, when you remove nail polish and notice white stains on your nails, it could be a sign that your nails are dehydrated. And it is also primarily a reaction to one harsh chemical contained in the nail polish you are using. So, you want to listen to your body and take time off using that nail polish.

Cuticles are dry

Cuticles are dry


Most people get carried away with the reward of nail polishes and only focus on what it has in store for them. They often forget to protect themselves from some of the damages that nail polishes can do using some protective measures.

One of the protective measures is the application of cuticle oil to prevent dryness of the skin around your nail.

Chances that anyone who has applied nail polish for a long time without a break without using these special cuticle oils will suffer from dry cuticle is relatively high. So, whenever you find yourself in this situation, it will help if you first accept what is happening, and of course, do the most important thing: take a break from nail polish to just using your cuticle oil.

Nail breakage

Nail breakage


Are your nails breaking? Well, that is not the happiest thing to happen to anyone. It may be daunting for any fashion buff to experience this.

While there may be other reasons for this eyesore, one popular cause for nail breakage among fashion buffs has to be the harsh acrylic manicures. And in some cases, the strenuous process of removing nail polish, both of which any regular nail polish user would know.

So, it is always a given that you should take a break from nail polishing when your nails start to break, and always a perfect time to give your nails some tender loving care and utmost rest.

Nails are peeling

Nails are peeling


Anyone familiar with a manicure procedure knows that it is impossible to escape moisturizing before the actual manicure. And since the peelings are often caused by wetness, taking a pause from nail aesthetics may be the eisw thing to do.

Two cents : Those nails are peeling, don’t panic. Instead of panicking, take a breather for yourself, and of course, take the break that you need from all forms of manicuring and nail polishing! You will be happy to resume polishing and manicuring without dealing with nail peeling in no time.

Nails look/ feel thin

Nails look/ feel Thin


In the process of pulling and peeling your nail gel off, you might cause a lot of damage to the natural nail, and one of the effects you get from doing the nail removal with little or no care is that your nail gets thinner. So while the actual concern should be learning how to remove your nail gel as gently as is required, sometimes, you are left to deal with the result of not being able to remove gently: A thin nail – if your nail feels either thin or looks thin, you should take a break from polishing your nail.

Nails have ridges

Nails have ridges


It is never a crime to rock your natural nails for a few days or weeks, especially when you notice that ridges are more prevalent on your nails after removing a set of nail polish.

Although nail ridges are not that unpopular, it is still advisable to give your nails a break if you are sure the ridges result from a badly removed nail polish, gel, or design.


Sometimes, you need to pay close attention to your nails to figure these signs out. Trust that they are always there for you to observe, and as long as you notice any of these signs, accept them as a warning and do what you have to do to ensure that your natural nails remain healthy and good-looking.

If you are one to yield to signals, you are on the way to representing beauty with your natural and artificial nails.