Nail Polish Peeling Off

11:14 am - 06/03/2012

So, I'm constantly painting my nails, but after like 4 or 5 days the nail polish just peels right off my nails. Not like chips or anything, but the entire thing just comes right off. Sometimes I wake up to find that it's gone. I don't use a base coat any more. I don't know if this makes a difference. Whenever I used base coats it just bubbled and ruined the rest of the polish when I put on the colours to my nails...and well, it didn't really help it NOT fall off my nails. Is there something I'm meant to do before I put the polish on? Moisturise my hands? Not moisturise my hands? Only apply after a hot shower?
This generally tends to happen with my OPI polishes, less with other brands, but...yeah.

Also, I'm in Australia and some brands aren't available here. *weep*
marievignette 3rd-Jun-2012 02:12 am (UTC)
this was happeneing to me and my mom said it was because the nail was too damaged. i got a sally hansen nail hardener/treatment for 5 bucks at target that i wore underneath my polishes for about a month and my nails are fine again.
contradictz 3rd-Jun-2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
Woot. Ran out to buy some of those Sally Hansen nail hardener..well I hope it's he correct one. It was a "Hard as Nails" one.
littlekitty167 3rd-Jun-2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Don't moisturise your hands. The oils from the moisturiser prevent proper sticking of the polish to the nail. Take a cotton ball with nail polish remover and swipe all your nails before you apply nail polish. Wear a base coat. If there's bubbling, you're either putting on too thick of a layer or not waiting for it to dry completely before applying colour. If your base coat is goopy, thin it out with nail polish thinner. Make sure you apply thin layers. Same with your coloured polish. Thin layers, let dry completely in between. Use a good top coat, too.
wrstlgirl 3rd-Jun-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
The Sally Hansen treatment kit mentioned above is really awesome, works wonders.
girlvinyl 3rd-Jun-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
Wear gloves when ever doing housework or dishes. Don't let cleaners or water get on your nails if at all possible. Also, make sure your nails are free of oils or moisturizer before painting. Clean them with remover before applying base coat. Make sure each coat is thin and dry before applying the next coat. I like to put another coat of top coat on after a few days to keep the manicure fresh. This helps it last an extra few days. Hope this helps.
mercystars 3rd-Jun-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
Don't use moisturizer/lotion/oils before you polish, and if you're using a moisturizing polish remover before you repolish, make sure you clean your nail beds with alcohol before applying new polish, to get rid of oils that may keep polish from adhering. Also, it sounds like your old base coat might have been old and thick and not drying properly; one like Stickey Base Coat by CND might work. And I second the previous advice about wearing rubber gloves to do dishes and housework involving cleansers or solvents, it really helps.
aeryn 3rd-Jun-2012 03:22 am (UTC)
Always swipe your nails with polish remover or alcohol before applying your polish (or base coat). Your nails should never have any lotion or oils on them prior to polishing.

You might just need to try a better base coat, because it will definitely help the polish adhere to your nails and not peel or chip off. I use China Glaze Strong Adhesive base coat and my manicure lasts a week easily with no chipping or peeling. (I also use CG polish almost exclusively)
contradictz 3rd-Jun-2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
We don't have China Glaze
I feel like reapply top coat after a couple days (which I totally do that all the time) stops it from chipping, but not peeling..which is frustrating as all heck. I use OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat.
And, I have/had (might've chucked it) some Revlon base coat...maybe I will try a different brand.
upood 3rd-Jun-2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Usually damaged nails will result in that, as well as ineffective/bad polish. I had a really crappy topcoat that would result in peeling which I got rid of, so try investing in a good one, the above suggestions are quite good.
mirhanda 3rd-Jun-2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly before polishing. Don't put any lotions, moisturizers, oils, etc on your skin until you've polished your nails. Any sort of lotion or whatnot will make your polish chip/flake/come off.
secura 5th-Jun-2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
This is what I was going to say.
You've got too much natural oils sitting on top of your nail, do a quick wash at the sink in the kitchen (with handsoap) then apply your nail polish and there should be a difference, if not, you're cursed!
sky3205 3rd-Jun-2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Invest in a great topcoat!
lovelier 4th-Jun-2012 09:05 am (UTC)
If you are using cleaners or other similar chemicals they might play a role. I went in the pool on Saturday, and the exposure to all the chlorine made it so my nail polish peeled off in one piece just like you mentioned.
xhollydayx 8th-Jun-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
I use tons of moisturizers on my hands (I have dry hands) and find that before I apply polish, doing a swipe with alcohol or nail polish remover helps a lot. even if I had on no polish, a quick swipe helps get rid of any oils that may be lingering on your nails (even from your skin). I also use a top coat, and have found the quick dry ones (Seche Vite, I"m looking at you!) make my polish not last as long - Sally Hansen makes a great one that I really like. As long as I have the time to let it dry, it really keeps my polish on long. I also second wearing gloves around the house for cleaning- I love Soft Scrub (yeah, not environmentally friendly so I'm trying to find a good alternative) but find it dries out my skin and kills my polish. I don't tend to keep my polish on for more than 4 or 5 days, but that's more due to getting sick of the color. If you're up for it, you could try shellac or gel polish - I haven't tried a home kit, but have had it done at the salon. It supposedly lasts for 2 or more weeks, but if I skip wearing gloves to clean and am my usual self (hard on my nails) I get a week and an half, but I'm happy with that - it starts growing out anyway and I'm sick of the color at that point. However, it's nice for vacations or when I don't want to think about it.
Molly Gribler nail polish peeling31st-May-2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
i was told to use acetone on natural nail to dry it out a bit and then apply the nail polish with a thin layer of top coat and if your nails are long enough make sure to "cap" your edge
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