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The goal of regular manicures is to maintain healthy nails and skin. Although your nails may look pristine, cracked cuticles and peeling skin can leave you with an unsightly problem. This why it happens and what to do about it.

The Manicure Itself Is the Culprit
Valencia, CA, dermatologist Bernard Raskin, MD, says the skin around your nails may peel after a manicure because it’s been exposed to chemicals and irritants. “It’s usually because the skin is too dry, but you could also be allergic to glues or acetone removers. Manicurists also soak instruments in antibacterial solutions, which can be irritating to skin.” Cutting the cuticles can make them hard, causing them to crack, too.

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Hydration Is Key
To heal chapped, broken skin around your nails and cuticles, keep your cuticles and the surrounding skin moisturized with a good cuticle oil or hand cream. “Applying a cuticle cream or oil after hydrating your hands is a great way to promote healthier skin and cuticles,” says Dr. Raskin. “I also suggest applying Vaseline over the area (and wearing gloves) before bedtime for a deep, overnight treatment. This can be done a few days before a manicure, but is better for your skin when it’s done a few times per week on a regular basis.” Nails Inc Superfood Repair Oil ($15) contains rose hip oil (with antioxidant benefits) and high levels of vitamin A to help support strong nails and healthy cuticles. 

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