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Summer may be known as “break-up season,” but your significant other isn’t the only thing you may need to take a break from during the warmer months. If your nails are looking a little under the weather, it may be time to give your tips (or toes) a break from polish. Read on to find out the top three signs it’s time to give your nails a temporary breather and how to (quickly) nurse them back to health.

Your nails are extremely thin and weak.

If gel manis are your go-to, you might be surprised to find out what lies underneath. Although gel lacquer gives your tips a plump, durable finish, your natural nail may be suffering from improper gel polish removal. To help your tips recover, steer clear of gel polish for 2-3 weeks, and instead opt for a tinted strengthening treatment to nourish and rejuvenate the nail plate.

Try: Essie Treat Love Color

You have white spots on your toes.

Because your toes aren’t as exposed as your nails, color tends to last longer. Unfortunately, it’s possible to leave polish on a little too long, resulting in white splotches on the nails called keratin granulation. If this is the case, it’s best to leave treatment up to the professionals. During a pedicure, the tech will use a file to gently buff off the white spots, then he or she will apply cuticle oil to rehydrate the nail plate. This pedi color hiatus should last about 2-3 weeks in order to get your toes back to optimal health. To avoid white spots in the future, make sure to change your toenail color every five days.

Your nails are peeling or splitting like crazy.

Splitting and peeling may be the result of dehydration caused by too much exposure to water and/or acetone. If that’s the case, it’s time to take a look at how you’re removing your polish. If peeling off your lacquer is a common occurrence, you need to break this habit stat and give your tips some much-needed TLC. Use an acetone-free polish remover to take off your lacquer, then apply a strengthening treatment and cuticle oil daily.

Try: Orly Nailtrition and Orly Argan Cuticle Oil Drops

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