Should You Give Your Toe Nails a Break from Polish this Summer?

Ladies, how often do you get a pedicure in the summer?

While many women love to have their toenails painted their favorite color during open-toe season, the truth is, your toe nails could benefit from a break from polish.

ThinkstockPhotos-464263297Doctors suggest giving your toenails some time off between nail polish applications. Leaving nail polish on too long can be dangerous because the pigment in it can seep into the top layers of your nails and dry them out. When this happens, bacteria, mold, and mildew can develop under the nail plate, which can lead to long-term problems. By removing the polish from your nails and exposing them to the air, you are allowing them to breathe and remain healthy.

This summer, remember to give your toe nails an occasional break. While it may be difficult to give up wearing your favorite polish throughout the season, avoiding problems associated with unhealthy nails are far more beneficial.

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