Unpopular Opinion: Now Is the Time to Finally Take Off Your Toenail Polish (Don't @ Me)

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There are many paths a person can take in this new shared reality of self-isolation. You can stock up on canned cream cereal as if it weren’t a food that you avoided for most of your life, or that you were consumed by the relentless news cycle. Or, and hear me here, you might see this as an opportunity: a rare but monumental window to finally perform the crude, unspeakable acts of self-care without fear or judgment from anyone else – like removing your toenail polish.

I say this in solidarity with anyone who also has no idea what their feet actually look like without a pedicure: it’s time. no it is Past time.

To be clear, my nails are not always perfectly painted. You will rarely see a manicure with me, and I have no qualms about releasing my own pedicure at home. But even on the bleakest winter days, where all my feet have seen through months of quilted wool socks is the inside of my black combat boots, an infallible trace of nail polish remains on every toe. In fact, the longest time they remain exposed is five minutes, roughly how long it takes a technician to treat them after removing my chipped color in the salon. Only then do I notice that they are calling for help; stained or speckled with white spots.

It’s not pretty, but it doesn’t cringe – I know I’m not alone. (Sometimes I definitely look at other customers’ toes too, so there.) While this idea of ​​”letting your nails breathe” is in fact a myth, it only makes sense that our toenails could use a little reprieve from nail polish application after application. This is especially true if you tend to skip a base coat or lean towards certain colors.

“Just like with makeup, sometimes you just need a break.”

“Wear dark [polish] colors can often make the nail ‘yellow’, especially if you are going to wear the dark color for a longer period of time, ” he said Deborah Lippmann, manicure and owner of her eponymous nail brand. “Many people experience problems with their nails after they have had gel manicures or their nails are simply stained by wearing too much color. As with makeup, sometimes you just need a break.”

In addition, those white spots (formally called leukonychia) that tend to pop up are usually caused by nail damage from misuse of hard tools or improper gel removal. Restoring the health of your nails afterwards takes time – and who has more time than you, me and all of us while we socialize?

If nothing else, it certainly couldn’t give up the bottle for a few weeks hurt. So before reaching for your tool kit to get into an intricate piece of pedicure nail art, remember now is your chance for a well-deserved, long-awaited rest – from your head to your toes.

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