Things To Know About Your Nails

Things To Know About Your Nails

Things To Know About Your Nails

I’m sure you rarely take a look at your hands and think there are some things you should know about your nails, but I’m going to share some things with you that might make you think a bit more about how you look after your nails. I’m including some basic facts about nails, but also some things you probably won’t know, and things you’ve never considered before. Read on for some things you should know about your nails.


One of the things you should know about your nails is what they are and why they are there. Ok, obviously nails are there to protect the ends of your fingers and toes, but why? Your fingertips and toes are incredibly sensitive. In particular, the fingertips have a huge accumulation of nerve endings. Indeed, the fingertips have the densest area of feeling receptors in the whole body. Nails are the human equivalent of animal claws and although we have developed beyond the uses to which the animal kingdom put their nails, we still use them for scratching and picking up tiny things.

Repairing Nail Damage
If your nails are already damaged, here are some things that can help repair them:

  • Soak your nails in olive oil for 15 minutes a day for a month, and twice a week thereafter. This can help re hydrate and fortify damaged, peeling nails.

  • Use a cuticle cream every night. Regular moisturizing can help reverse nail damage.

  • Take a nail polish holiday. If you've tried precautions and are still suffering from brittle nails, try giving them a break and leaving them free of polish. All nail polish contains elements that dry out your nails, so giving them a rest (for about three months), might give them a chance to self-repair.

  • Take biotin supplements. Adding more biotin to your diet might increase the thickness of your nails and hair.

Some Advice:
Give your nails lots and lots of tender loving care. If beautiful hair is the crowning glory of your face, having beautiful nails is the crowning glory of your hands.
If you follow the above tips to prevent your nails from breaking or splitting, but the problem continues, go see your doctor. There might be some medical conditions behind it.

Eating Vitamins Does Not Help Your Nails

If nails were living tissue, then nails could just repair themselves when they break. But they are not. Nails are dead. They are made of layers of a protein called keratin, the same protein found in your hair and in the top layer of your skin.
Contrary to popular belief, you likely do not strengthen your nails by eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals and taking multi-vitamin supplements.
By the way, gelatin also does nothing to your nails. In general, you have to care for your nails from the outside.

Proper Care (Not Nutrition) Is the Most Important Factor in Nail Health

Proper nail care seems to help maintain nail health.
No evidence supports the use of vitamin supplementation with vitamin E, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin A, retinoids, retinol, retinal, silicon, zinc, iron, copper, selenium, or vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) for improving the nail health of well-nourished patients or improving the appearance of nails affected by pathological disease.
Brittle nail syndrome appears to abate with supplementation of a 2.5-mg dose of biotin daily or a 10-mg dose of silicon daily.
You might be interested to know that brittle nails are not the same as weak nails. They are quite opposite, but both problems will cause your nails to break easily.

What Causes Brittle Nails?

Brittle nails are nails that are dry. The lack of moisture causes them to become too hard, making them break easily. This can happen when we wash our hands too often without moisturizing. Soap, cleaning products, acetone, and formaldehyde also dry out nails.

The Cause of Weak Nails? 

Weak nails are nails that are too moist. The excess moisture makes your nails soft, causing them to tear easily. Though there are nail hardening products on the market, you should be aware that these hardening products contain ingredients like formaldehyde, and prolonged use of formaldehyde may cause the opposite problem: brittleness. Because of this, most dermatologists do not advise the use of nail hardeners.

People who are prone to nail damage:

People who change their nail polish almost every day are more susceptible to nail damage because most polish removers contain acetone and formaldehyde.
Older people also experience more nail damage because nails dry out as we age.

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