5 astonishing facts about nails you need to understand. Ask yourself how much do you think you really know about your own nails? And what you can learn about them so you can appreciate what happens to them from day to day!
Nails are made of 100's of layers of dead hard keratin, the same as hair. It’s all dead cells that are produced by the body at their roots. They are fascinating things, just see what they look like magnified up to 400 times. You can see tiny little layers bunched together. Hopefully you now can understand why nails flake occasionally. Once they are beyond the root they are made up of microscopic cells that are very porous. This means that they can absorb water very easily and over time substances like finely ground manicure oils and ointments will penetrate into them. It will take a nail about 5 weeks to fully absorb oils if applied twice a day. Due to their density though it’s good to remember that when applying any products like oils it will take a few weeks to notice a difference.
Cuticles are not what you think they are. Although many manicurists will remove what they think is the cuticle, this is really wrong. The skin that many people think is called the cuticle is actually the proximal nail fold and plays a vital role in protecting the body from infection. So make sure you ladies and gentlemen say goodbye to cuticle clipping or picking if you are secretly cuticle nippers at home. You need to understand nipping or cutting will allow bacteria to penetrate into the protective seal called at the bottom of your nail bed. This will allow moisture and all that nasty, grubby bacteria into your matrix (root of the nail) and also into your body. This will lead to infections, damage, pain, swelling and in some cases permanent problems with your nail bed and the shape of the nails. It will also mean your work will look incredibly better once you stop messing with this very delicate area of skin. If It’s really bad and thick, over grown and looks terrible this is more reason to stop nipping it. The body most likely has gone into overprotection mode and is getting thicker due to all the cutting. Once you stop and leave it well alone it will shrink back to a normal amount.
On average it takes nails six months to grow from the half moon (thats the exposed root) to the tip. And 12 months for your toes. On holiday the sun helps the body create the vitamin D and that helps your nails to grow more quickly. Not much faster but enough for you to notice a little change
Nails Grow Faster on their Dominant Hand. The reason for this is that the dominant hand gets more blood flow to the root. That hand naturally has more movement and in turn has more blood flow stimulated to the growth area. More blood flow equals more cells, more cells means more growth.