WHAT'S ON THE SURFACE?
To continue with our "Get to know yourself" series, this last one is about nails.
Nails are composed of different parts. The ONYX is the hardest keratin and is the part of the nail that protects the ends of fingers and toes and helps you scratch and grab small objects. The PLATE is the visible surface of the nail, the part that is attached to the skin and that is actually made up of different layers:
- Nail bed: It's right beneath the surface of the nail body and it's full of blood vessels, which supply nourishment for nail growth.
- Nail root: It's embedded at the base of the nail and where nail growth starts. The growth of your nails is determined by the nutrients it receives.
- Lunula: The semi-transparent half moon at the base of the nail. Helps us see the nail root and matrix.
- Cuticle: The small flap of skin that protects the nail matrix.
Did you know? You should never cut your cuticles, as they are vital to nail health. If they are dry and chapped, the best remedy is to moisturize and soak them. Trimming your cuticles can cause damage and since they protect your nails, they could be exposed to bacteria and other infections.
As I have mentioned before in the "Get to know your skin" and "Get to know your hair" posts, our bodies are a true mirror of our overall health. If your nails are not in their best shape, they might be indicators of health issues or a reflection on your lifestyle and eating habits.
To keep your hands and nails at their best, try massaging them with a nourishing oil once a week. This will keep blood flowing and the nutrients in the oils you are using will replenish and soften! Try putting a drop or two of Lavender, Cypress, Eucalyptus or Rosemary Essential Oils in a tablespoon of a base oil like Jojoba, Avocado or Apricot Kernel to promote nail growth and treat your nails to a homemade spa.
See you next time.
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