The Basics - Healthy Nails & Cuticles

By Kavuli Nyali - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Do You Know Your Nails?

Nail Diagram
Nails are formed largely from keratin, which is a protein found in the skin and the hair. Beneath the matrix– that's the part of the nail that looks like a half moon on your finger and toes the half -new skin cells are constantly being formed. The newly-formed skin cells push the older cells forward, where they harden and form a nail. They are always growing, but we aren't always able to retain the length due to improper care and use of the nails. And well who doesn't want long nails? An if you don't want long nails, you most certainly want them to be healthy and strong.

Signs That My Nails Are Healthy

  • Nails are uniform in color
  • Nail plate should be smooth with no evidence of ridges or grooves. 
  • Vertical ridges running from the cuticle to the nail tip become more common with age and are not a cause for concern. 

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