The beauty industry is full of suggestions on improving every aspect of your appearance – the way your skin looks, the silky texture or color of your hair, and your nails. But the truth is – there's more to your nails than you think.
The actual appearance of your nails can give you insight into what's going on inside your body. We're going to break down three common nail signs and what they mean. Plus, we'll include a few remedies to help you grow strong, healthy nails.
Brittle nails are one of the most frequent nail complaints and fall within two categories:
Brittle nails can also occur from:
2. Splitting or Peeling
When you have dry hair, you see split ends. When your skin is dry, you may notice tiny cracks. And your nails are no different.
If your nails are peeling, consider the following:
Two types of ridges, or furrows, can form on your nails:
Vertical ridges are more common than horizontal. For many, it's a normal part of the aging process or from improper digestion. For others, it could indicate a deficiency of fat-soluble nutrients or vitamin B.
Horizontal ridges often crop up after you experience physical stress. These ridges could be from an illness, medication, surgery, or malnutrition. It could also be a sign of a more severe condition. If you notice horizontal ridges on your nails, it's best to get them checked out.
The Do's and Don'ts for Optimal Nail Care
Are your nails showing any of the signs above? If so, here's what you can do:
What Are Your Nails Telling You?
How your nails look and feel can give you valuable insight into what's going on in your body. Whatever your nail issues may be, keep an eye out and consider supporting them with one of the above tips. Your nails – and body – will thank you.
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