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About your nails
Get to know it
Made of dead cells, how lovely. But nails are key in protecting your fingers and toes. Also, the look of your nails sometimes can help tell if you are healthy or sick.
So how do thy grow?
There are three layers to your nails:
- The matrix :Each nail begins growing out of a little pocket under your skin. This is the root of the nail, and it’s called the matrix. It constantlyproduces new cells. These new cells force the old ones to get packed together and pushed up through the skin. By the time the nail pokes out of the skin (where you can see it), those cells are dead. Just like your hair.
- The cuticle: This is a tiny sliver of skin where your nail grows out of your finger. It protects the root or the matrix from germs. Keep it soft by applying hand cream or oil .
- The lunula: The small, whitish, half-moon shape that you sometime see at the bottom of your nails is called the lunula(pronounced loon-yoo-la). It’s actually part of the matrix.
- Fingernails grow very slowly (toenails grow even more slowly).
- A fingernail will take half a year to grow back if you lose one because of an injury. If you lose a toenail, it might take a year and a half to grow back!Whaaaat!.
- Fingernails also grow faster during the day and in the summer.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Cut your toenails straight across, using a clipper designated for toenails. This will help prevent an ingrown toenail.
- Dry your hands really well after washing them, or getting them wet.
- Rub lotion on your fingernails, especially when your hands feel dry.
- Eating a healthy balanced diet keeps your nails strong.
- Change your socks every day.
- Wear flip flops in public showers and at the pool to prevent infections caused by a fungus that can get in your toenails.
- Bite your nails or pick at the skin around your nails. It can cause an infection and it doesnt look cute..