Inspired by October being the 10th month of the calendar year, our blog series this month is “10 Things to Know About…”
In each post, we will let you know about 10 facts or tips about each topic, which will vary. In honor of our product of the month, Dermanail (What is DermaNail?) here are 10 Things to Know about Nails!
1. Nails are made out of keratin, which is a type of protein. Keratin is also found in horses’ hooves & rhino horns.
2. Children’s nails grow very quickly! Around puberty, the speed of nail growth decreases by 50%. Pregnant women also typically experience a higher rate of nail growth.
3. Finger nails grow 3-4 times faster than toe nails
4. Fingernails grow 3 mm per month on average. It takes approx. 3-6 months to grow cuticle to tip!
5. The cuticle protects newly formed nail cells from damage and prevents bacteria & infection from getting into the nail bed (the skin below the nail). Because of this, dermatologists do not recommend having your cuticles removed during a manicure or pedicure.
6. Wet nails are weaker and more likely to splinter or break. Your mother wore gloves when doing the dishes or gardening for a reason!
7. Nails that are too dry can also be brittle. After washing your hands, rub some hand cream into your nails to help moisturize the cuticle & keep it healthy (additional bonus – the skin on your hands will also be soft, smooth & healthy!)
8. Nail polish remover dries out nails, especially if it contains acetone. Try not to use remover more than once every other week and always follow up with a moisturizer.
9. Filing your nails with an emery board helps prevent breakage and rips. File when the nails are dry (as wet nails are weaker) and in one direction (instead of the common back-and-forth seesaw style)
10. Artificial nails? Every 2-3 months, dermatologists recommend that you let your natural nails “breathe” for a few days before re-applying the artificial nails (including acrylic, gel & nail tips)
For More Information on Nails & Nail Care:
Mayo Clinic – Nail Care http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/basics/nail-care/hlv-20049421
Mayo Clinic – Do’s and Don’ts for Healthy Nails http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/nails/art-20044954