Most of us tend to take our nails for granted, not giving them much beyond a passing thought. All we want is a beautiful manicure.
Intrigued? Here are 12 interesting things you might not know about your nails.
1. White spots on your nails doesn't always signify a vitamin deficiency or disease.
2. Fingernails grow an average of 3.5 millimetres per month.
3. Nails are made out of the same stuff as hair, both nails and hair are made up of keratin just put together in a different way.
4. Men's nails grow faster than women's nails ( except for when woman are pregnant )
5. Nails are what separate the primates from the mammals.
6. Nail biting is called onychophagia.
7. You should let your nails breathe between manicures! Believe it or not, that hard thing on the tip of your finger is living tissue, and oxygen does penetrate through the nail plate to the nail bed.
8. Nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter
9. Nails are a window to the entire body. There is a huge amount that a well-trained dermatologist can tell about your overall health just by examining nails.
10. Chronic stress and fatigue divert the body's energy and nutrients away from growing healthy nails and hair.
11. Cuticles have a purpose. The cuticle is there to seal moisture and environmental germs out of the body, which is why it's very important not to pick at the cuticle or to let manicurists cut it off.
12. Your nails need blood to survive. Since the nail plate needs blood flow, oxygenation, and nutrients to grow normally, a crush injury can disrupt the delicate microscopic connections that provide the nutrition, and that already growing nail may not be able to recover well enough to keep growing.