How to Care for Your Nails at Home

The Nails Nobody Knows

Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen trying to find somebody just anybody who knows anything about nails. Because fingernails (and one assumes toenails, too) seem to be the stepchildren of the beauty world. Which is sad, since they are the best indication of one’s general state of health. And the general state of health is what is going to determine your beauty.

I have problem nails of my own, which is one reason I’ve been on a nail crusade for so long, only to find out that the medical profession, once again, seems to know little more than I do about what makes them healthy and strong, or unhealthy and brittle. I’ve checked out companies that manufacture nail products, dermatologists, skin specialists, and general physicians and the answer almost always comes up, “We just don’t know.”

One reason there seems to be so little concern about nail health (a dangerous lack of concern, if you ask me) is that people worry, according to one researcher, if their hair looks frazzled or if their skin breaks out. But if their nails break off, they chalk it up to bad luck and let it go at that, little knowing the health implications. For if your nails are O.K., you’re O.K. and the reverse applies as well.

Therefore, we have very little information to work with when it comes to nails. We do know that they’re made of I’ll give you less than one guess protein. Just like everything else. And, therefore, protein can go at the very top of your list of things that make nails hard. For the nail is actually a horny extension of the skin (sounds hideous; if properly cared for, looks beautiful) and should be treated in exactly the same way you would treat your face namely, with care.

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