5 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT NAILS

Doubling, white spots, cuticles … An overview of popular beliefs about nails, from their most frequent problems to their maintenance.

1 – WHITE SPOTS RESULT FROM A LACK OF CALCIUM

False.

Contrary to popular belief, the white spots sometimes seen on the nails are not due to a calcium deficit. Very common, they are the result of a shock inflicted on the nail. Once the nail grows back, the stain will disappear naturally.

2 – THE NAILS ARE DOUBLED DUE TO A POOR EATING

True and False.

Splitting fingernails can be linked to a poor diet. They can also result from a deficiency but also from a shock. To prevent them from being too soft and brittle, it is for example advisable to favor foods rich in iron, zinc and magnesium. In addition, there are now products to strengthen the nail (creams, varnishes) available over the counter.

3 – IT IS PREFERABLE TO CUT THE CUTICLES

False.

Cuticles are essential. Indeed, these small skins located at the base of the nail, and which we often seek to eliminate, protect the nail from infections by preventing bacteria from penetrating to the root. Rather than cutting them, it is better to gently push them back with a small stick.

4 – CONTRARY TO THE SKIN, THE NAILS NEED LITTLE CARE

False.

The nails require as much care as the skin. In order to bring them solidity and health, it is advisable to use a moisturizer for the hands or a cream or an oil specially designed for the nails. Be careful, for more flexibility, the cuticles must also be massaged. We recommend to use some professional nail supplies in order to take care of your nails.

5 – THE NAILS ON THE HAND GROW FASTER THAN THOSE ON THE FOOT

True.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, fingernails grow an average of 3.5 millimeters per month compared to 1.6 millimeters on the feet. Obviously, this speed of growth depends on many factors such as the age, sex or state of health of the person in question.

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