7 Ways Your Nails are Trying to Tell you Something

Our nails are incredible things. Not only are they geniously designed to help us pick things up, they also help to protect our fingers and toes from harm. These days, many people – women in particular – love to use their nails to show off their own unique style. Whether it’s through the colours and patterns they paint on their nails, or through the length and style they are shaped into.

What you might not be aware of is just how useful your nails are, when it comes to understanding your health and your body. Changes in the appearance and texture of your nails could mean that your body is lacking certain vitamins and minerals, or even show that you have developed an illness or infection.

The infographic below comes from Vitabiotics, the UK’s number one vitamin company. The helpful guide shows some of the common signals that your nails give you, to highlight any health issues or areas that need addressing. They also offer support on how to resolve the issues, ensuring that you and your body, especially your nails, are looking and feeling their best.

 

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Christmas stocking fillers from Semilac

Semilac is a Polish beauty beauty brand that is one of the market leaders when it comes to gel polishes, and is now gaining ground in the UK due to its high quality products and very affordable prices. The products, which are also used in many salons, range from the special hybrid nail polish which combines gel, UV and nail polish properties and is currently advertised by Amy Childs, to more traditional polishes and nail treatments. Semilac may be the new kid on the block when it comes to UK nails, but it is certainly gaining ground quickly.

When it comes to nails, I am a red polish girl. I love deep red nails, with Gitane by Chanel being my colour of choice, although I do use other reds too. I was really interested to try one of the Semilac reds, especially as the price point was a fraction of that paid for Chanel. My nails are not in great condition – using a computer for so many hours per day is not good for hands, nor is playing in goal with a seven year old, as a consequence, my nails are brittle and currently quite short. Therefore red nails are perfect as I often think they look better on shorter nails – less vampish, but still stylish.

Semilac Intense Red £4.30 Click to visit Semilac

Semilac Intense Red £4.30 Click to visit Semilac

The red I went for was Intense Red. This costs just £4.30, but promises quite a bit for your money. The bottle itself is very attractive with a lace effect glass, and the applicator is a quick thick brush, which I like as it means that nails can be painted quicker. Semilac say this polish offers:-

• Easy application
• Long lasting results
• Hassle free removal
• Glossy finish
• Protects your natural nail
• Vibrant colour choice
• Salon quality nail polishes

I have to say that I agree. The polish was easy to apply with that thicker brush, and the finish was glossy and shiny. My nails actually feel harder with this on, and so far I have gone four days with no chips – that may actually be a record for me.

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Another great product, and one which would make a great gift for a beauty lover, is the tropical manicure oil which has a beautiful peach fragrance. This product, which again costs less than £5, is perfect for keeping your nail beds in tip top condition using a range of vitamins and minerals that will avoid your nail beds drying out. With an applicator brush, this is again very easy to use and is something that would help your nails between manicures.

 Tropical manicure oil - peach 12 ml £4.99 Click to visit Semilac


Tropical manicure oil – peach 12 ml £4.99 Click to visit Semilac

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Semilac are offering something different to the nail market, great quality products with many prices under £5. Another idea for filling a Christmas beauty hamper.

 

Why You Should Pay Closer Attention to Your Fingernails

There are a handful of surface signs that something is going wrong with your body; if your hair starts falling out, your skin gets red and flaky, or your eyes become discolored, you know you should see your doctor right away. Yet, there is one other home-grown tool to help you determine whether your health is out of whack: your nails.

In many ways, your fingernails are excellent diagnostic instruments. Because they grow so quickly, they can tell you (and your doctor) almost exactly what is going on inside you, and you can receive the treatment you need to feel better faster. Here are a handful of nail-related signs and symptoms that could mean something is seriously wrong with your health.

Brittle Nails

Like your hair and skin, your nails can lose their strength and become dry and brittle. Not only do dry, brittle nails look unappealing, but they are also at a higher risk for cracking, which is extremely painful and can take some time to heal.

Sometimes brittle nails are the result of vitamin deficiency ― particularly vitamins A, C, or biotin ― but more commonly, your nails are peeling and cracking thanks to your lifestyle. If you spend much of your time with your hands in water, using harsh chemicals (including nail polish remover), or dwelling in regions with high humidity, you could develop brittle nails. At the very worst, your brittle nails are symptoms of a serious thyroid disease, and you should visit the doctor immediately.

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Clubbed Nails

Clubbing is a condition that pertains to fingers and toes, but most people first notice clubbing by changes to their nails. If you are experiencing clubbing, the tips of your digits might start to enlarge and turn red and warm, which will cause your nail to curve downward and your cuticles to stick out at an odd angle.

Clubbing is always evidence of low oxygen in your blood, which is incredibly dangerous. Usually, when a doctor sees clubbing, he or she diagnoses serious heart or lung diseases, which require substantial lifestyle changes to overcome.

Curved Nails

Also called “spoon nails,” nails the curve upward at the edges are inconvenient as well as unattractive. When your nails are snagging at fabric, scratching wood and paint, and even wounding yourself, you need a fix fast.

Fortunately, curved nails are most often associated with anemia, which is a simple iron deficiency. Consuming more iron, either in your diet or through supplements, should resolve your problem. However, if the curving persists, you should see your doctor about potential heart or thyroid issues.

Spotted Nails

White spots anywhere else on your body might be a cause of concern, but when you see white spots on your nails, you don’t need to worry at all. The spots are called “leukonychia,” and despite popular believe that they signal a calcium deficiency, they actually are the result of some long-past minor trauma to your nail bed. As your nail grows out, the spots should disappear on their own.

Ridged Nails

Nail ridges form according to a person’s DNA, which means for the most part, your ridges are a natural and unique part of you. Vertical ridges in particular are a common development of aging and pose absolutely no cause for concern.

However, white horizontal ridges, known as Mees’ Lines, have several acute and chronic causes which you might want checked by a doctor. Most often, horizontal ridges are due to the same type of trauma that causes harmless white spots, but illnesses that cause high fever, like pneumonia or scarlet fever, can also bring about ridges in the nails. However, Mees’ Lines are also caused by long-term arsenic poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other potentially unknown health problems that require immediate medical attention.

Conversely, your horizontal ridges might take the form of Beau’s Lines, which look more like deep grooves in the nail. In this case, you could be suffering from an underlying, untreated disease, like diabetes, psoriasis, or a circulation problem that requires medicine to remedy.

Yellow Nails

Usually, nails turn yellow thanks to stains in your environment. If you constantly paint your nails or use acrylics, your nails will eventually turn yellow. Alternatively, smoking is a common cause of yellow nails because the tar in tobacco and smoke adheres to the fingers holding the cigarettes. In both cases, taking a break from the activity will give your nails a chance to clean up. If smoking is your vice, you can make a switch to smokeless e-cigarettes while your nails regrow. In addition, taking B12 supplements helps to hasten nail growth so your stains don’t last long.

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White Nails

It’s natural that your nails have a strip of white at the ends, but when your entire nails turn white with a strip of pink at the top, you must see your doctor immediately. Called Terry’s Nails, this inversion of healthy nail color is a sign of your organs shutting down. In particular, white nails signal heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas failure, and you need all of those to survive.