Ever Wondered What the Half Moon Shape On Your Nails Means? The Answer Is More Important Than You Think!

Our fingernails and toenails are more than just a canvass that we can adorn with pretty nail polish and do our regular cleaning duties. Nails, as small as their part in our bodies, have bigger reasons why they are put there. Although we often take our nails for granted – in the overall health sense – they actually mean more to our health than we know.

Our nails reveal a lot about our entire health. In Chinese remedies and even in conventional medicine, the status, color and health of our nails are said to reflect our health and possible underlying diseases that have yet to be discovered.

Now, that got your attention, huh?

Healthy toenails

Healthy toenails

Whitening of Nails

If you take a closer look at your nails, you will discover that it has two or three contrasting colors – white, brown (which reflects the color of the skin), and red (which reflects the color of the insides of the nail). In entirety, the nail is actually white in color, or more transparent.

Nails are essential parts of your fingers and toes where there are a lot of nerve endings that it protects. Thus, healthy nails are important, which means it should be strong, it should have a healthy color and the cuticle should be intact to protect the surroundings of the nails.

Crescent-shaped Whitish Area on Nails

Healthy nails

Healthy nails

You’re probably looking at your nails right now and wondering: what is that half-moon whitish shape at the base of your nails? Everyone seems to have that too. Is that some sort of genetic resemblance among people?

The answer will surprise you. First of all, the small whitish area on your nails is called lunula, a Latin word for small moon. The lunula is the most sensitive part of the nail because it is the nail’s root. A damaged lunula would lead to a totally damaged and deformed nail. Whereas, if the damaged area is around the lunula, it will grow back normally since the root is untouched.

As important as it is to our nails, the lunula also holds important information to our overall health. The color of lunula, if it is anything other than white, can reveal certain underlying diseases in our body even before other symptoms can show.

Lack of color of the lunula can signify anemia or malnutrition. Reddish smudges inside or around the lunula may mean cardiovascular problems. Bluish or pale color may mean possible diabetes. Lack of lunula may mean slow metabolism or indigestion.

Tips for Healthy Nails

Healthy toenails

Healthy toenails

Keep your nails healthy by following these simple tips:

  • Soak your fingers into olive oil for about 15 minutes and rinse with water. The minerals from olive oil will keep your nails strong and sturdy.
  • Mix avocado, honey, salt and egg yolk into a paste. Rub the paste into your nails and let it sit for about 30 minutes then rinse with water. Do this twice or three times every week for a strong, healthy and shiny nails.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Your nails will reflect your inner health. Thus, healthy nails mean healthy body.
  • Add supplements to your diet such as calcium, zinc, iodine and vitamin A. These supplements are good for the body and great for the health of your nails.
Healthy nails

Healthy nails

Now you know more about nails and how important it is to our body. By all means, you can still indulge on nail art and all those nail designs, as long as you ensure that it does not affect the nail health. Remember, a lot can be said about your health by just looking into the surface of your nails. So keep your nails fungus free and happy. Use foot files and other nail tools to maintain healthy looking nails.

Healthy feet. How to keep your feet healthy.

An essential part to your day to day well being and comfort, yet something people can often forget about, is maintaining healthy feet. Whether walking, running exercising or even standing still your feet are a vital part of your everyday life and having healthy well cared for feet can help reduce a myriad of potential problems from arising.

Healthy feet

Healthy feet

With twenty six bones and a complex framework of tendons, muscles and ligaments your feet are constantly at work and can fall victim to numerous problems. Cracked skin, fallen arches, ingrown toenails, corns, foot odor, fungal infections and even damaged bones can cause discomfort and reduced mobility.

One of the best ways to keep your feet comfortable and healthy is with a simple regime of daily care that will help your bones, muscles and skin to function properly.

Wash Your Feet Every Day

It might sound simple but even the cleanliest of people can forget to give their feet the proper care and attention when they shower or bathe. Spending a great deal of time in socks and shoes mean that your feet are exposed to a fertile breeding ground for bacteria and washing them daily is the best way to stop the build up of these harmful elements. You don’t need to go out of your way to buy specialist foot wash, just make sure that you give them a thorough soaping, especially between your toes.

Moisturize

Despite advise to keep your feet dry moisturizing your feet every day can prevent dry, cracked or scaly skin. It is especially important if you live in a hot, dry environment and wear sandals frequently. It’s best to use a lotion containing Cocoa Butter, a natural emollient into your feet every single day.

Wear Socks

Not only do socks protect your feet but they are also an important part of keeping your feet dry as they absorb water. Keeping damp and sweat away from your feet helps to prevent the build up of bacteria. They also work as an extra layer to absorb and protect from the impact of walking, reducing blisters and calluses.

Simple and easy steps to follow, don’t you think?

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DIY skin care and not so much discoveries.


Everyone have their own secrets when it comes to skin care. Some use olive oil as panacea from everything, some use whatever fridge offers.  But when it comes to me, till this weekend I didn’t have any, sadly but mostly because of my laziness.  Well, once in a while every one had to scream “Eureka”- that was me last night after long and relaxing bath.
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Japanese Pedicure

Today I want to talk about foot. To be exact, about Japanese pedicure.  Japanese pedicure is not just a cosmetic procedure, it also therapeutic. Your skin gets smoother, all the small crackles get treatment, as well as nail plate, and everything including calluses is healed. Besides it has rejuvenating effect on foot skin, moisturizing, nourishing and toning it.
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How many glass nail files do you need?

Have you ever thought how many of nail care tools you need? And how many of them you do actually use?
I am not talking about different nail and cuticle oil, orange sticks and masks and hand gloves. I am talking about nail files, well in our case about glass nail files.

So here we go, counting:
1.    You need a small glass nail file in your purse or bag, so you can use it in emergency situations; outside, at office and so on.
2.    Glass nail file of standard size at home in your bath drawer or on the dressing table.

3.    Big glass nail files to use on your toes; long handle and harder surface will be a great help at DIY pedicure. 4.    Glass scarpers; do not forget about your foot either. Scraper removes hard skin and calluses without damaging skin on your soles. 5.     Glass nail file in your travel manicure set; you do not want to travel without essential tools.And as a result of our counting we ended up having five glass nail files. As for me it is a good and reasonable number of nail care tools to own. And what do you think?

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Most part of the women honestly believes that they do pedicure according to the rules, and therefore there is no need to spend a fortune on salon visit or proper nail care tools. Well, we do use different electronic devices at home, and yet we don’t consider ourselves as electrician expert.


Thus, so called women “knowledge” in pedicure case raises serious doubts among professionals: a lot of women mistake while doing pedicure at home, due to some believes in myths about pedicure. Let’s clear things out…

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How to Get and Keep Sexy Summer Legs – Care and Pedicure Tips

During the summer our lovely legs and feet are twice stressed; firstly, hot weather and lack of liquids lead to discomfort and water retention; secondly wearing high heels all the time causes negative effect on spinal column, therefore comes this feeling of heaviness and even pain.
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How to treat nail diseases (Part 3)

Most unpleasant thing that could happen to your nails, not very pleasant theme to discuss, but as they say “in for a penny, in for a pound”, let’s begin today’s topic nail fungus.

As you understand, nail fungus images are disturbing, that is why I’m not posting any.
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