The nails of healthy adults are a healthy pink color, have no ridges or abnormal textures, and grow at an average rate of about 3.5 millimeters each month.
When your nails are not a healthy pink color, have ridges, splitting, or dryness, and/or have stunted growth, it’s important to investigate the reason.
More often than not, unhealthy nails are caused by the use of substances that contain toxic, harsh chemicals such as traditional nail lacquers, bleaches/detergents, and hand sanitizers. Trauma - such as slamming your fingers in a door, stubbing your toe, or increased wear and tear due to lifestyle habits - can also be to blame. (Note: If neither of the above explanations account for your nail abnormalities, please consider seeing your doctor).
When our skin has blemishes, we know to consider the cause - but what’s lesser known is that the same goes for your nails! As living, breathing, parts of our body, they are worth taking notice of.