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Nails are made of six laminated layers of keratin, a protein that's also found in our skin and hair. Nails have an important role to play; they protect tissues, and act as windows to our overall wellbeing. This section provides you with more information about nail health, including how to keep them healthy and identifying nail changes that may indicate a greater health problem. Read on for up-to-date nail care tips, from moisturising your nails regularly to keeping cuticles intact. For those who have weak or brittle fingernails, we’ve included some extra steps to help protect and toughen your nails. If you’re concerned with about any nail abnormalities, see our Common Nail Problems and Treatments page or consult your doctor or dermatologist. Nail beauty is a great way to pamper yourself and lift your spirits. For steps on how to achieve salon-perfect manicures and pedicures at home or to learn about the most flattering nail shape for you – see our Nail Beauty section. We’ve even compiled a list of our favourite nail beauty resources to bring you tips straight from the pros.

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Fingernails are made of six laminated layers of keratin, a protein that's also found in our skin and hair. They grow from the area at the base of the nail under your protective cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and are eventually pushed out toward your fingertips. Fingernails grow 2 to 3 millimetres every month and toenails about 1 millimetre, bu

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Well cared for nails are an important part of a groomed appearance. To keep your fingernails looking their best, follow these simple guidelines: Keep your fingernails dry as much as possible: Wear gloves to protect nails and cuticles from housework, especially when cleaning or using harsh chemicals. Also avoid soaking in the bathtub for too long. Nails and cuticles that

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Apart from regular nail care tips, there are some extra steps you can take to help protect and toughen weak or brittle nails: Use moisturiser every day: Apply moisturiser to your fingernails and cuticles after you wash your hands, as well as just before bed. This helps to smooth away any dryness and keep your nails hydrated. Keep your nails short: Long nails are m

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While serious health issues such as anemia, liver and kidney diseases, and diabetes can show themselves through our nails, the most common problems we see in our fingernails and toenails are often minor – and usually preventable or treatable. Below is a description of some of the most commonly seen nail problems, and information on how they can be treated. Fungal infectio

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