Nails reflect the general state of health, so many people begin to worry when they notice some unusual signs on their nails. But is it worth worrying if the nails become transparent? This is what we will talk about today.
Usually the tips of the nails are white and hard, but sometimes it begins to appear "gaps", or becomes completely transparent. And no, I'm not talking about the trendy "crystal nails" that I told you about some time ago. :) While some changes in your nails can indeed be warning signs of health issues, transparent nails shouldn't scare you too much. Most likely, the nails just need a little extra care. In order to understand why the nails become transparent, you need to know that the nail plate is made of translucent keratin protein. The pink nail area that you see on your nails is the nail bed, which nourishes the nail and provides a constant supply of moisture and oils to the nail plate. But the origins of nourishment are in the matrix right behind your eponychium (cuticle line). Lunula (I already told you about it) is the only visible part of your matrix. Once the keratin cells pass through the lunula area, it dies. It dries out and lose their opacity - they become translucent and flatten out, becoming 50 layers of keratin cells that make up our nail. Precisely because the cells are already dead, we do not feel pain while manipulating the nail. Piercings and tattoos on the nails are another confirmation of this. :) The color of the tips of the nails depends on how much internal cellular material remains in the nail plate as it grows. It's usually translucent where the nail bed ends and then turn white because it's no longer fed moisture and oils from that nail bed. So, in simple words - the tips of the nails become white because the nails dry out. And the whiter it is, the more it dried out. Therefore, it is not difficult to guess that the most likely cause of transparent nails is contact with water! Nails that have been kept in water for too long will become soft, overly flexible, and brittle. You can see this effect while in the bathroom for a long time, for example. If the nails have absorbed too much water, it will become transparent. Healthy nails contain about 18% water. Too much moisture can weaken the nail plate, separating the layers of keratin, leading to the problem of flaky nails.
What to do if the nails become transparent?
Hydration. No matter how strange it may sound, you can overcome the negative effects of water with proper hydration. Use a protective, moisturizing hand cream during the day and glycolic acid creams at night. Don't forget about cuticle oil. Also, paraffin therapy for hands is very effective. Wear gloves. I know that many girls do not like to use gloves during household chores. But if you want healthy, beautiful nails, take it for granted that you need to love it. Well, or hire a servant! :) A pair of nitrile or latex gloves paired with a quality jojoba oil is the perfect way to protect your nails and skin from water and other chemicals. And at the same time, you will give your nails and skin a wonderful mini spa treatment! Cover your nails. Nail polish is a strong protective barrier between the nail plate and water. It does not eliminate water absorption, but significantly slows it down. Apply the base and top coat not only on top, but also on the inside of the free edge of the nail. Dry your hands thoroughly. After bathing or washing your hands, dry it well with a towel. But such popular mega-strong hand dryers that are in the restrooms of public places can only harm your hands and dry out your skin. So don't abuse it! :) Now you know the causes of transparent nails, and that for most people this has nothing to do with health problems. But, if you have tried all the options I have proposed and the nails have not returned to normal, you should still visit a doctor.