From the pages of August’s Allure, an article by Kristin Cobb:
Many doctors believe that brittle nails are caused by nail dehydration. But when researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine analyzed weak and strong nails, the water content was similar. People with brittle nails reported more use of hand moisturizers and more frequent professional manicures than those with healthier nails – indicating either that people turn to these regimens to treat their conditions, or that chemicals in the products involved are contributors. Lead researcher Dana Stern suggests keeping nails short to minimize absorption of chemicals, avoiding nail polish removers with acetone, taking 2.5 milligrams of biotin daily, and for any chronic nail problem, seeing a dermatologist.
So here’s my nail story. I started taking care of my nails for two reasons:
1. I was a habitual nail biter and keeping them painted helped me curb the nasty habit.
2. I bit my nails because they were weak, splitting and peeling. A symptom of what I call my “Danny Devito Syndrome.”
Danny Devito Syndrome – Have you seen the movie Twins with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito? In it, the two leads are twins separated at birth. They are the product of genetic experimentation gone awry. Danny Devito’s character was given all the “crap” genes while Arnold was comprised of the genetic material to make him a super-being. Long story short, I got the “crap” when it comes to my physical traits. I have crazy unmanageable hair (that’s already got a few grays *sigh*), the inability to heal like a normal human being (seriously it takes at least 6 months for a scar to fully heal), skin that burns and freckles (regardless of my father’s lovely olive complexion or my mother’s inability to burn), no athletic ability (even though my dad was a super jock back in the day) and weak peeling nails that look nothing like the super tools my mom sports on her tips.
So to make an already long story short (if that’s even possible), manicuring my nails is what keeps them healthy and strong. If I let them go, they’d be a wreck. So the article really doesn’t apply to me but, then again, I’m a genetic freak.