Weather linked to fingernail quality!
August 27, 2009
New fingernail research has pointed out that the weather is an important factor in the quality of our fingernails. British researchers found that a humidity of 55% will lead to strong, lengthy nails.
While a lower humidity will make you fingernails more brittle; a higher humidity will make your fingernails more bendy!
Researcher Dr Stephen Eichhorn said:
“We have found that fingernails cope remarkably well over a range of humidities – but it is best not to get them completely dry or wet. At an average of 55pc humidity, which is what you would experience normally, it appears nails have their optimum mechanical properties, and resist bending.”
“The mechanical properties of fingernails are important because of their impact in preventing damage and in maintaining their appearance. ‘In particular, knowing the effect of local environmental conditions can tell us how they might best be protected.”
The research team presented their work in a recent issue of The Journal of Biomechanics.
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