Have you noticed a white crescent shape at the base of your nails? It’s called a moonlight, which means a small moon, and it’s very important for the health of your nails. Looking at your moonula, you can learn about your health.
How your nail grows
Under the skin covering the base of the nails is the root or nail matrix. It is the root where new nail cells are made and it is the only place where the nail is alive. If the root is damaged, the nail will become permanently deformed, so it is important to protect it. The skin around it protects the root from water and bacteria that can damage the nail when it is formed. Root condition, cuticles and moonules are all important indicators of your health.
A normal nail has a clearly visible crescent shape of a moonula and a pink nail bed. There is a part of the nail where the nail grows in the moonlight. As the new nail grows, the nail cells are compacted downwards so they can be stronger. While blood vessels under the nail bed usually make the nail pink, they are harder to see in this area and look white. A strong, white moonlight is considered to be a sign of a rich flow of blood to the root. It also indicates a healthy and energetic person with strong immunity. A white moonlight means that you have a good circulation, which is good enough to get to the tips of your fingers and toes.
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