• What You Can Tell About Someone From Their Skin, Teeth, Hair and Nails


    A Sherlock Holmes-style approach to assessing health and lifestyle through looking at skin, teeth, hair and nails.

    Sherlock Holmes is one of the most enduring and popular literary characters of all time and has enjoyed countless incarnations and adaptations. One of his most interesting qualities that has no doubt contributed to this popularity is his ability to use ‘deduction’ in order to quickly ascertain a number of key facts about a suspect from simply looking at them.

    Of course there is a strong element of fantasy involved in this ability, and most of us know better than to ‘judge a book by its cover’ – even using a ‘scientific’ approach. That said though, there are certainly some things you can tell from looking at someone, and particularly from looking at their hair, skin, teeth and nails. These parts of our body are telling of our health, of our activities and of our temperament, so what might yours be saying about you? Read on to find out how complexion and hygiene allow for some impressive deductions.


    Of course teeth immediately tell us a fair amount about someone’s hygiene, lifestyle and diet. Someone who cares a lot about their appearance is unlikely to let their teeth deteriorate and so the opposite can also be said for someone who is less interested in the way they look.

    But failure to maintain your teeth will only lead to visible signs of deterioration when there is something there to degrade them. Lots of fillings can possibly tell you that that person eats a lot of sugary sweets, browning might tell you that they drink a lot of tea or coffee, while yellowing can point to smoking. Bad breath suggests they don’t drink enough water, while chips in the tooth may suggest that person gets into fights or plays contact sports.


    Our nails can similarly show whether we are inclined to look after our appearance or happy to let it slide. This is a great indicator of overall hygiene and the importance placed on appearance. At the same time finger nails can also show signs of biting which might indicate a nervous disposition (and possible oral fixation), as well as being damaged from other activities – such as digging or manual labour which might give you a good indication of a person’s career. Long fingernails tell you that the person doesn’t often have to use their fingers in a dexterous manner.


    Hair is a good indicator of health as well as recent activities. Thinning hair or damaged looking hair suggests a diet that lacks essential vitamins and minerals, while dishevelled hair of course suggests recent vigorous activity.


    The condition of our skin says a lot about our hygiene and our diet – with sugary and acidic foods again being more likely to result in acne. Stress and blood pressure can affect the evenness of the skin tone, while sun spots show signs of a youth spent sun-worshipping (and thus perhaps a vein youth). Of course scars can also be indicators of past traumas.

    As you can see then, your skin, teeth, hair and nails say an awful lot about who you are. Decide what you want to say, and consider dental implants or moisturisers to help create your look and your story.

    The author of this post, Karen Fernandes, is a freelance blogger who enjoys sharing her insight on health and wellness online. Her hobbies include gardening and pottery. You can follow her on Twitter for more information.

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