The human body is truly remarkable, and that’s in no small part because of its extreme complexity. However, it’s sometimes easy to take it for granted. Your body is constantly giving you all sorts of signs—and some of them you might not even know about.

Take the lunula, for example. These are the pale, half-moon-shaped patches under our fingernails that most of us see (and ignore) every day. But did you know these features actually serve some very important purposes? You just might never look at your hands the same way again!

Many of us are aware of the half-moon-shaped patches under our fingernails, but we never really give them much thought. After all, why would we in the first place? They’re just part of our nail beds, right?

While they might be a natural part of our fingernail, that doesn’t mean that they’re any less important than any other part of our bodies. In fact, these areas are actually quite crucial for determining your body’s overall health!

This crescent-shaped patch is called a lunula, which actually means “small moon” in Latin. You can see why it’s given this name! Doesn’t it look just like a crescent moon hanging in the night sky?

If you never noticed the similarity between this part of your nail and the moon in the sky before, you definitely will now! So, what’s the big deal with these fabulous finger features?

You might assume that everyone’s lunulae look the same—how can a semi-circular shape look like anything else on other nails?—but they actually appear in different ways on each person. And if you’re having a hard time locating your own lunulae, that’s totally normal!

For many people, the lunulae are most visible on their thumbs since the eponychium, the layer of skin surrounding the nail, is thicker there. However, if you have particularly fair skin, you still might not be able to spot them…

The lunula is technically the visible part of the fingernail’s root, and it’s crucial to the overall health of the nail. If you can’t see yours, don’t panic! There are other ways to determine the health of your nail; this way is just a bit easier for those who can see it.

So, why exactly does this tiny bit of exposed root matter in your daily life? Well, for starters, if it gets damaged, the rest of the nail won’t grow properly. You’ve likely accidentally slammed your finger in a door before, but if you bump it too hard, your nail could never be the same.

Likewise, according to traditional Eastern medicine, a problem with your lunulae can indicate a wide array of possible medical problems and conditions. Some of these indications have actually translated into Western medicine as well.

For example, the lack of lunulae can be an indication of anemia and malnutrition, while pale or bluish-colored ones can possibly be a result of diabetes. Who knew that you could learn so much about your body just by looking at your nails?

Similarly, reddish lunulae can be a sign of cardiovascular disease or a toxin overload in the bloodstream. If you have a family history of heart disease, you’ll especially want to keep your eye on your fingers!

If you notice a dramatic change like this in your own “little moons,” don’t hesitate to contact your doctor immediately. You might feel a bit silly, but a call like this could be the one to save your life.

In addition to being indicators of overall health, the lunulae can also play a stylish part in the way you paint your nails. Lately, highlighting the little moons has been all the rage in the world of nail art.

Look at how this nail artist has played up the contrast between these two different shades! Both colors would be stunning enough on their own, but when painted this way, they create something truly special.

This nail artist has used the natural lunulae and inverted them to create a flicker of silver that’s absolutely eye-catching. Of course, there are so many other ways to take advantage of this natural nail feature…

Check out this cool idea! It’s kind of crazy that more people don’t paint their nails in this particular way. There are so many different options when it comes to the best way to highlight those lunulae, and this one is definitely a winner.

While it’s definitely fun to explore different ways to highlight your lunulae with nail polish, it’s important that you don’t keep them covered up all of the time, as cool as nail art is. You could be hiding something serious…

If you can’t see the condition of your lunulae, you could overlook valuable clues about your health. Experiment with different ways of painting them all you like, but be sure to take a break from the polish too!

Your lunulae are more than just a fashion accessory, after all. While they might look pretty all on their own, they also give you important information about your health. They are one of the first warning signals your body can give you.

They are a critical way of assessing your own health needs without even having to shell out a dime on high tech medical diagnostic equipment. It doesn’t get much cooler than that, now does it?

From nail to hair, ladies love to get crafty. We paint our faces, curate our outfits, glam up boring household items, and just flat out find ways to make being a woman just a little more awesome. Still, there may be some lady hacks some of us haven’t yet considered!

For a marvelous and, most importantly, even T-zone highlight, use a protractor to create flawlessly straight lines between your brows. For a wilder party look, use different colors and transform yourself into an alien for the night.

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The perfect PMS snack? Everyone knows dark chocolate can boost your endorphin levels to lift your mood, but did you realize bananas reduce cramps and bloating? Luckily those go well together, and you can always add a glass of red wine!

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Sometimes your pants don’t fit, and that’s okay. You could be bloated, constipated, or just gaining a few inches. If you still want to wear your favorite pants, attach the button with a strong hair tie and cover the whole thing with a shirt. You look fabulous.

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If you like using micellar water to clean your face but have trouble applying it evenly without spilling it all over the sink, try this trick: apply the micellar water to a cotton pad and blow on it ’til it turns foamy. Cleansing has never been this easy.

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While some dresses or tops come with belt loops for a tailored look, others leave you with a big flappy end hanging down from the buckle. In this case, try wrapping the belt around itself in a fashionable manner to show off that waist and your sailor’s knot skills.

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It’s hard to get those perfect smokey eye lines, isn’t it? Luckily, spoons are pretty much the same shape as our peepers, so you can hold one over your eyelid and apply along the edges.

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Open-toed boots are a magnificent accessory, but the question is always: to sock, or not to sock? To keep your shoes stink-less without showing off your bright pink socks, cut slits in the socks so your toes to peek out. You can have your cake and eat it too.

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Dry skin leads to itching, and scratching only makes it worse. If you’re out of cream, or your skin doesn’t absorb it well, mix some brown sugar, ground coffee, and coconut oil. Leave the mixture on your skin for 15+ minutes, then feel how smooth and soft you are!

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You feel great when you’ve perfected your make-up to a tee, but now you need to change your outfit! To avoid smudging your face or staining your top, cover your head with a paper (never plastic!) bag. Make sure it’s 100% clean on the inside though…

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Women with larger cup sizes have definitely had a peek-a-boo shirt that simply won’t cover it all. Try adding a new button in the gap, but only on the inside. This way you don’t have a random extra button showing.

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You’re getting up early for a big moment. You smile at yourself in the mirror and notice your teeth are the shade of a lemon! For a quick teeth whitening, brush with baking soda and coconut oil, so you can smile wide with your pearly whites.

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When it’s your time of the month, your biggest fear is likely to stain, well, pretty much anything. To avoid blood stains on your sheets, it helps to lay down a towel underneath you for an extra layer of protection. Now you can literally rest easy.

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Every once in a while, you find a dress in your size, your color, and your fabric, but it just doesn’t flatter your figure. Transform a baggy dress into a ruffled gown that shows off your waist by grabbing the fabric and holding it together with a safety pin.

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Racerback tanks are so cute, but they always show your bra straps. A simple way to avoid this is by detaching your straps in the front, crossing them on your back, and reattaching them. Who knew it could be that simple?

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Not every day is a great hair day, and you simply don’t always have time to wash it. If your roots are looking a little lifeless, clip them together and upwards, then blow dry for a minute or so. You don’t even need hairspray to look voluminous and glorious!

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Summer is a wonderful time. We can finally break out our floral dresses, jean shorts, and maxi skirts! However, walking on hot sweaty days without wearing long pants can lead to painful thigh rubbing. Stop chaffing with a sprinkle of baby powder.

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Whether you have neck pain, a bellyache, or simply desire a warm snuggle in the winter, it’s easy to make a heating pad. Just fill a sock with rice, close it up with a rubber band, and microwave for 2 minutes. Cats will love it, too!

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Have you grown tired of your plain old pantyhose? Pull them over an object that already has a fun pattern (or print out a sheet and roll it up), then go over the shapes with a permanent marker. Bonus: if you’re clumsy, this will cover up any bruises.

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If for any reason your bra doesn’t fit you (your chest has gotten larger, the drier was too hot, you’re borrowing someone else’s), you can extend the clasps with a solid paperclip. Wear a shirt underneath though, so it doesn’t scratch your back.

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To reduce menstruation cramps or indigestion aches, place your feet on the wall while laying on your back and “walk” your legs up and down. This will ease up your whole abdominal area.

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