Human nails are naturally pinkish white, but due to different reasons, this color can change. Discoloration of the nails can be downright annoying as it may seem as if you don’t practice proper hygiene and nail care. However, having yellow nails can be treated, or even prevented using the following home remedies.
Using things that might well be already available to you at home, we can help you whiten those nails easily. Having discolored nails is nothing to be ashamed of, by following these few simple steps you can turn your nails gleaming white. These tips are recommended for those that do not have an existing medical condition that result to nail discoloration.
Avoid using nail polish
Applying polish to your nails rids it of the natural moisturizer that may cause the nails discolored. By not using nail polish on your nails, you don’t run the risk of having yellowed nails. If you cannot stand having bare nails, allow a few polish-free days between removing the old polish, and applying the new one so your nails have time to mend.
Using lemon juice
Lemon is a natural bleach and astringent. Using this natural agent can yield results, and it is pretty easy to do so. Fill a medium-sized bowl with fresh lemon juice about halfway through. Soak your discolored nails in the juice for about 15 minutes. Then using a soft toothbrush, scrub the yellowed nails gently, once satisfied finish by rinsing with lukewarm water.
This technique may not yield instant results, a few repetitions may be needed. Just keep in mind to not do it more than twice a day to prevent your skin from drying up.
Alternative: if preferred, you can use a slice of lemon and rub it directly into the nail to remove the yellowed parts.
Using Hydrogen Peroxide
As with lemon, Hydrogen peroxide has bleaching properties than can work against nails with stains. Just remember not to overdo it as using this chemical can potentially dehydrate your skin and nails.
Mix water with Hydrogen peroxide; the ideal percentage of hydrogen peroxide in the mixture is 3%. That is about 3-4 tbsps. in half a cup of water.
After mixing well, you have two options: you can either soak your nails and brush the nails with a soft toothbrush very much like described in using lemon, or you can dip the brush in the mixture and rub the soaked brush into the nail. Either way, you can finish this off by rinsing the nails with lukewarm water. This technique cannot be done more than once a week to avoid skin dehydration.
Alternative: as a last resort, you can apply hydrogen peroxide directly into the nails and brush with a soft toothbrush. This is recommended only if the stains on your nails are stubborn.
Using Baking Soda
Baking soda exfoliates and bleaches, thus it can help with keeping your nails white. Though baking soda alone cannot get the job done, it can certainly make it easier. By mixing together 2 ½ tbsps. of baking soda with 1 tbsp. of 3% hydrogen peroxide mixture you should have pasty substance.
Use a cotton ball to apply the paste on the discolored nails. Let it rest for not more than 4 minutes and finish by rinsing with lukewarm water. This process can be done every 6-8 weeks.
Alternative: substitute the hydrogen peroxide mixture with lemon juice and olive oil. Using a soft toothbrush, rub the paste onto the discolored nail and rinse with lukewarm water. This can be repeated every 2 weeks.
Using denture cleaning tablets
These cleaning tablets contain sodium bicarbonate and citric acid which can aid in the removal of different stains. Dissolve at least 3 tablets with warm water. Then soak your hands in the solution for 15-20 minutes. Once dry, you may want to apply some moisturizer into your hands to avoid dehydration. This process can be repeated up to three times a week for two months or until the desired result is achieved.
Yellowed or discolored nails are not that hard to get rid of, these simple steps are tested to be effective if the stains are superficial. However, if the stains are persistent, there might be a bigger underlying problem. If the discoloration is too stubborn, the nailbed is infected, and at the same time accompanied by other health symptoms, it is highly recommended to seek medical attention to ensure your health is in top condition. After all, beauty is superficial but your health is more important. Was this article helpful to you? If so, please do not forget to like and share. Let us hear your about your comments on the comments section.