If you are a smoker or just a lover of bright or dark colored nail polish, I am willing to bet at one time or another, you have cringed at the yellowish tint that has stained your nails. No reason to feel blue about it. Here are some interesting, natural options to help lessen the appearance of that pesky yellow discoloration.
Before you begin, remove any nail polish you may have on your nails, then lightly buff your nail plates with a super-fine grit nail file to remove small amounts of the yellow. Note: whenever buffing the tops of your nail, the strokes should go in one direction only, or in a criss-cross pattern starting from cuticle to tip, not side-to-side.
Then try one of the following ideas:
- Soak your fingertips in a bowl of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Sit for 5 minutes or so.
- Mix a paste of baking powder and lemon juice and apply to each nail. Allow to sit 5 minutes or so.
- Mix a paste of 3:1 baking soda and [3%] hydrogen peroxide. Apply to nails with a cotton swab. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
Wash your hands under running water using soap and a nail brush or old tooth brush to help remove the loosened debris. If after drying your nails, there is still slight yellowing present, try applying a dab of buffing cream (this is a nail cream with a super-fine grit) to the nail plate. Then buff your nails lightly with a chamois cloth style buffer. Again, whenever buffing the tops of your nail, the strokes should be gentle and go in one direction only, or a criss-cross pattern starting from cuticle to tip, not side-to-side.
Be sure to follow up with cuticle oil and hand lotion, as these methods can dry your skin.
I found these tips in an industry magazine for nail technicians. I would love to hear back from any of you who give these approaches a try. Sharing knowledge is beneficial to all.
Until next time, remember to take care of you!