Nail yellowing can be caused by quite many things, like nicotine from your cigarette if you are a smoker, or from fungal infections as well as from the nail polish themselves. These are the more common reasons why your nails might suddenly turn yellow. When fungus attacks your nails and leaves them infected, they sometimes change into all kinds of color and yellow is one of them.
For those that don’t smoke and paint their nails often, you might wonder how it is you still get yellow nails. The use of color polish is the culprit, and in the case it is because you don’t protect the base of your nails with some form of coating before applying all the flashy colors on it. Let’s see how your yellowing nails can be taken care of…
- Base Coat
Applying base coat on your nails before painting proper is highly advisable, because apart from protecting your natural nails from discoloration, it also helps your nail polish last as long as it is supposed to.
- Use Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a popular natural treatment for yellowing fingernails, but it doesn’t just varnish the yellow on your fingers immediately because it’s a sort of treatment measure and it might take days or weeks to see the full effect. You can either soak your fingers into extracted lemon juice or soak the juice in wool and dap on your nails, making sure enough of the liquid is absorbed. Repeat this process everyday and make sure to moisturize your hands and nails after.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide has some cleansing and whitening components, which makes it an efficient and effective means of removing those yellowish colors from your once beautiful fingernails. The mixture should be one part of peroxide to three parts of water, i.e. the water has to be three times greater than the peroxide. Make sure to moisturize your hands and nails afterwards, because peroxide causes the hands to dehydrate.
Whitening toothpaste can also be used on the fingers to clean and whiten the fingernails, just the way it is used on the teeth. Squirt the toothpaste on your fingers and gently brush across it with a soft toothbrush, when you are done, allow it to sit for about 10 minutes so the nails could absorb the paste properties and then wash off. Repeat this process daily till you get the required result.
- Buffing & Oiling
Buffing entails gently but persistently scratching off the surface of the discolored fingernails. This must be done gently to avoid weakening the fingernail in the process. Also if your nail yellowing is as a result of fungus, you could apply some essential oil to the nails before or after buffing. Dropping lavender and or Tea tree oil on your nails everyday would help get rid of the discoloration.
All the measures mentioned above for getting rid of yellowing of the fingernails are known to work with continuous application and usage, so patience is essential.