Nails may turn yellow due to various causes, but two of the most common are smoking and the repeated, regular application of nail polish.
If you suffer from yellow nails, try one of these home remedies to restore them to their bright, beautiful whiteness.
1. Real Lemon Juice
Whitening yellow nails is just one more thing you can do with the juice of a lemon, in addition to making lemonade and using it in baking.
Squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon into a small, shallow bowl. You can also use reconstituted lemon juice – just don’t use bottled lemon juice that has added sugar or contains any artificial flavors, sweeteners, or chemicals. Spend a few minutes letting your nails soak in the bowl of lemon juice. Repeat whenever needed.
After soaking, wash your hands and apply a moisturizing lotion.
2. Denture Tablets
Denture tablets are formulated to keep dentures white and bright, and they can do the same for nails! Simply dissolve the tablets in water according to the directions on the package, and soak your fingernails in the water for a few minutes. Repeat this treatment every day until you have the bright, white nails you desire.
3. Light Buffing
Lightly buffing your fingernails can remove some discoloration from the nails. It also improves blood circulation in the area, which promotes healthy nail growth. However, this process must be undertaken with care.
Be sure you’re using a high-quality buffing tool, and buff in only one direction. Buffing your nails too often or incorrectly can make them weaker, and broken nails are far worse than discolored nails.
4. Whitening Pencils
Did you know that there were nail whitening pencils just for making the tips of your fingernails whiter? Look for them in your neighborhood pharmacy or discount store, near the other fingernail care products. They are easy to use, effective, and inexpensive.
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