It can happen fast or slowly, but one day both men and women could notice that their nails have a yellow color. There are many possible causes of this phenomenon, but the most common one is an extensive use of nail polish.
The first step to prevent it occurring is to always use a clear base coating before applying a colored polish. This way there is a barrier between your innocent nails and the pigments that will slowly change the color of your nails for the worse.
If you follow this rule and nevertheless notice a strong yellowing of nails there is a possibility of a more serious cause. Smoking, liver diseases, fungal infections or simply poor living can all be behind the yellow nail problem. Unfortunately, because nails are not a living part of your body the treatment of the yellowing can take some time. It is best to treat the cause and then to simply wait for the nails to grow anew in a more natural color.
Presented below are effective home remedies that will help you and speed up the process of returning your nails to normal.
Thanks to its astringent qualities lemon juice will naturally bleach your nails and revitalize the skin around them as a bonus. Simply fill a small bowl with lemon juice and soak your nails in it for up to fifteen minutes before scrubbing them with a soft toothbrush and rinsing them with lukewarm water. Repeat two times a day for a few weeks for best results.
2. Apple cider vinegar
If you suspect that a fungal infection is the cause mix apple cider vinegar and water in equal measures and soak your nails in this mixture for twenty minutes. Remember to pat them down with a towel thoroughly afterwards. Two or three applications a day for a month will not only treat the discoloration, but also promote nail growth.
Nails have a very complex structure and it is quite possible that any faults in them are a result of insufficient trace elements and vitamins in your body. Try to adjust your diet to include more fresh fruits and take supplements to regulate the balance of vitamins in your body. This will not only help you with your nails, but also with overall health and wellbeing. Vitamins B and E, zinc, iron, calcium are all know to influence the state of your nails so think about ensuring that you provide a sufficient supply to your body.
4. Orange peels
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamins and additionally their peels are superb for nail care. Simply rub the inside side on your nails for a few minutes once or twice a day for a few weeks for visible improvement.
5. Essential oils
They not only smell great, but can also help you in this difficult situation. By combating fungal infections tea tree oil is excellent in removing yellow smudges from your nails. Dilute it with water and then simply apply to the nails and skin around them and you will not have to wait long for a noticeable change in the color of your nails. Repeat it twice daily for best effects.
6. Baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
For rapid effects a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide should do the trick. Both of these substances have bleaching and exfoliating properties that will help clean your nails from the yellow stains that plague them. Mix two and half tablespoons of baking soda and a tablespoon of three percent hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Remember to only use the three percent version of hydrogen peroxide or you risk severely damaging your nails. Using cotton swabs or pads apply the mixture on your nails and leave it for four minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. This procedure should only be repeated once in at least six weeks to avoid damaging the nails. Nevertheless, it should bring immediate results so if a big day is coming remember this treatment for the emergency.
7. Juniper berries
For ages these berries were used as a disinfectant and you too may use them to your benefit. Simply crush a tablespoon of them and add them to a bowl of warm water before soaking your nails for around twenty minutes. Rinse them with warm water after that and apply a moisturizer. Doing this every day before going to bed for a few months should improve the state of your nails greatly. So take heed of this ancient but effective treatment that was probably also used by Queen Cleopatra.
It is likely that almost every toothpaste is marketed as having a “whitening” effect and the same quality can be used at a different target than your teeth. That’s right, two or three times a week when you brush your teeth you may also apply the toothpaste on your nails to nicely bleach them. Leave it there for around ten minutes before scrubbing it off gently and rinsing with lukewarm water. After a month your nails should look a lot better.
Listerine is also an effective treatment for fungal infections thanks to menthol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and thymol that are contained in it. A mixture of half vinegar and half Listerine is an excellent method of annihilating fungal infections, simply soak your nails in it for half an hour daily for a week.
10. Proper care
It is worth noting that simply caring for your hands better can help in the mild cases of nail yellowing. Thoroughly washing hands at least a few times a day, applying a moisturizer daily, cleaning under the nails to prevent fungal infections and never biting your nails will all prove helpful.
All these treatments are effective and time-tested, but only with dealing with minor or close to skin causes of nail yellowing. If after trying them you see little or no effect a visit to the doctor would be a correct course of action to check for any sort of disease that may have such a side effect.