If you love wearing nail polish, getting yellow nails is probably not new to you. It’s annoying to see staining like this on your nails, right? You can relate to what I’m saying if you’re using dark polishes more often as some dyes leaves stain on the nail plate. Don’t worry, the following solutions will help you fix your yellow nail problem.
If some topcoats are applied directly into bare nails, it might cause that brown or yellow stains in it. So to prevent getting nail discolorations like this, always make sure to apply base coats before your desired polish. Keep in mind— ALWAYS. Why? Because base coats help in sealing and protecting the nail plate against staining.
Solutions for yellow nails
Use a whitening toothpaste and gently scrub it against your nails with a nail brush. This should do the trick, but if you still have yellow nails, consider coating them again with a whitening toothpaste and let it set 5-10 minutes before scrubbing them once again. It is best to use this method right after removing the polish on your nails. What I mean is like this, you removed your polish and you see some discolorations, then use this method as it will not work on long term stains.
Soak that yellow nails in lemon juice for 10-15 minutes to get rid of stains. You’ll get a noticeable result after doing this method because lemon is a natural astringent which helps in removing stains or discolorations. Repeat doing this for the following days until you’re happy with the results. After rinsing your nails with water don’t forget to apply cuticle oil or a moisturizing hand lotion because lemon can cause dryness to your skin and nails.
Making a paste is another method of using lemon for yellow nails. You may combine one tablespoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of lemon to make a paste-like mixture. Use a Q-tip and coat your fingernails with the paste and let it stay for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it.
Peroxide + baking soda
Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl to make a paste. If the mixture is a bit watery, gradually add some more baking soda. Use a Q-tip and coat your fingernails with the paste, don’t forget to also put some under the tips of your nails. Let it stay for 3 minutes before rinsing. Do this nail bleaching every six to eight weeks. This method is a recommendation from Beautiful Hands and Nails Naturally by Fran Manos, a nail expert.
I haven’t tried it yet, but some people claims that soaking their nails for 15 minutes in a warm water with four denture cleanser tablets gives them great results.
This is a least recommended method, but I still include it in the list. By buffing, you’ll get rid of yellow nails and some stains from the top layer, sure you will. But don’t just buff~~ buff~~ buff, you should not overdo it because it can weaken your nails. If you’re going to use this method whenever your nails are stained, there is a possibility that it will make your nails weak and brittle because you’re sanding off some of the layers of keratin in your nails.
I used to always use this method before whenever I’m doing a diy manicure, I just stopped using it when I realized and found out that it’s the culprit why my nails become weaker. Honestly, I enjoyed looking at my nails after buffing because it looks shiny as if it’s a laminated one.. Hehe 🙂
Periodically, we also need to let our nails to breath. Leaving them unpolished for some time won’t hurt, in fact, it can help to maintain a healthy nail color because you’re allowing oxygen to reach your nail plate. Let them breath and whiten them at least once or twice a week.
Some may wonder why you have to whiten your stained / yellow nails when you can just re-paint them, oh sure, you can! But think about of the days when you want to go with just bare nails or polish-free, clear polish and how about French manicure? It will be a big deal, so prevention is the key.