Every woman wants to have naturally white, healthy and shiny looking nails that look "polished" without any nail polish!
But, Let's face it..
There are certain factors and habits that can lead to yellowing or staining of the nails which, we know, can look a bit embarrassing when you are not wearing any nail polish!
Don't fret, with a little effort, you can get rid of the yellow stains on nails easily at home itself. We are bringing you this post about some very simple ways using which, you can whiten your nails and make them look as pretty as ever - even when they are bare!
Check out below the top 5 ways to whiten nails at home.
5 Ways To Whiten Nails At Home
1. Lemon Juice Soak For White Nails
Lemon contains natural bleaching properties that can help to remove the yellow stains from the nails and whiten them. You can directly rub a piece of lemon on your nails or you can make a quick lemon juice soak. Just squeeze some fresh lemon juice into a bowl and dip your fingertips in it for about 10-15 minutes.
Wash your hands with warm water afterwards and apply a moisturizing cream. Repeat this for a few days until you see noticeable results on your nails. Ensure that you remove any nail polish or residue from your nails before trying this. Use our Lime Lush nourishing nail polish remover wipes to get rid of nail polish as well as any dirt or debris on your nails effectively without drying out your nails.
2. Vinegar Soak To Whiten Nails
Vinegar being acidic in nature helps to remove stubborn stains from just any hard surface - even the nail polish stains on your nails!
To prepare a vinegar soak, take 1 bowl of warm water and dissolve 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in it. You have to only use white vinegar for this soak because apple cider vinegar or any other kind of coloured vinegar can end up staining your nails more.
Keep your fingertips dipped in the vinegar soak for not more than 5-10 minutes and rinse your hands with warm water. Finish off by using a skin moisturizing cream.
3. Tea Tree Oil With Olive Oil To Whiten Nails
Did you know - Yellow nails can also be a sign of growing fungal nail infection - medically known as onychomycosis.
Fungal nail infection happens when dermatophytes (skin disease causing fungus) colonize keratin - a type of protein that makes up your nails. It is kind of a serious issue, but it can be healed with natural remedies easily during the initial period.
Tea tree oil is a type of essential oil that is acclaimed for its antifungal properties. It is widely used in skincare products to treat acne or other kinds of skin inflammations. The essential oil can also be used for nails to treat fungal nail infection and get rid of yellow stains on the nails.
As it is an essential oil, it requires to be diluted with a carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil or grapeseed oil. Using olive oil with tea tree essential oil is the best option because it moisturizes cuticles and strengthens the nails while the tea tree essential oil kills the fungus underneath the nails. Apply the mixture of olive oil and tea tree essential oil generously on your nails everyday for 1-2 weeks to see proper results.
4. Mouth Wash To Whiten Nails
The world wide web is full of skincare and nail care hacks that no one could have ever thought of! This is one of them.
Using a mouth wash to whiten nails at home sounds bizarre, but its results say otherwise! A liquid mouth wash is a quick hack for whitening yellow nails and reducing fungal nail infection.
Any liquid mouth wash that has high alcohol % would be a great option for this. Pour the mouth wash on a cotton pad and use it to wipe your nails. Let the excess mouth wash be on your nails for a while before you wash it off with water.
5. Nail Buffing To Whiten Nails
Excessive buffing can lead to thin and damaged nails, but if it is done in the right way, it can reduce the yellowness on the nails by getting rid of the top most layer of the nails on which, the yellow stains are present.
How To Avoid Yellow Stains On The Nails :-
a. Quit Smoking!
If you are a frequent smoker, you are more susceptible to yellow or brown stains on your nails. The tar and nicotine found in cigarettes lead to such stains on the nails and also on the skin surrounding the nail bed.
b. Avoid Acrylic or Gel Manicures
Acrylic or Gel Manicures don't allow your nails to breath, making them more prone to fungal infections. Here is why you should try out our uniquely formulated DeBelle Gel Nail Lacquers with natural seaweed extra that allow your nails to breathe!
Want to know another interesting fact about DeBelle Gel Nail Lacquers?
They do not require any UV nail lamps and hence, they are perfect for a quick, salon like manicure at home.
c. Keep The Nails Sweat Free
Wearing gloves and socks for long hours can make the sweat and bacteria get trapped inside your finger nails and toe nails, causing fungal infections and staining. So avoid wearing them for long periods of time! Wash your hands and feet right after your workout or running session to get rid of the sweat.