How to Whiten Fingernails with Home Remedies
Well maintained and manicured fingernails are essential to reflect a good personal image. However, factors such as tobacco, touching certain substances and chemical compounds contained in commercial varnishes can make our nails acquire a very unflattering yellow colour. To restore and recover the original colour of the nails and have healthy and beautiful looking hands there are some very effective home remedies and tricks. Discover how to whiten fingernails with home remedies in this OneHowTo article.
Lemon is a natural ingredient with powerful bleaching properties, reason why it is commonly used in beauty treatments to lighten skin. To whiten nails with lemon you just have to add 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of water to a bowl. Completely immerse the nails in the mixture for 5-10 minutes. To finish, rinse hands with warm water.
If you prefer a simpler method, cut a slice of lemon and gently rub it on the fingernails and the skin around it. Let the lemon act on the nails for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Another excellent formula to whiten fingernails and completely remove the yellowing is by preparing a mixture of lemon juice and milk. This mixture is also ideal to strengthen nails. Mix a small amount of both ingredients in a bowl and dip your nails in it for 5 minutes. Leave to dry and rinse with warm water.
White vinegar is commonly used to remove the toughest stains from clothes, but it's also a great home remedy to whiten yellow nails. If you want to try this add half a glass of water to about three tablespoons of white wine vinegar and dip your hands in it for 5-10 minutes, approximately.
Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda provides good results as a natural whitener for nails. Mix equal parts of baking soda and water, dip a cotton wool ball in the mixture and rub this on the nails. Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Sodium bicarbonate is a quite aggressive polish, so you can later apply with a cotton ball a little olive oil to hydrate the nails and keep them healthy.
Similarly to how they help whiten teeth, toothpastes with whitening action can also serve for nails. Apply a small amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush and rub your nails carefully, starting with the yellow areas.
It is also possible to whiten fingernails with aloe vera gel. It is a product that can help restore the natural tone of the nails, while protecting them against bacteria and other external agents. Simply apply some aloe vera gel on nails and rub gently to start noticing the difference.
Finally, you can also whiten your nails with garlic. To do so, you'll have to create a special nail polish. Put some transparent nail polish in a small container and add some chopped garlic and some drops of lemon. Leave it stand for a week and after apply a layer once a day for two weeks. You'll see the results.
Since you're going to leave the nail polish stand for a week it shouldn't smell like garlic. However, if you want to remove the smell from your hands, check this OneHowTo article on how to make your hands stop smelling like garlic.
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