Yellow nails?

Painting your nails too much? Are your nails left with a slight yellow tinge after removing your polish? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  I did a little research to find some answers.

Based off research by Discovery Health, yellowing of nails comes from the nail lacquer color.  Your nails, although hard, are very porous.  Whenever you paint your nails with that hot candy apple red or purple grape color, chemicals used for red tints, like iron oxide, can seep into and stain your porous nails.  How do you get rid of the color you ask? It’s actually really simple.

1. Base coats.  If you’re already in the nail lacquer game, you know to always start with a base coat.  This may not fully prevent yellow tinge, but it does keep it at a minimum.

2. Sources say to change cotton pads/balls frequently to avoid reapplying the color.

3. Bleaching.  Not as serious as it sounds.  This bleaching technique is a great home remedy and it takes almost nothing.  One tablespoon of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and 2 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda makes a paste that can be used under the nail tips and on the nail bed.  Allow the paste to rest on the nail for approximately 3 mintues and rinse with warm water.

4. Time heals all. Instead of removing nail lacquer and immediately applying a new color, wash hands to remove the nail polish remover and let your nails rest for a day or two.

5. Marie Claire magazine suggests using lemons to fade the yellow color. not sure about this one, but it’s worth a try.

That’s it for today!

Happy polishing!


One thought on “Yellow nails?

  1. Awesome! I always thought it was a not enough air thing…but I painted my nails blue and they’re stained a horrible blue-ish green. Going to rite-aid to buy me some base coat after I bleach my nails! Thanks!

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