White nail tips look youthful and healthy. Stained nails can be embarrassing and unattractive. This article will help you with the ways in which you can make your nails look healthy, whiter and better.

By the end of this article, you’ll get to know the causes of yellow nails and staining of nails. You’ll also understand what you can do to remove the staining.

Facts About Nails-

  • Nails are made up of keratin, it’s the same protein you hair is made up of.
  • Nails are living too and the living part of nails is called matrix, its primary function is the generation of cells that build up into nail plate. The whitish and shiny part of your nail is the visible part of the matrix.
  • The fastest growing nail is the nail of your middle finger and the slowest is the thumbnail.
  • Nails grow faster in warmer climates than the colder ones.
  • Typing on a computer can stimulate the growth of your nails as it’s an exercise for your nails.
  • One of the most interesting functions of a nail is to predict internal health.
  • Your diet has a great impact on your nails. (Nails are made up of protein so, a protein rich diet is good for the health of nails. This protein rich diet includes dairy products such as milk, butter, egg, spinach, beef, fish and the list goes on).
  • The growth of your nails will depend on the dominant hand. Example, I use my right hand for writing so, the growth of right hand’s nail will be relatively greater than the left.
  • Nails that are often trimmed grow at a faster pace than those untrimmed.
  • Dehydration not only affects your body internally but it also leads to dry nails.

What Does The Color Of Your Nail Tells About Your Health?

Nails can give you a clue about your health. You can also follow the colour of your nail to predict the health status.

  • Pale nails– Pale nails indicate health problems such as anaemia, malnutrition, and liver problems.
  • White nails with darker rims- White nail with darker rims can indicate liver problems such as hepatitis.
  • Yellow nails-Yellow nails indicate one of the most common problems of fungal infection.
  • Bluish tinted nails– Nails with bluish tint indicate the lack of oxygen in the body and often indicate a lung problem named emphysema.
  • Pitted or rippled nails-Nails that appear to be rippled or pitted indicate inflammatory arthritis.
  • Cracked or split nails- Cracked or split nails are linked to thyroid diseases.
  • Dark lines beneath nails– Dark lines beneath the nails may indicate melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Reasons Behind Discolored Or Yellow Nails –

  • Health Factor-

Nails can reveal a lot about your health. If you do not wear nail paint at all but still your nails are yellowish in colour then it may be a sign of serious health problems like diabetes, thyroid diseases, lung diseases and one of the most common causes of yellowish nails is the fungal infection.

  • Smoking-

Smoking can lead to yellow tint in your nails as the substances like nicotine and tar sticks on to the hands and nails of the one who smokes while holding a cigarette. Often tar( the color substance present in cigarette and tobacco) is responsible for brown stains on nails and nicotine is responsible for yellow stains. These stains continue to grow over years.

  • Use of Nail Paints-

Nail paints use dyes in their formulation. These dyes cause the discoloration of nails and lead them to turn yellow or brown colour.

How To Whiten Nails Naturally?

1. Lemon and Baking Soda-

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Lemon is rich in vitamin C, acetic acid and has natural bleaching properties, these active ingredients make lemon stain fighter. And hence, it is used for whitening of nails.

How to use it-

  • Mix both the ingredients, lemon juice (about 1 tbsp) and baking soda (2-3 tbsp) and make a thick paste.
  • Apply this paste on your nails and with the help of a soft toothbrush just scrub this paste on your nails.
  • Keep it for 10-15 mins on your nails and then just rinse it.
  • Apply a heavy moisturiser on your hands and fingertips to avoid the dryness.

2. Salt and Lemon Scrub

Salt and Lemon Scrub
Salt and Lemon Scrub

Lemon is known for its stain fighting nature. When this stain fighting lemon is mixed with salt, it helps in whitening of your nails along with making it shinier.

How to use it-

  • Mix 1 tbsp of salt in 1 tbsp of lemon juice and prepare a sandy scrub.
  • Apply this scrub on your nail plate and let it rest for 5 mins.
  • Then wash it with lukewarm water. You will see the change in the first use.
  • This method should be followed by moisturiser in the end to prevent the dryness.

3. Lemon Juice and Soap-

Yes, you can use lemon juice with your liquid soap to get rid of stained nails.

How to use it-

  • Just mix the 1/4th cup of lemon juice to lukewarm water and then add 1-2 tbsp of liquid soap and mix it well.
  • Soak your nails in this solution and then rinse well with lukewarm or warm water.
  • Apply heavy moisturiser to your hand to avoid dryness.

4. Lemon Juice-

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Lemon juice can prove to be a lifeguard for white nails. As its stain fighting properties helps to remove the stains naturally.

How to use it-

  • Squeeze two lemons in two mini bowls and soak your nails or your fingertips in this lemon juice for approximately 10 mins .
  • Then rinse your hands with lukewarm water and do not forget to apply a heavy moisturiser on your fingertips and hands.

5. White Vinegar-

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White vinegar can also make your nails white and beautiful.

How to use it-

  • Add one tbsp of white vinegar and mix it with a small cup of water.
  • Soak your nails in this solution for about 5 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. (Don’t forget to moisturise your hands and nails after that).

6. Toothpaste-

Toothpaste
Toothpaste

It just not whitens your teeth but also your nails. You can use any teeth whitening toothpaste or any normal toothpaste that is particularly white in colour. Make sure that the toothpaste is not any gel based or coloured toothpaste.

How to use it-

  • Take a little toothpaste in a soft toothbrush and gently rub on your fingertips and underneath your nails.
  • Keep it for 5 mins and then just rinse it off.

7. Baking Soda

Baking soda can also whiten your nails naturally.

How to use it-

  • Just make a smooth paste of baking soda and warm water.
  • Apply it gently on your fingertips and don’t forget to apply it underneath your nails.
  • Keep it for at least 5 mins and then just rinse it off.
  • Moisturiser is a must after this method.

8. Orange Peel

Orange Peel
Orange Peel

It is yet another kitchen friendly ingredient. It’s a rich source of vitamin C which helps in removing stains from nails. It can be used in two ways-

  • You can rub fresh orange peel directly to your nails two to three times daily. And it will start giving a visible result in 1-2 weeks.
  • Use the dried orange peels. Grind dried orange peel and mix it with the little water to make a thick paste.
  • Leave this paste on your fingertips for 10 mins.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and scrub gently.
  • Wash it with lukewarm water.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar

The malic acid and acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar make it appropriate for removing stains of the nails. It also has an anti-fungal property which will help in treating any kind of nail infection.

How to use it-

  • Mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar in half a cup of lukewarm water.
  • Soak your hands in it for 20 mins and then wash it off with warm water.
  • Followed by a heavy moisturiser.
  • Do it two to three times daily to treat any nail infection or for discoloration of nails

 This remedy will also stimulate the growth of your nails and will make your nails healthy.

10. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide has whitening properties and can really prove to be helpful for whitening of nails.

How to use it-

  • Use 3% of hydrogen peroxide
  • Add 2-3 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide to half cup of water and mix them well.
  • Soak your nails in this solution for about 2 minutes.
  • Using a soft toothbrush, gently scrub the nails.
  • Rinse them with water.

11. Baking Soda and Water-

Baking soda and water when used for whitening of nails can provide results from the first use.

How to use it-

  • Mix 4 tbsp of baking soda to 1 tbsp of water.
  • Make a sandy paste.
  • Apply it on your nails and gently scrub using a soft toothbrush.
  • Rinse it off using warm water.

12. Tea Tree Oil-

Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties this makes it is a good option to fight against yellow nails. The oil could help defeat infection and restore the beauty of your nails.

How to use it-

  • You can directly apply tea tree oil to your nail beds using an eye dropper.
  • Let it rest on your nails for a few minutes (5-10 mins).
  • Wash it off the lukewarm water.

13. Olive oil, baking soda and Lemon juice-

Olive oil, baking soda and Lemon juice.

Olive oil, baking soda and Lemon juice.

Baking soda acts as a fine exfoliant while the lemon juice is a natural acidic lightener. Olive oil will bring moisture back to your nails and will make them healthier and better.

How to use it-

  • Take one tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of baking soda and ½ tbsp of olive oil.
  • Mix them all together to get a paste like consistency.
  • Rub the mixture onto your hands
  • Rinse your hands with lukewarm water.

14. Garlic-

Garlic

Garlic

If your nails are turning yellow because of fungal infection then garlic can be a solution. Garlic is a great way to fight even the most persistent nail fungal infection.Due to its anti-fungal properties and its easy availability, it tops the chart for fighting against nail fungal infection.

How to use it-

  • Crush some fresh cloves of garlic and rub it onto your nails.
  • Keep it for 15-20 mins.
  • Then wash it off with lukewarm water.

16. Listerine-

Listerine mouthwash is not only useful for teeth but also for nails. This can be used for curing yellow nails.

How to use it-

  • Take warm water in a bowl and add about a ¼ bottle of Listerine to it.
  • Soak your fingertips in it for about 20mins.
  • Then wash it off with water.

17. Lemon Essential Oil-

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Lemon Essential Oil brightens up your nails and also moistens your cuticles.

How to use it-

  • Take some oil in a bowl and then soak your nails in it for 15-20 mins.
  • Then you can simply massage in the remaining oil.
  • Keep it on for some time. (approximately 10-15 minutes)
  • Wash your hands with a mild hand wash, followed by moisturising.

18. Vicks-

Vicks you use for a bad throat and cold can cure your discoloured nails too.

How to use it-

  • Apply Vicks on your nails and then massage twice a day.
  • Then wash it off, and the results will amaze you.

19.Onion Peel

Onion Peel

Onion Peel

Onion peel will help in making your nails whiter and will also curb the possibility of fungal growth.

How to use it-

  • Rub an onion peel on your nails regularly. (You can do this while cooking too!)
  • And keep it for some time and then wash it off with regular water.

20. Alcohol-

Alcohol

Alcohol

Maybe overdo of alcohol causes nail discoloration but you can also use alcohol for treating them.

How to use it-

  • Pour alcohol in a bowl and soak your nails in it for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with a mild hand wash.
  • Do not forget to moisturise them.

21. Balanced Diet-

balanced Diet

balanced Diet

A diet can also prove to be beneficial for nails. The way your body, skin and hair needs a balanced diet, in the same way, your nails also need a diet for their health. Include more probiotics like yoghurt in the diet.

The well-balanced diet should also constitute a mix of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It should contain essential vitamins and nutrients that help improve immunity against infections.

Do’s and Don’ts of Healthy Nails

Do’s

  • Do follow a balanced diet-

Nails are made of up protein, so the richer is your diet in protein, better will be the health of your nails. Eating fish, beef, spinach and dairy products which are high in protein are good for the health of nails and body.

  • Do keep your nails and hands moisturised-

One should always apply moisturiser after washing hands. Moisturizing keeps nails and hands healthy, hydrated and glossy. Coconut oil can be used a moisturiser for hands and nails.

  • Do be aware of the products that you are using for your nails-

The products used for styling and decorating nails must be low in its chemical composition as the higher is the chemical content the greater is the harm to natural colour and texture of nails.

Don’ts

  • Don’t use your nails as your tool-

We have a very common habit of using nails as our personal tool. We try to do so much with our nails. Opening the lid of an airtight container, scratching tape around the letters. But this habit can lead to poor health of your nails. The White area of the nails, which is also known as stress area eventually gets weak and brittle while stressing over our nails

  • Don’t peel off nail polishes-

Peeling or scratching nail polishes may lead to damage to your nail bed. It also makes the surface harsh and steals away the shine and natural gloss of your nails

  • Don’t overdo with washing your hands and use of sanitizer-

We often use sanitizer almost every hour in our lives. But excessive use of sanitizer may cause dryness and this dryness can affect the health of nails. Sanitizers should be used carefully and very frequent contact of sanitizer with nails should be avoided.

So let us summarize-

Nails are as important as your skin, hair and rest of your body. They add charm to your beauty.  But the day to day activities is enough to stain them and to make them brittle. So, with a little care and a little concern you can achieve the most beautiful nails.

All you need is a proper diet, a few home remedies and a little distance from your beloved nail paints can make them beautiful, whiter and shinier. Stop treating them as a tool for scratching your head and back and treat them as the asset to your beauty.

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