September 25, 2013 12:00 AM | by Nada Allam
How to Whiten Your Nails
If you're anything like me, then you love nail polish. Playing around with the colors, the nail art etc… However, every now and then, I find my nails weakened and have a yellowish shade to them. If this has ever happened to you, it is usually due to the excess use of nail polish. Personally I hate the yellow color that forms on my nails, and I get quite impatient to wait for a few weeks, nail polishless , so my nails can regain their natural strength and beauty. There are a few remedies you can do to take care of your nails and actually whiten them.
1. Do not put nail polish every week. The constant covering of your nails with a coat of color prevents oxygen from reaching your nail pores. Unfortunately this means from time to time, you will need to go bare. During this time, be sure to take care of your nails and nail cuticles, prepare them for an upcoming manicure.
2. Buffering your nails. Nail polish remover is not the only thing you should do when removing your nail polish, it is just the first step. Next using the nail buffer block, rub your nails, that way you are removing the top dull coat of your nail. Don't buffer too much, you will notice when white powder slowly forms. Once done with the buffering, you should then wash your hands and nails thoroughly, with soap and water. Use a nail brush and scrub your nails, removing the dead parts you just buffered.
3. Lemons, it works like magic. I discovered this remedy while I was preparing a salad dressing once. Later on I did some research and realized that lemons are actually a perfect natural way to whiten your nails. You can squeeze a lemon into a cup, dip a cotton ball in it, and rub it onto your nails. However, my way is after squeezing some lemons for your salad dressing, immerse your finger into the middle of the lemon, and twist the lemon around the nail. Do this process at least twice a week and let the magic work.
4. Toothpaste. Just like toothpaste is used to whiten your teeth, it can be used to whiten your nails. Place some toothpaste onto a nail brush, and rub the brush all over your nails. Let the paste sit on your nails for around five minutes, then wash off with water. Also repeat this process several times throughout the week.
Tip: Invest in a nail buffer block that has four sides to it. File, smooth, buff, and polish. That way you will not need to buffer your nails with a rough nail file, and your nails can shine naturally on the weeks you are going bare.