How to deal with yellow nails?
In most cases, yellow nails are a result of excessive nail polishing. The pigments in nail polish accumulate on nails, don’t allow them to breathe and cause staining over time. The same applies to nicotine in cigarettes. In other cases, yellow nails are a symptom of a health problem- lack of specific vitamins in the body, fungi, respiratory problems, liver or kidney diseases, even diabetes.
Note that whatever the case is, removing the yellow color of the nails will not happen over night. With the right approach, you can eliminate the cause of the coloring, but you need to wait until your nails grow up again to remove the staining itself. Here's what you can do.
• It is recommended to abstain from nail polishing once in a while. At the same time, you can assist the recovery with some nourishing and whitening procedures.
• Soak your fingers for about 10-15 minutes in a bowl half full with lemon juice. Then, rub gently the yellow areas using a soft toothbrush. Rinse and nourish your hands. Do this twice daily, for a week.
• Apply a specialized cream or lotion for hands and nails after every hand wash. Most commonly, cream’s formula contains valuable vegetable oils and vitamin E, which penetrate the skin and nails and thus nourish, heal and restore the natural fats.
• Take a good care for your manicure. Regular cutting of nails accelerates not only their growth but also their whitening. Instead of nail polish you can apply nail strengthener or rub ampoules of vitamins A and E, as well as castor and almond oil.
• Increase your intake of vitamin E, zinc and calcium. These three nutrients are essential to the strength, shine and overall health of the nails. You can supply them from seafood and fish, spinach, nuts, cocoa and dark chocolate, legumes, meat, seeds, avocados, broccoli, milk.
If the yellow color of your nails is a result of fungi consult a specialist for a treatment. In addition, you can rub your nails daily with tea tree oil, which has a powerful antifungal effect.
When you begin using nail polish again, apply a clear base coat before it. The base coat protects the nails from the coloring chemicals in the nail polish. Choose an acetone free nail polish remover as it is friendlier to the nails.
If your nails don’t get better despite all your efforts, consider a medical examine because the problem might be a symptom of more serious health condition.