Nail Care

Got Stained Nails? Learn How To Whiten Your Nails!

Having stained nails can be frustrating, no doubt about it! We can prevent it all we want by slathering base coat upon base coat onto our nails but even that isn’t foolproof. Unfortunately for us, some polish colors just seem to have a way of bleeding into your nails regardless of how much protective base you put on. Not cool. Stained nails are also stealthy little things, they always seem to catch you by surprise. All is good and cool until you go about removing your polish a week into your (now worn) manicure- you proceed to rub the polish color away with a cotton pad and a little bit of acetone but wait…did it just leave an unsightly stain on your nails?!

The good news about nail polish stains is that, they can be lessened or removed by various methods. Let’s go over how to whiten your nails, shall we? 😉

How to Whiten Your Nails Tip #1: Whitening Toothpaste

Who knew whitening toothpaste could be used on your nails? Simply mix a bit of your favourite whitening toothpaste with water and gently rub it onto your nails. After covering your nails with the toothpaste, use an old toothbrush to brush the surface of your nails (just like you brush your teeth). This method works best for lighter coloured stains. 🙂

How to Whiten Your Nails Tip #2: Baking Soda and Peroxide

Yes, you can really use this white stuff to whiten your nails! To do this, first pour a small amount of the white powder into a bowl, then slowly pour in a hydrogen peroxide solution into the baking soda until it turns into a paste. After you’ve made the paste, use some cotton swabs to apply the mixture onto your stained nails. Leave it on your nails for ~3 minutes before rinsing the paste off with water.?

How to Whiten Your Nails Tip #3: Lemons ?

When life gives you lemons…use them to whiten your nails! (Okay sorry that was lame) As a natural bleaching agent, lemons can be effective for nail whitening. First, you’ll want to find a bowl that’s big enough for you to put your hands in. After you’ve got your bowl, go ahead and squeeze some lemon juice into it. Next, place your fingers into the bowl just enough so that your nails are dipped into the lemon juice. Leave your nails in that position for ~5 minutes. Do note that you may have to repeat the process (space it out!) a few times to get the desired results. But don’t forget, lemon juice can also be harsh on the skin so moisturize, moisturize and moisturize afterwards!

How to Whiten Your Nails Tip #4: Buff Your Nails

Light buffing of the nails can also help with the removal of nail stains. By buffing your nails, you are effectively removing the upper layer of your nails which contains the discolouration. While this can be effective, be careful not to overdo it or you’ll risk thinning out your nails! We recommend trying the other whitening tips first before buffing!

?Always Moisturize Your Nail Bed After Whitening Your Nails!

While your nails may look prettier afterwards, remember that whitening your nails can be damaging to your natural nail beds! It’s a good idea to pamper them a bit afterwards with some cuticle oil or cream!

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