Removing Stains From Nails

Well maintained nails are a result of a good beauty regimen. Ragged or stained nails look ugly and should be treated as early as possible. Ragged nails should be clipped and filed immediately to prevent further damage. Stained nails are a bit more difficult to treat. Many different home treatments have been used for maintaining beautiful nails. Manicure can be done either at a parlour or at home using simple methods.


In most cases, stained nails are temporary and regain their original whitish colour after a short period of time. Buffing of nails with a nail brush helps to an extent. For stubborn stains, long term treatment may be required.


Causes of Stained Nails


1. Stained nails may result from smoking. Smoking is not only harmful to health .The nicotine content in tobacco causes yellow stains on fingernails which are a fashion disaster.


2. Use of spurious nail polish may also result in yellow nails.


3. Use of harsh detergents and cleaning liquids also harm the keratin which nails are made of and corrode them.


Fortunately, there are many household products which can be safely used to remove stains from nails:


How to Remove Stains from Nails


1. In case stained nails are a result of spurious nail polish, an easy way to remove stains is to use a good quality nail polish remover on the nails and then leave nails unpainted for a week to ten days. Nails often lose their stains when left exposed to air.


2. For stubborn stains, squeeze the juice of lemon into a finger bowl. Dissolve two spoonfuls of common salt. Dip the fingers in the bowl taking care to keep nails immersed for 15 minutes at least. Wash with cold water and towel dry.


3. Dilute two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide in half a cup of water. Soak the fingers in the bowl taking care to immerse the nails for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water and towel dry. Use a good quality hand cream afterwards to prevent excessive dryness.


4. Baking soda available in most kitchens is effective in removing stains in nails. Mix a spoonful of baking soda with a teaspoon of vinegar. Apply the paste on the nails and let dry. Use an old toothbrush to buff the nails. Use a good quality vegetable oil or hand cream over the hands.

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