Getting your nails done or painting them one of your favourite colours feels like a luxury. It’s one of those things you do as a reward, or something you do to make yourself feel good at the end of a long and hard week. But if your nails start to turn a yellow colour and stain from the polish, the luxury can be taken away and instead of treating yourself, painting your nails can become a chore and you may feel like you have to paint your nails to hide them. Taking care of your nails will keep them strong and looking great, which will keep you from feeling like you need to cover up.
The best way to approach this issue is to begin with prevention, and that can easily be done with a base coat. The formulation of nail polish encourages the lacquer to adhere to base coats, and not directly onto bare nails. The application of a base coat layer will improve the life of your manicure before chipping and will also act as a barrier between your nail polish and your nails, preventing direct contact in which staining can occur.
If you’ve noticed that your nails have begun to turn a yellowish colour, there are a few things that you can do to restore your nails health and appearance.
- Use a nail buffer
- Apply a paste of baking soda mixed with 3% hydrogen peroxide onto nails
- Use fresh lemon juice and apply like nail polish remover
Nail care is often overlooked, but the smallest things can make you feel good about yourself. If you’re looking for a few new colours for this fall or winter, try almost black colours, like oxblood, midnight blues, and deep hunter greens. On the other end of the spectrum, for a bright look, try out metallics and duochrome polishes. Keeping your nails healthy will help you engage in one of life’s little luxuries.