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Home remedies for nail discoloration

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There are several different factors that cause the nail to change its natural color or get discolored. They can range from the frequent and improper use of brightly colored nail polish to smoking, frequent use of tanning beds or even health issues.

In order to brighten your nails and restore their natural color you can try out some of the tested and approved homemade remedies. There are also special whitening cosmetic products and treatments which are sold in drug stores and cosmetic shops.

Among the homemade remedies lemon is the undisputed leader. You can either slice the fruit in two and rub your nails with the soft pulp, or you can rub them with lemon juice.

You can prepare a mixture of lemon juice with a few drops of olive oil. Use a cotton ball to rub the mixture on the nails and afterwards carefully polish with a fine file.

Essential oils can also be used for brightening the nails. You can make an effective nail mask by squeezing the juice of one lemon and adding one teaspoon of jojoba essential oil and a few drops of ylang-ylang. Mix well and apply using a cotton ball.

If your nails are beginning to yellow, a chamomile bath may help. Add a few spoons of dry chamomile blossom to two cups of hot water and let brew for 20 minutes. Dip your nails in for about 10-15 minutes. This procedure should be done three times a week. Combine with lemon juice rubs for best results.

A salt bath is easy to prepare and it has a very beneficial effect. Dissolve a few teaspoons of sea salt in warm water and dip your fingertips in for 10-15 minutes. You can optionally add some lemon juice to the water or a few drops of essential oil.

Rose water is widely used in the cosmetic industry. It can also be used in such cases for brightening the nails. Combine 40ml of rose water with 10 grams of glycerin and 50ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Mix well and use a cotton ball to rub mixture on the nails.

Before applying brightly colored nail polish to your nails do not forget to add a clear base layer. This will prevent discoloration.

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