Whiten up yellow nails

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Dark nail polish, nicotine from cigarettes, self-tan, certain ‘stainalicious’ foods and the acetone found in nail polish remover can stain your nails, leaving them an unattractive shade of yellow.

Prevent yellow nails

  • If you are a smoker try to break the habit or at least use a cigarette holder when smoking.
  • Try and avoid touching foods that could stain your hands; things like curry or spices like tumeric and paprika.
  • Always wash your hands after using self-tan or wear a pair of gloves while you apply it.
  • Prevent dark nail polish from staining your nails by wearing a protective base coat.  We like Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1 treatment, R149,95.
    sally hansen top coat, prevent yellow marks
    It’s a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment and top coat all in one! ? 

Getting rid of yellow nails
Buff your nails regularly to get rid of discolouration and make sure you use an acetone-free nail polish remover. You could also try soaking your nails in lemon juice or a dissolved denture tablet. Another trick? Try brushing your nails with a little whitening tooth paste!

If your nails still seem to turn yellow no matter what you do, get a doctor to check them out as you may have some sort of infection.

Written by

Janine Mare has a bachelor’s degree in acting and scriptwriting. She's passionate about media and film and manages talent agency Triple Threat. She also loves applying make-up and uses it to pass the time in traffic.

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  1. Sam

    Lovely tip. I often have this problem on my toenails.

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Especially on your toenails where one doesn’t change nail polish as often as on finger nails. Works wonders.

    6 years ago •

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