Beauty

Secrets to Beautiful Nails

If you’re like most women, your fingernails, in their natural state, are a sight left to be unseen. That is probably the reason many women head to their salon and request artificial nails. Or, perhaps, it’s the idea of perfection that so many of us want to live up to. Regardless, today Lionesse has an article detailing the secrets to beautiful nails – in their natural state – for all of you to enjoy and implement into your life.

Woman trimming the edges from her finger nails.

Taking Care of Frayed Edges
Frayed nails can cause snags on your favorite clothing and therefore, leave you stressed and annoyed. They can also cut your skin or the skin of others when you itch yourself or give someone a hug. The best course of action is to tackle the fray or torn nail with a nail file as soon as you notice the problem, which will allow you to keep your nail the length you want it without having to take nail clippers to your nails. If a frayed edge or a torn nail is left without being taken care of, it can cause a break in the nail, leaving you no choice but to cut the nail down. Tackling the problem head on is your best course of action.

Getting Rid of White Spots
White spots on the nails are common among women and men, as well as children. Known medically as Leukonychia, this is a harmless white spot or discoloration that is caused by injury to the nail base. Most people have heard that this is caused by eating or drinking foods or products containing high levels of calcium, which is simply not the case. People generally refer to these spots as ‘calcium spots’ or ‘milk spots’ on the nail due to this popular belief. On occasion, these white spots may be caused by a fungal infection which may require medication to treat. If the white spots are caused by injury, getting rid of the white spots on nails is doable, but it will take time. You can allow the white spots to grow out of your nail naturally, as when the nails grow out the spots tend to move towards the top of the nails and can then be trimmed. Or, you can choose to hide the white spots with fingernail polish of your choosing. Another option is to paint your nails with a clear coat of nail polish every day for seven days which is infused with protein properties, and then remove the nail polish after the seventh day. Your nails should be stronger and less susceptible to injury. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for injured nail beds – but with time and patience, the spots will eventually go away.

Woman with yellow nails and teeth smoking a cigarette.

Getting Rid of Yellow Nails and Yellow Spots on Nails
Yellowing of the nails can be caused by a multitude of things. Environmental factors, such as pollutants, can cause this to occur, as can smoking. They can also be caused by wearing fingernail polish. If you are a smoker, the best option to treat yellow nails is to stop smoking. To treat yellow nails or yellow staining of the nails, soak your nails in a bowl full of lemon juice for 10-15 minutes per day to naturally brighten the nails and remove the staining. You can also make a paste from peroxide and baking soda, and apply directly to each nail with a Q-Tip. Allow the paste to rest for 15 minutes and rinse to remove staining. When painting your nails, always use a base coat to protect your nails from staining due to dark colored fingernail polish.

Remove Stain From Nail Color
Sometimes when using brightly colored fingernail polish or dark colored fingernail polish, our nails can be left with stains as the colors actually seep into the nail bed. To prevent this from happening, always use a base coat when applying a polish, no matter what the color. This protects your nailbed from set in stains. To remove them, try using a nail buffer for a quick fix by going over the nail lightly, or soak your nails in lemon juice for 15 minutes per day until you see your desired results.

Damaged finger nails.

Getting Rid of Ridges
Ridges are lines which form vertically on the nails, and sometimes horizontally, that can leave your nails looking striped and unsightly. They can be caused for various reasons, some being for overall health reasons, other times, it could be from damage to your nail beds from wearing artificial nails, and sometimes, your nails could just be unhealthy. To get a quick fix for nail ridges, use the coarse side of a nail buffer to buff out the ridges and then smooth the nail with the smoothing side of the buffer. This will make the nails smooth and beautiful. From there, you can go in with a shining block to give your nails a natural shine, or use a fingernail polish for color.

 

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