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How to Fix Yellow Nails

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The holidays are the time to look your best, which is why we partnered with Crest on this quick beauty hack you'll need all year round.

If you're like me, nail polish is an important accessory. It shares your mood, adds a boost to your outfit, or draws attention to your favorite bling. But when you decide to go au naturel and find your nails are a dingy yellow, it's enough to leave you scrambling for a quick coat of varnish. Here's the deal — you can fix the problem and keep those tawny tips from coming back.

The Quick Fix

After removing nail polish, lightly buff nails and then soak them in equal parts hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural whitener, while baking soda softly exfoliates nails and boosts the whitening power of the concoction. You can even give yourself a mini spa treatment and gently rub your nails with the mixture, scrubbing away those yellow stains. Remove your hands and wash with mild soap. Finish with a moisturizing lotion. If nails are still yellow hued, follow up with another cleansing soak. Leave nails polish free for the rest of the day.

The Long-Term Solution

Sadly, the reason for your yellow nails is the daily wearing of polish, so leaving them color free every couple of days is a must. When you're donning polish, always start with a base coat, which keeps the pigments from staining nails. And take a look at your polish remover. An acetone-based remover can also be the culprit for the light hue, allowing pigment to seep into nails. Always use a nonacetone nail polish remover and follow up with a massage of hydrating lotion.

Still seeing yellow? It might be due to (sorry!) a fungal infection. Make an appointment with a dermatologist to have those nails looked at, or follow up with your physician to discuss any health problems.

What could be worse than yellow nails? How about yellow teeth? Check out how to get a bright white smile this holiday from Crest!

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