Glowing Nails 101: Demystifying the Benefits of Nail Brighteners
Whether you're opting for bold, intricate nail art or a single simple shade, the sad truth is that getting a regular mani and pedi can do some damage to our nail beds — especially when it comes to discoloration. Does that mean you have to say goodbye to your favorite manicurist or throw away all your nail polish? Not at all. But that means you need to add some protective nail products to your nail routine ASAP. That's where nail brighteners can come in handy.
What is a nail brightener?
According to New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Hedley King, MD, a nail brightener is a nail treatment that helps reduce the appearance of discoloration and dullness. "It's generally designed for people who don't like to wear colored nail polish but want to keep their nails looking full and healthy," Dr. To install Garshik.
How do nail brighteners work?
Dr. King explains that most nail brighteners contain oxidizing agents, such as citric acid, which can serve as a natural bleach. You can also find chemical exfoliants, such as glycolic and lactic acid, that can help with the lightening process, she says.
Nail brighteners do more than brighten nails. Dr. Garschick adds that it will usually include conditioning and hydrating ingredients to improve overall nail health. Dr. King adds that sometimes there are ingredients that can offer UV protection, such as antioxidants, which will protect nails from UV radiation that she explains contributes to nail yellowing.
How to know if you need a nail brightener:
Dr. King says the most common cause of nail discoloration and yellowing is when you wear nail polish too often. So, if you are experiencing this type of discoloration, nail brighteners are definitely worth a try.
How to use nail brightener:
Dr. It's best to apply nail brighteners directly to clean, bare nails and let them dry, says Garschick. It can be used on its own or as a base coat before you apply nail polish. You will only need one coat, but you can apply more if you want a more opaque look.