In social networks and in general on the Internet, you can find all sorts of trends that people follow. One of the most popular beauty trends and rituals is applying toothpaste to the nails. The promise that many social media influencers make is that the toothpaste stimulates nail growth and makes them clean, shiny and pink.
According to this popular belief, it takes 3 to 5 minutes for the paste to stay on the nails, and then with massaging movements, the paste is spread over the entire nail plate. Followed by rinsing the nails and applying a moisturizing cream or lotion.
What does toothpaste actually do to nails?
The answer is not clear cut. Dr. Marissa Garshik, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York, answers this question to Byrdie, quoted by thelist.com. She believes that the use of the toothpaste is inadvisable, as it is a product designed for teeth and gums and complies with oral hygiene prescriptions. Some of the ingredients in the toothpaste can have a harmful effect on the nails and cause various problems with them.
However, she believes that whitening toothpastes could make nails look brighter, shinier and he althier as they remove build-up, especially discoloration from wearing nail polish and using nail polish removers.
In some toothpastes, the active whitening ingredient is baking soda. According to Dr. Garszyk, baking soda can help whiten nails much like teeth, which helps to remove nail polish and other impurities.
The dermatologist advises above all to carefully monitor your diet. What you eat has the biggest impact on the he alth and condition of your nails. If you want he althy, unbreakable and shiny nails, it is important to eat foods rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.