We all know clear nail polish is the classic base paint for the various nail designs and styles we feel like sporting on our nails. Clear nail polish gives us the ability to coat our nails with various colors and ensures it stays on for a good period of time before it begins to chip. It can be used as both a base coat and also a top coat to ensure the color stays and to ensure minimum nail chipping. Also, if you don’t feel like coloring your nails or sporting any particular design on your nails, you could just apply a varnish or two of the clear nail polish which strengthens your nails and prevents your fingernails from breaking and ensuring they stay moisturized, healthy and naturally good looking.
It is a lacquer that is applied to both fingernails and toenails for nail decoration and protection of the nail plates. Nail polish originates from China and dates back to about 6000 BC. The royal house from the Zhou dynasty at about 600 BC made use of the gold and silver colors as a royal preference for their nail polish. The nail polish from the Ming dynasty was made from a mixture which included beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes, and gum Arabic. A type of nail polish from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was the Graf’s Hyglo nail polish paste.
Nail polish is made from a firm-forming polymer dissolved in an organic volatile solvent. The basic ingredients have been expanded to include plasticizers, dyes and pigments, opalescent pigments, adhesive polymers, thickening agents and ultraviolet stabilizers. There are different types of nail polish which can be used as the following:
- Top Coat
- Base Coat
Clear nail polish can be infused with many ingredients to give off various finishes. These finishes provide your nails with the desired look you want for your nails. The 14 principal finishes include:
Clear nail polish can be cleaned off or removed from the nails by using nail polish remover or nail pads. This is an organic solution which contains acetone, ethyl acetate or isopropyl alcohol as its active ingredient. There are nail polish removal packs which may include the organic solvent in a bottle and cotton buds in the packet. It may also come as a standalone bottle with the cotton balls or they may be packaged as pre-soaked nail pads that are already infused with acetone and are ready for use. The type of nail polish remover gotten is solely dependent on your preference as the user and on the price range of the product. Acetone can be harsh for the nails and skin, and can also remove artificial nails which are why it is substituted with ethyl acetate or isopropyl alcohol in some brands of nail polish which are friendlier on the nails and skin.
Excluding the obvious usage of the clear nail polish, it is also useful for various household and DIY activities and maintenance activities for our furniture and clothes. These uses are not far-fetched and the clear nail polish is a surprisingly efficient means of solving random household and personal problems which we may have overlooked. So, in case you have spare bottles of clear nail polish which you have amassed over the years and are wondering how to get rid of them or utilize them, you don’t have to look too far or worry about wasted money become they can come in very handy for the following problems:
Nail polish is a very effective method of protecting your costume jewelry. Usually, what happens when the jewelry on your clothes comes into contact with the sweat and oils from your body is the jewelry develops a greenish hue which takes away all the shine and beauty from the costume jewelry. So, in order to prevent this from happening all you have to do is put a varnish or two of clear nail polish on the costume jewelry and this will protect the jewelry from coming into contact with sweats and oils from the body.
Prevent Running Ink
If you have to label products that are left outdoors for a good amount of time, a good way to prevent the label’s ink from spilling or running is applying a varnish or two of nail polish on the label. This will protect the label’s ink from the weather conditions and liquid and help it last for a good amount of time.
iii. Secure Envelopes
The taste of envelope glue and constantly having to moisturize envelopes before you can seal them can be disgusting and tiring. To avoid having to continue tasting glue, you can just apply a varnish or two of clear nail polish to the underside of the envelope’s flap and easily seal the envelope. This method makes for a more secure hold and seal.
Smoothing Splintered Surfaces
To prevent wood splinters from wood surfaces and furniture from ruining your outfits or getting into your fingernails and causing you pain, you can easily use clear nail polish to smooth the splinters onto their surfaces. All you should do is use the nail polish to apply some varnishes over the splinters to flatten it out and then let it dry.
Preserve Belt Buckle Shine
To preserve the shine on your newly shined belt buckle or your new belt’s buckle, all you need to do is coat the buckle with a clear nail polish. Doing this will preserve its shine for a good while and will prevent rust or scratches and keep it looking good for a long while.
Insect Bite Relief
For relief from itching from mosquito bites, you can use a clear nail polish to prevent that. Mosquito bites trigger the body to release histamines which causes itching. Coating the bite with clear nail polish prevents oxygen from getting to the bite and stops the itching for a period of a long time, thus doing away with the itching.