Toxic Nail Polish and How to Avoid It
When you walk into the nail shop, you’re looking forward to a relaxing spa experience. Instead, your nose is probably assailed with chemical odors. What are you smelling? It is not a natural smell….it’s a myriad of chemicals: the powder used for acrylic nails, nail polish remover, and nail polish to name a few. If it smells this bad, can you imagine what it can do to your body? Some of the most toxic chemicals you will encounter at the nail shop is toulene, formaldehyde, and DBP (most often called the Big 3.) You may be saying to yourself, what are these and why should I be afraid of them??
Out of those three ingredients, the one you might have already heard of is formaldehyde. Yes, that is the same substance used in the preservation of dead bodies.
Formaldehyde is not something you should be using while alive, as it is a carcinogen.
And this is the same ingredient in your nail products. Toxins, anyone? It is mainly used to make the polish resilient.
Toulene is another chemical used in polishes to make it easy to apply and fast drying. It is a toxin that is easily absorbed through the skin, found in paints and explosives. It can cause a myriad of problems.
DBP is dibutyl phthalate, has been found to interfere with birth development and is sometimes not even on the ingredient list!
So when I go to the nail shop or go to purchase nail polish (because let’s face it, most of us do not want to give up our pedis and manis) I look for this on the label: formaldehye/toulene/DBP free. It’s not too difficult to find, in fact, I recently caught up with one of my favorite blogs, The Organic Beauty Expert and I was delighted to read about a new nail polish (NP2 Nail Perfection) which does not contain any of these chemicals.
I went on to read more and went to the site to check out the new polish. Guess how much? $22.50 a bottle. Now, this is a pretty cool product in that it is a two-sided bottle that comes with a supposedly chip resistant express dry top coat. But for some of us on a budget this might not be the best option. To check out this post, click here: The Organic Beauty Expert.
So what to do when you refuse to use toxic polish but still like to have pretty nails?
Enter… Walgreens. Yes, Walgreens! I was shopping one day and found they carried Sinful Colors Professional Nail Color, a very affordable (under $5 a bottle) and safe brand of nail polish. And the colors are truly sinful! If you’re like me, you’’ll probably want one of every color. And the best part is, their formulas are formaldehyde, toulene, and DBP-free. (Even if they are big-3 free, many nail polishes still contain toxic ingredients….it’s a trade off- the big-3 are the most important to avoid.)
You can also find them online. So when you’re at the salon or the store, check out the ingredient list before you buy and make a safe choice when it comes to your nail products.
Do you have any safe polish recommendations? Leave them in the comments below!
Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!
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