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March 13, 2019
Fancy a manicure this weekend? We do too, but not with these 7 toxic ingredients lurking in our nail polishes (shrieks!).
Let’s start with the infamous ‘toxic-trio’. There has been a strong movement in the early-2000s citing exposure to these ingredients to cause a myriad of health concerns. Since then, many brands, including OPI and Essie have removed the ‘toxic trio’ from their formulas.
Phthalates (Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Diethylhexyl Phthalate (DEHP))Used as: PlasticizerPotential Concern: Endocrine disruptor, reproductive toxicity
TolueneUsed as: SolventPotential Concern: Organ toxicity, irritation (skin, eyes, lungs), reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity
FormaldehydeUsed as: PreservativePotential Concern: Carcinogen, allergen, organ toxicity
While three-free polish may be devoid of a few chemicals, it’s still infused with others as replacement. Hence, many nail polish companies have gone beyond and have now vowed to be ‘5-free’ and better still, ‘7-free’, excluding these ingredients:
These ingredients may seem like a handful (and mouthful), but it is important to start learning how to read the labels and look for nail polishes with the least hazardous ingredients in them. Some of these ingredients are also responsible for the nasty smell at nail salons. So if your nail salon does not have adequate ventilation, you end up inhaling a mishmash of toxic fumes.
Alternatively, consider a water-based nail polish to enjoy a peace of mind and colourful nails. Compared to regular nail polishes, they do not contain toxic ingredients and contain little or no smell and look equally as good!
Check out our favorite water-based nail polish, Gofun Nail hailing all the way from Kyoto below. They are breathable, contain NO chemical fumes and are perfectly safe for pregnant women and children:
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