A good ‘ol mani-pedi after a stressful week of juggling tasks at home and at work is always a good idea. It can also be a fun form of self-expression for many. But did you know that some nail polishes are considered harmful and actually silently damage your health? Keep scrolling to find out the most dangerous toxins contained in conventional nail polishes.
The 'Toxic Trio'
When testing nail polishes, most labs mainly look for three chemicals -- dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde -- commonly known as the ''toxic trio." The chemicals have been known for potential health risks, especially for nail salon workers and pregnant women.
The chemical toluene may cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women who have had extended exposure. Toluene is usually used in gasoline that fuels our cars. It may harm the central nervous system and can also damage reproductive organs. Other known adverse effects include headaches, numbness and eye and throat irritation.
Dibutyl phthalate adds flexibility to nail paints and also prevents the nail polishes from cracking or turning brittle; however, it can still cause damage to the reproductive tract. The use of phthalates is banned in certain countries in Europe and is becoming less frequent due to its damaging effects.
A well-known carcinogenic agent is used as a nail hardening ingredient. The long-lasting nail polishes that you love contain formaldehyde in abundance. It is also used as a disinfectant that prevents bacterial contamination.
Rise of toxin-free nail polishes
In 2006, public health advocates began protesting these three harmful compounds; since then, leading nail polish brands have voluntarily removed the "toxic trio" from their products and relabeled their brands with 5-free, 10-free, and even 12-free.
The effects of short-term exposure to the chemicals found in nail polishes remain unclear. Still, many brands have taken a step further and even created water-based nail polish and vegan ones.
Pick your polish wisely, bestie!
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