Get a whiff of your nail polish and it’s no surprise that you’re smelling a chemical formula that probably is not good for you. Your nails functions similar to your skin, so anything that is applied onto your nails can absorb directly into your bloodstream. This explains the importance of using Most nail polish is made with known neurotoxins and cancer-causing ingredients.
Some nail polishes that claim to be non-toxic still contain ingredients that are potentially harmful to human health. It is important to read the label of ingredients when choosing a nail polish.
- Formaldehyde – This chemical is used for hardening the nails. It can cause headache, nausea, watery eyes, and throat irritation when inhaled.
- Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) – This chemical is used to prevent the polish from cracking . It can have adverse affects on the body’s reproductive system. Pregnant women should not supposed to use nail polishes containing DBP as it may lead to miscarriage. Its usage in nail polish has been banned in Europe.
- Toluene – This ingredient is used to make application of nail polish smoother. This is a known neurotoxin and adversely affects the nervous system.
You can find brands of non-toxic nail polish at stores that retail natural beauty products such as Whole Foods Market.