The Non-Toxic Ingredients for Nails You Need to Know
Can't you live without perfectly manicured nails? We discovered the potentially toxic ingredients you should avoid and how to cut out chemicals with non-toxic formulas.
Recent studies have exposed an industry that could be seriously harming the health of not only salon workers, but also anyone who enjoys a good manicure.
Many nail care products contain a number of toxic and potentially dangerous ingredients. The chemicals in nail polish don't just stay on top of your nails, but they've also been shown to get into our bodies.
The Toxic Trio
The so-called "Trio Toxic" has been identified as having serious negative health impacts:
A human cariogenic ingredient that can cause skin irritation and negatively affect both the nervous and immune systems. Excessive exposure to this chemical can cause chronic health problems, including asthma and developmental disorders in fetuses.
Suspected endocrine disruptor - meaning it interferes with normal hormone function. In some cases, it can cause early menopause. Dibutyl phthalate can affect fertility and cause birth defects in pregnant women, and exposure to this harmful ingredient can cause liver and kidney damage, especially in children.
The inhalation of this toxic ingredient can affect the central nervous system, causing headaches, nausea and dizziness. A known skin irritant, prolonged contact can trigger dermatitis. In severe cases, toluene can cause reproductive harm.
Other harmful ingredients, common in conventional nail polishes
Synthetic Camphor: known to cause skin reactions.
Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP): causes damage to your hormones.
Parabens: associated with breast tumors.
Xylene: when inhaled can cause dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
Styrene: can cause fatigue, weakness and liver damage.
Benxophenone: a known carcinogen, hormone disruptor and skin irritant.
Healthy and non-toxic manicures
The nail industry is finally becoming more ingredient conscious. There are natural and vegan nail polish brands that create beautiful colors without the nasty toxins, and also biodegradable and acetone-free nail polish removers.
This new generation of nail care is created without potentially harmful chemicals that could interfere with your health and hormones. Non-toxic nail polish is not only gentler on your nails, it's also safer for your health and the environment. So when there are such good natural alternatives - why take the risk?!
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