When you see a chipped nail and start thinking about your next manicure, is everything that you probably have in your head, what color you should be, matte or shiny, and do you have to end up with a gelcoat?
What you won't think about is whether getting your nails can affect your health. But maybe you should do that.
Take a look at the ingredients of your nail polish bottles, and you will come across a list of undecipherable chemicals that are likely to contain toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde – ingredients known to experts as the & # 39; toxic trio & # 39 ;.
Polishes often include chemicals toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde. These ingredients are collectively known by experts as the & # 39; toxic trio & # 39; (stock photo)
Formaldehyde hardens nail polish as soon as it is applied, DBP keeps it flexible and reduces the chances of it shaving, and toluene helps it dry quickly.
But toluene is also found in adhesives and paint thinners, while formaldehyde is best known for its use in balm liquids. DBP is mainly used in floor polish.
What makes you wonder, do we really have to paint them on our finger tips?
Research indicates that there may be a health impact due to prolonged exposure to some of these chemicals.
Formaldehyde is a well-known carcinogen and a 17-year study by professional manicurists linked it to increased thyroid and lung cancer. Other studies found that inhaled toluene, a & # 39; neurotoxic agent, causes nausea, dizziness, and irritation of skin, eyes, throat, and lungs.
The risks of short-term exposure to DBP are nausea and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth and throat, while prolonged exposure can lead to reproductive and hormonal problems. And acetone, used to remove nail polish, is able to disintegrate plastic.
Although studies have yet to determine the level of exposure needed to negatively impact your health, a study led by Duke University in the US suggests that each manicure absorb at least one potentially endocrine disrupting chemical from nail polish.
The good news is that the fear of the toxic trio has shocked the industry and that brands are introducing polishes without harmful chemicals.
Watch out for bottles with the label & # 39; 3-free & # 39; without the toxic trio. Some varnishes even claim that they are & # 39; 13 -free & # 39; all natural, in principle.
So here are the non-toxic brands to try at home …
Orly (13 free)
The breathable Orly range (non-toxic and cruelty free), better for nails because it allows moisture and oxygen through, is available in 53 colors. Produced in the UK, Cienna Rose (photo on the right) gives polishes a gel-like finish
Non-toxic and cruelty free, the breathable range – better for nails because it can penetrate moisture and oxygen – is available in 53 colors. It is infused with nutritious argan oil, vitamin B5 and vitamin C.
£ 12.75 for 18 ml, orlybeauty.co.uk
Cienna Rose (12 free)
Made in the UK, the nail polish from this independent brand gives a gel-like finish. They also offer an extensive range of treatment products enriched with vitamins and lemongrass oil.
£ 9 for 13 ml, ciennarose.com
Nailberry (12 free)
Nailberry (photo left) is designed as a healthier, breathable alternative to normal polish by Sonia Hully. The Paris-based Kure Bazaar (photo right) contains potato, cotton, bamboo and vitamin E and has more than 90 shades
The L & # 39; Oxygenic range has been designed as a healthier, breathable alternative to normal polish by Sonia Hully, the owner of a Chelsea salon who continued to see customers with dry, damaged nails.
£ 14.50 for 15 ml, nailberry.co.uk
Kure Bazaar (10 free)
The Paris-based Kure Bazaar contains potato, cotton, bamboo and vitamin E and has more than 90 shades. It was launched by former model Kartika Luyet in 2012 – she had the idea when she was pregnant and wanted a safer nail polish. There is also a remover that replaces acetone with natural acid from sugar cane.
£ 15 for 10 ml, lovelula.com
SensatioNail (10 free)
SensatioNail & # 39; s Nailtural (image left) promises a high-gloss, long-lasting manicure and is cruelty free. Butter London's (photo right) non-toxic nail polish uses a patented & # 39; Shock Resistant Polymer Technology & # 39; to prevent peeling and peeling
The Nailtural range of SensatioNail promises a high-shine, long-lasting manicure and is cruelty free.
£ 9.90 for 11ml, sensationail.com
Butter London (8 free)
Butter London's toxin-free paint uses a patented & # 39; Shock Resistant Polymer Technology & # 39; to prevent flaking and flaking, as well as bamboo extract for stronger, healthier nails.
£ 15 for 11 ml, lookfantastic.com
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