Cosmetics often contain lots of harmful chemicals, especially nail polish. The toxins they still contain are:
Formaldehyde; a carcinogen. It irritates the skin, eyes, nose and throat.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP); also a carcinogen which also causes reproductive problems.
Toluene; irritates throat, nose, eyes, lungs. It also could do damage to unborn children.
I just mentioned a couple of the harmful ingredients which are especially bad for people suffering from allergies or MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity).
I was not able to find real organic nail polish because it is not possible yet. As I mentioned before, I am very allergic to formaldehyde which is a major ingredient in cosmetics at all. More and more companies nowadays offer nail polish with more natural or some organic ingredients. But anyway, nail polish still is not organic at all. And that’s the problem.
It is very important to study the labels and do some research. Many people have the impression that a product, claiming to be organic, is 100% organic. But that is often not the case. They just contain a few organic ingredients to a certain percentage.
So, what can be done, to have attractive nails without using toxic products? The question is especially important for pregnant women, as well as kids, using nail polish. The answer would be: Go back to nature. Use a good buffer and Certified Organic Nail oils for a healthy treatment.
Perfectly manicured nails sometimes look much better than those colored with nail polish. And for people working in the food industry, natural well-groomed nails look more attractive and hygienic.
An alternative would eventually be the new trend Celebrities use. I talk of Nail Stickers. I would not see them as a healthy substitute because to apply them, clear nail polish is necessary.
Zoya.com offers a healthier option. They claim their nail polishes don’t contain the following toxins: toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, parabens and lead.
Even though there are still chemicals in that product, it is a progressive approach to a healthier substitute.
Otherwise, it is the best to go without nail polish most of the time. Only for special occasions, the less toxic polish could be used.
As soon as I find a better and less toxic alternative to conventional polishes, I will update this post. So stay tuned in.
Opinions are my own
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