Overtime, I have grown to be a conscious consumer (Watching documentaries like Food Inc. and Forks over knives completely changed my outlook on consumerism, especially when it comes to the food industry) and so before investing my money on anything, no matter how small or big; I research the company and ingredients in their products. That's exactly why I am sharing my findings on nail polish.
Nail polish has been under the radar for containing some potentially harmful chemicals. This is a big reason as to why many companies over the past decade or so have either reformulated their products to be toxic free and/or provided products with reduced amount of chemicals.
Below is a list of top five chemicals to look out for.
An ingredient also found in gasoline and nail polish removers; it is used in nail polish to create a smooth application and finish in nail polish. Several studies have linked this highly toxic substance to neurological damage, decrease in brain function, impaired breathing, nausea, hearing loss.
As a matter of fact, the use of nail polish and nail polish removers is not encouraged during pregnancy. as it may result in impaired fetal development.
Here is more info from Center for Disease Control
DBP (Dibutyl phthalate)
This ingredient is used in nail polish to minimize chipping. As a member of the phthalate family of chemicals, it is linked to endocrine system disruption, decrease in fertility, hormonal disruption, and bioaccumulation (occurs when a substance-usually toxic is absorbed at a faster rate than it can be eliminated through excretion or catabolism).
This chemical has been completely banned in any personal care and cosmetic products in Europe. Even the state of California classified this chemical as a reproductive and hormonal toxicant.
Formaldehyde is used as a preservative and prevents bacterial growth in nail polish. Although a known carcinogen, some experts say small doses of the substance is not that toxic (you make your judgement, but when it comes to picking my poison; it's definitely NOT formaldehyde)
This is a byproduct of formaldehyde. There is very little research done on this chemical and other byproducts in links to human side effects. So far, the only side effects noted are: skin irritation, depigmentation and allergic reactions
In nail polish, this ingredient is used to create the glossy, shiny look. It is also found in vapor rubs and nasal sprays. Less toxic of the previous four, Camphor is limited to a concentration of 11% in personal are products in the U.S.
Although considered less toxic, some side effects related to camphor include: dizziness, nausea, headaches, skin irritation when applied externally and organ damage.
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