Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your nail polish?…or wondered, but didn’t want to question, what that awful chemical smell is at the nail salon? What we put onto our skin (and nails) absorbs into our blood stream, so it’s probably at our best interest to avoid such ingredients that could potentially be toxic to our bodies. Here are three ingredients to look out for in your nail polishes.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): “The State of California and other authoritative bodies have classified dibutyl phthalate (DBP) as a reproductive and developmental toxicant, and the European Union banned the use of this ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products.” Environmental Working Group
Toluene: is a Solvent also found in gasoline. “Chronic inhalation exposure of humans to toluene also causes irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, sore throat, dizziness, and headache.” U.S Environmental Protection Agency, July 2012. It could also be listed on the label as “toluol” or “phenylmethane.”
Formaldehyde: Can cause irritation for the eyes and nasal passages as well as increased risk of asthma and allergies. It is also considered a human carcinogen by The National Cancer Institute . It could also be listed as Formalin on the label.
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