Natural Polish Right At Your Fingertips
Let's take a minute to talk about natural polish.
You Have The Right To Know
The majority of women like to accessorize their outfits and be more attractive with routine manicures and pedicures.
But did you know that the traditional products we use contain harmful chemical ingredients, many of which are known carcinogens?
We use these products routinely without realizing that these toxins are absorbed into our bodies.
Why Natural Polish Is Better
The big trio which may be found in nail polishes, removers and nail hardeners are:
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) - a commonly used placticizer. It is also used as an additive to printing inks and adhesives.
In late 2006, it was added to the list of suspected teratogens (an agent that causes malformation of an embryo or fetus), since it is a suspected endocrine disruptor.
It has also been linked to long-term fertility problems. Some major nail polish producers have eliminated this DBP since that time.
- Formaldehyde - a colorless, toxic, potentially carcinogenic derived from methyl alcohol.
It is chiefly used as a disinfectant and preservative, and in resins and plastics.
In view of its known toxicity and widespread use, exposure to formaldehyde is of significant consideration in regard to human health.
- Toluene (aka methylbenzene or phenylmethane) - a clear liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners.
Obtained chiefly from coal tar and petroleum. Used in the manufacture of paints, benzoic acide and TNT.
Like any industrial solvent used without extreme caution, toluene has intoxicating properties.
Reason for Concern?
Some may argue that even if these chemicals are present, they pose no health risks because exposure levels are low.
But there IS reason for concern...these are known carcinogens.
Although polishes must be approved by the FDA, cosmetic companies are not required by law to prove that products are safe before putting them on the market.
Most products are tested for immediate reactions and not long-term health problems.
Seems rather like an oxymoron. Is a little bit of carcinogens really ok?
Think of the many times our daughters, nieces, or granddaughters have wanted their nails polished too!
Well, without a long term study and backed by solid scientific evidence, I know I'll err on the side of caution, even if I have to freshen my polish more often!
What Do We Do?
My best advice for you is to read the ingredient labels on your products, and do your research your favorite brands.
Some companies have eliminated one of these chemicals while others may be rid of all three.
Some natural polish manufacturers have perfected chemical-free formulas that glide on smoothly and cover well and are durable. Others are still trying... You just have to experiment a little.
People genuinely care about their health. There is growing concern about the long list of chemical usage in all products. The list of potential problems and illnesses is even longer.
But as consumers, we have a say. Increasing public awareness and pressure are needed. Both companies and governments must be held accountable.
Care What You Wear...
Where To Get Natural Nail Polish
So, like our clothes, everything we wear is important to our health and our planet.
If you're concerned, perhaps non-toxic polish is the perfect alternative for you too.
Accessories section of our Amazon Store
to find 100% biodegradable, nontoxic polish. These polishes are free of known carcinogens, making them safe for pregnant women and little princesses.
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