As our trusted nails are not just a bunch of dead cells, they are actually living at the nail bed, so it makes total sense to avoid toxic chemicals that are found in a lot of traditional polishes (see list of nasties below) and opt for more natural based polishes instead.
The good news is there’s no sacrifice when it comes to quality, times have changed!
What to avoid in your polish…
Triphenyl Phosphate (TPP): A potentially hormone disrupting chemical, used to make polish less flammable and make the polish stick to the nail more strongly.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): Acts as a binder to improve the lasting quality of polish. It has been linked to reproductive issues.
Formaldehyde: This is a preservative, steriliser, and an embalming chemical. This makes your nail polish harden and keeps it fresh for a long time.
Toluene: Used in polish to give a smooth finish. Chronic exposure is linked to anemia, liver, and kidney damage and decreased blood cell count.
Camphor: This comes in many forms and is used to make the polish flexible. It’s also a neurotoxin, which can cause seizures if ingested (beware nail biters). Small doses can caused slowed breathing and excess perspiration.
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If you get your nails done at a salon, you could suggest that they try non toxic polishes.
It’s better for the therapists and customers (YOU)! Alternatively, you can always BYOP (bring your own polish).
It’s also important that you don’t allow the nail tech to remove what is commonly thought to be the cuticle line (it’s actually called the proximal fold). This prevents germs and bacteria from entering the nail matrix.
Applying a traditional polish after this has been performed is certainly not ideal for avoiding absorption of toxic chemicals!
If you haven’t already, get yourself a natural polish remover. It’s a much more gentle way to take off polish without drying out your cuticles – to find out more, CLICK HERE
What we’re loving!
Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish formula is a healthier alternative to mainstream polishes.
Made with love in Byron Bay Australia these pretty polishes may be toxin-free, but really work! For a beautiful, full coverage and long-wearing finish.
Other natural polishes to try are Zoya, Treet, Lily Lolo, Kester Black