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If you are still painting your nails you’ll want to read these reasons to stop using nail polish!!!
Yes, you read that right, I have given up nail polish.
I have actually been nail polish free for quite a few months now.
Why? The answer is because nail polish is toxic. Just smelling a bottle of nail polish or even walking buy a nail salon will tell you that stuff is not healthy.
Reasons To Stop Using Nail Polish
What is in nail polish?
Toluene: a carcinogen and neurotoxin. Effects the nervous system.
Formaldehyde: a known carcinogen as well as a nose, throat, and eye irritant.
(DBP) Dibutyl Phthalate: a reproductive and developmental toxin and linked to the feminizing of boys. This should definitely not be used while pregnant.
Ethyl Acetate: a reproductive and developmental toxin. As well as a neurotoxin.
Aluminum Powder: can cause cancer. Also a reproductive and developmental toxin.
Yikes! Definitely not a good thing to put in our bodies.
Yes, I said in, these chemicals get absorbed into the skin through the nails.
The skin is not impenetrable, it absorbs chemicals everyday. It is our largest organ and the one most susceptible of toxins.
There are a few companies that are now free of the top three toxins: toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate, however they still contain other toxins.
Even if you found one that was decent, you would still have the problem of the nail polish remover.
My recommendation is to ditch the nail polish all together. It is really not that bad. If you trim and buff your nails, they will look quite nice and you will not be suffering any toxic consequences.
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I wish someone would invent some kind of a non-toxic dye for nails… I think it'd be neat to have pink or purple "natural-looking" nails… not nails covered in a shiny coat, just a little color on them. I've also ditched nail polish, but miss the "fun" part of it!
This is hard. I don't like the way my toe nails look without nail polish.
It does take some getting used to. Toe nails were the one thing that I really like having painted. However, now that I haven't painted them in over 1.5 years, I enjoy them natural and they are healthier for it.
try henna it gives a brownish orange at first but when it fades it gives a pale pink-orange, you can experiment with how long you keep it when you apply,buy henna powder in East Indian stores.
I found one water based nail polish through cosmeticdatabase.com its called acquarella, we like, it's a little diffrent that the stuff we used to use, but it's so much healthier for us 🙂
You should check out Jamberry Nails. They are a thin vinyl sheets that adhere to your natural nail with heat and pressure. They are kid and pregnant women safe, plus come in over 200 designs that make you smile! One application lasts 2 weeks on fingernails and 6 weeks on toenails. Check them out at: kristilovett.jamberrynails.net
Anyone can find a safe nail polish brand on EWG's site.. all you need to do is look! I personally had an allergic reaction to polish and did not wear any for 2 years.. then, I found this safe brand from EWG's rating and I went crazy and bought colors I liked. There are always options!
While I agree that EWG's Skin Deep database is a great resource and you can find safer nail polish. I have yet to find a nail polish that is truly toxin free. There seems to always be an ingredient that I am not comfortable with. Now of course, not everyone will feel as strongly about all the ingredients as I do, in which case EWG is a great way to find safer nail polish.