As women, we love to look our best and nail polish is a key part of making our hands and feet look their best. But did you know that with prolonged use, your nails turn yellow and brittle?And that’s the least of your worries.
You might be surprised to know some ingredients contained in low-quality nail polish can be really dangerous to your health and can even cause life-threatening diseases.
Read on to find out which nail polish ingredients pose a possible threat and what to look for the next time you go shopping for nail polish.
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Toluene, the major danger
The toxicity levels of some ingredients in nail polish can seriously damage your health. Toluene helps provide a smooth finish and preserves the color. However, if you learn more about this chemical, you’ll find that toluene can cause headaches, nausea, weakness, fainting, affect your nervous system, and can even cause reproductive disorders.
Another toxic ingredient found in some nail polish is formaldehyde. Manufacturers use this ingredient to extend the storage life of nail polish. If you’re already suffering from allergies, contact with formaldehyde will aggravate your condition. It can cause dermatitis and even chemical burns. In fact, some studies have shown links so far as to cause heart rhythm disorders, convulsions, and even cancer.
For giving fragrance to nail polish, another ingredient called dibutyl рhthalate is added. This can cause respiratory tract diseases, gynecological diseases, and endocrine disorders.
What does the research reveal?
In a study with a group of 24 women, scientists found that 6 hours after painting their nails, most women showed increased levels of diphenyl phosphate—a derivative of triphenyl phosphate—which is formed during metabolism. After 10 hours, the levels of diphenyl phosphate rose to an alarming 7x more than the normal level. This ingredient can affect your reproductive health and lipid metabolism.
What you should look for in a nail polish
The next time you go shopping for nail polish, read the label carefully. Look for these special markings:
“5-Free“ means that the product doesn’t contain formaldehyde, its derivative resins (formaldehyde resins), toluene, dibutyl phthalates, or camphor.
”3-Free” means that the polish is free of just three of the harmful components: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene.
Remember that you should always read the label and check the expiration dates of your cosmetics to keep yourself safe and healthy.
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