Nail polish addicts like us, wanted our nails to look fabulous everyday, we love to change our nail polish every now and then. But as much as we wanted to do these over and over again we also have to think twice and need to read the label carefully. Because we'll never know that the nail polish brand that we love so much may contain harmful chemicals.
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Research shows that these are the top three chemicals found in some nail treatment products are toxic and are definitely harmful.
Phthalates alias dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) are plasticizers that make the nail polish chip-resistant and fragrances to last longer. It may cause reproductive toxicity, nervous system toxicity, developmental delays, endocrine (hormone) disruption, neurotoxicity and lung problems in human.
Toluene also known as methylbenzene is an industrial solvent that are used in manufacturing paints, gasoline or shoe polish. It dissolves chemical substances that makes the application of nail polish smooth and stick to the nails. According to studies, toluene has central nervous system effects which includes seizures, coma, cerebral and cerebellar degeneration, decreased cognition, blindness, and many others. It also affects other body systems, including your heart and lungs with symptoms ranging from acute (asphyxiation) to chronic (acute lung injury.).
Formaldehyde is colorless gas that are found in nail-strengthening and cuticle treatments. It is actually a preservative, disinfectant and hardener in cosmetic products. Formaldehyde can cause contact dermatitis, blistering, and chemical burns. Low exposure may lead to eye, skin and respiratory tract irritation while high exposure can cause irregular heartbeat, pulmonary swelling, and even death.
Nail polish lovers out there let's be vigilant. We don't want this chemicals to affects us right? Let us choose products that are free from these toxins.
source: http://www.totalbeauty.com, http://kimberlysnyder.net