The look of women’s fingernails is a very important detail not only to the women themselves, but also to the men. That’s why the majority of women take pride in their nails and either get them done at a salon or do them their selves at home. The problem is most women don’t know the dangers that have been associated with the nail polishes they use regularly.
The “big three” or the “toxic trio” are the common nicknames given to the chemicals that most people thought were banned out of nail polish…That was up until a recent study was done, and concluded that the majority still include these chemicals in their ingredients. In the study they found that 5 of the 7 brands that claimed to be completely toxic free did in fact include high levels of one or more of these chemicals. The three toxic chemicals found in these brands are Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), and Toluene.
Here’s a quick rundown on these three chemicals:
Formaldehyde: most commonly used as a preservative, a sterilizer, and to embalm bodies…..Has been connected to lung and nasal cancer…
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): most commonly found in plastics to make them more flexible, like rain boots….Has been linked to reproductive issues if pregnant mother is exposed to…..
Toluene: mostly seen in gasoline, and used in creating TNT……Has been known to affect the nervous system, cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, birth defect, and liver and kidney damage….
Clearly you’re gonna want to avoid these toxic chemicals, so some brands that did show up to having at least one of these chemicals if not all three are: Sation, Dare to Wear, Chelsea, Baby's Breath, New York Summer, Paris, Sunshine, Cacie, Golden Girl, Nail Art, and High Gloss.
Some brands that tested negative and are safe to use are OPI, Essie, MAC, and Chanel. Now there are plenty more brands that don’t have these chemicals in them so look at the ingredients before you buy anything just to be safe!