Can’t live without perfectly polished fingers and toes? We delve into the potentially toxic ingredients you should be avoiding and how to cut out the chemicals with our favourite non toxic formulas.
Should you be worried about the ingredients in your nail polish?
Recent studies have exposed an industry that could be seriously damaging the health of not only nail salon workers, but for anyone who is partial to a glossy manicure.
Many nail care products contain a whole host of toxic, and potentially hazardous ingredients. The chemicals in nail polish don’t just sit on top of your nails, they have also been shown to make their way into the body.
THE TOXIC TRIO
Named the ‘Toxic Trio’ formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and toluene have been identified as having serious negative health impacts.
Formalehyde: a know human cariogenic formaldehyde can cause skin irritation and negatively impact both the nervous and immune system. Over exposure to this chemical can cause chronic health problems including asthma and impaired metal development in unborn babies.
Dibutyl Phthalate: a suspected endocrine disruptor – meaning it interferes with the normal function of hormones. In some cases it can cause early-onset menopause. Dibutyl phthalate can effect fertility and cause birth defects in pregnant woman plus over exposure to this nasty ingredient can cause both liver and kidney damage especially in children.
Toluene: inhaling this toxic ingredient can effect the central nervous system causing headaches, nausea and dizziness. A known skin irritant, with prolonged contact it can trigger dermatitis. In severe cases toluene can cause reproductive damage.
Other potentially toxic nail polish ingredients to avoid include;
Synthetic Camphor: know to cause skin reactions.
Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP): wreaks havoc on your hormones.
Parabens: associated with breast tumours.
Xylene: when inhaled can cause dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
Styrene: can cause fatigue, weakness and liver damage.
Benxophenone: a known carcinogenic, hormone disruptor and skin irritant.
For A Manicure You Feel Good About!
The nail industry is finally becoming more ingredient conscious. From 10-free natural and vegan nail polishes to biodegrade nail polish remover. This new generation of nail care is created without potentially harmful chemicals that could be messing with your health and hormones. Non-toxic nail polish is not only kinder to your nails, it is safer for your health and the environment. So when such great natural alternatives are available – why take the risk?!
Always Wear A Base Coat:
Kure Bazaar Clean
Think of it as a primer for your nails! Purely invisible with a matte finish it fills in ridges, grips colour and reduces chipping.
Detox Your Nails:
Kure Bazaar Natural Nail Polish
Fashion-forward colours and a super glossy formula this non-toxic nail polish is made up of 90% natural ingredients. Quick drying with impeccable resistance this is a new generation of natural nail polish reduces the use of chemicals without any compromise on performance.
Invest In A Good Top Coat:
Kure Bazaar Dry Finish
In just 5 minutes this quick drying topcoat will be set and ready go. Dry Finish seals in colour and protects against chipping to leave your manicure with a long lasting, glossy finish.
Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover Wipes
Fully biodegradable these earth friendly nail polish remover wipes are formulated using a carefully blended mix of natural ingredients. Perfect to take on your travels or for on the go nail emergencies.
Worth The Investment:
Kure Bazaar Natural Nail Polish Remover
100% natural the oil like formula safely and effortlessly removes old nail polish. Brimming with bamboo extract (natures best source of silica) it strengthens weak nails. Housed in a beautiful glass bottle – no dressing table should be without this luxe nail polish remover.
Nourish Your Nails:
Kure Bazaar Organic Cuticle Oil
An exclusive blend of 10 precious oils this organic cuticle oil deeply nourishes dry, brittle and weak nails. With regular use this pretty oil encourages healthy growth for beautiful, strong nails.
Photo Credits: Kure Bazaar for Vogue Magazine, Pinterest.