Could Your Nail Polish Be Harming Your Health?

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 clean formulas.

The Toxic Trio 

Recent studies have exposed an industry that could seriously be damaging the health of not only the workers but for anyone who enters a nail salon. Many nail care products contain a whole host of toxic and potentially hazardous ingredients. Formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and toluene have been identified as having serious health impacts on nail salon workers and named the toxic trio.


The use of Formaldehyde is banned from personal care products in both Sweden and Japan but is still found in many nail polishes here in the UK. A known human cariogenic the toxic fumes from Formaldehyde can cause eye, nose, throat and skin irritation. 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, Dibutyl Phthalate can effect fertility and cause birth defects in pregnant woman. Over exposure to this nasty ingredient can cause both liver and kidney damage especially in children. We all know how much children enjoy to suck and chew their fingers. Next time they ask you to paint their nails op for a Free-From nail formula.


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. Think about how many times a day your touch your face transferring this hazardous chemical onto your skin!



How to detox your nails?




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