Nothing adorns female nails better than a smooth coat of seductive nail polish. Multifarious colored blobs of charm adds a whole new dimension to the nimble fingers of fairer sex causing sporadic heart fluttering and occasional glares from green eyed daemons.
Did you know that the dandy lacquer of your nail-paint contains harmful and often carcinogenic chemical? The three compounds: Formaldehyde, Toluene and Dibutyl Phthlate or DBP are the most common combination of chemicals in any nail paint that is collectively referred to as the “Toxic Trio”.
Any nail polish need to have the basic ingredients outlined as follows:
In addition to the above list, thickening agents and ultraviolet filters are also used. Now, you don’t require a chemist to certify that the chemicals in nail paint aren’t exactly good for health. Here is a situation where common-sense prevails. There is no nail point completely free from ill effects.
Remember DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde, the “deadly trio” we talked about in the beginning?
Formaldehyde is far from being harmless, dubbed to be carcinogenic in nature it could cause ear, nose, and skin irritation. DBP and Toluene are known to disrupt reproduction causing birth defects.In addition to other anomalies Toluene could produce symptoms of headache, fatigue and dizziness. In a recently published Toxic Substance Control Report in California, it has been revealed that more than 48000 women working in nail parlors are exposed to a fairly high degree of risk. DTSC (Department of Toxic Substance Control) has corroborated the fact with research that “Toxic Trio” could lead to chronic ill health and create conditions like asthma when inhaled for long over a considerable period of time. Almost 121000 licensed nail artists working in different salons are being exposed to these harmful chemicals day in and day out.
Apart from this there are other harmful chemicals no less deadly than the rest.
Brand analysts conducted extensive research and survey with 25 brands randomly before they could unanimously agree on the following:
- Out of 12 products at least 10 of them contains Toluene despite the claims of companies for being Toluene free.
- Contrary to company declaration of their products being free from the “Toxic Trio”, 5 out of 7 are found to be containing at least one of the above compounds in disturbing level.
Is there anything as non-toxic nail polish? It’s often a challenge to analyze the so called “natural” nail paints. If you take a look at the ingredient list of Aquarel,a natural brand of nail polish, you’d find Acrylic Polymer Emulsion, water and non-toxic coolant to be the main constituents of the product. Now what is Acrylic Polymer Emulsion? To that you don’t have a clear answer and it continues remaining a grey area.
Brands like Honeybee garden, Scotch Naturals and Piggy Paints are in the same league for non-disclosure of ingredients. The claim of being natural therefore cannot be substantiated with concrete facts.
The crux of the story remains simple. Firstly, the concept of 100% safe nail polish is a myth that is to be nipped at the bud.
Some polishes are water based whereas others are solvent based. Water based nail paints use water along with other ingredients and are known as natural/non-toxic. Solvent based nail polishes are conventionally prepared and no matter how much the manufacturer brags of these being non-toxic, they are similar to any conventional paint in the market.
Prevention is any time better than cure so play safe and use your colors in moderation. This’d considerably reduce chances of damage. As a best practice always keep your children strictly out of this entire nail tale.