23 September 2008

Conventional nail polishes dispensed at most drugstores and nail salons contain toxic chemicals, including :
  • Danger Nail PolishToluene. Which may cause simple headaches and eye, ear, nose and throat irritation to nervous system disorders and damage to the liver and kidneys.
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP). A chemical plasticizer. DBP is banned in European Union but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States hasn’t yet. Women of childbearing age should avoid all exposure to DBP when they’re considering becoming pregnant, when they’re pregnant, or when they’re nursing.
  • Formaldehyde.
There Are Safer nail polishes available at natural health or beauty supply stores from online outlets such as Natural Solutions and Infinite Health Resources. These products contain naturally minerals and plant extracts to beautify nails without toxic ingredients :
  • Danger Nail PolishHoneybee Gardens
  • PeaceKeeper
  • Jerrie
  • Visage Naturel
  • Sante
According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of organizations that includes EWG and the Breast Cancer Fund, Avon, Estee Lauder, Revlon and L’Oreal confirmed last year that they would begin removing DBP from products. And leading drugstore brand Sally Hansen has said it is reformulating all of its products to remove DBP and toluene as well as formaldehyde, which is also known to cause cancer and reproductive problems.

Danger Nail PolishExposure to toxic chemicals is not the only health concern associated with nail salons, where nail fungus and bacteria can lurk on the underside of any emery board. Check the salon for cleanliness before signing up for services to make sure attendants disinfect all tools and equipment between customers, and even recommends bringing in one’s own manicure or pedicure kit so as to minimize the transmission of any unsightly or painful maladies.

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