Nail Polish: More Harmful Than you Think


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I have a pretty solid addiction to painting my nails. It's gotten to the point that when I do take my nail polish off, my nails are gross and yellow and I've been told that they look like a smoker's nail. However, lack of sunlight and oxygen to the nail is not the only negative side effect of long term nail polish wear. A lot of nail polish contains a decent amount of gross chemicals. This Huffington Post article explains that in the past most nail polishes contained chemicals including formaldehyde, toluene and DBP, which can cause eyes, skin, nose and throat irritation, and headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. These chemicals can all be absorbed through the nail bed into your body. However, recently, certain brands such as OPI and Sally Hansen opted to get rid of those chemicals after complaints from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Harm from nail polish doesn't end there though. When polish is thrown out their toxicity can be leaked into the soil and groundwater. So basically, they're about as bad for the environment as insecticides and car batteries. So if you can't live without nail polish like I can't, try out nail polish brands that don't have those harmful chemicals, and you should be good to go!

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I never took the time to think of the negative effects that nail polish may have. After reading your post and checking out the links, it amazed me to see how unhealthy it can be. Unfortunately the general public is not informed or educated about such chemicals, even though they are infused with most products we use. In this day and age, it is almost impossible to find all natural or "vegan" beauty products.
here is a great site I found with vegan nail polish ! http://www.choosingraw.com/you-ask-i-answer-all-about-vegan-nail-polish/

I figured nail polish can't be good for you, especially inhaling the smell of it while doing your nails, but I never realized how detrimental it could be. Whenever I walk into a nail salon, I can't take the smell that is evidence of all the chemicals. Your blog post got me thinking about their health - are manicurists more likely to get cancer or have negative health effects, which may perhaps be linked to the chemicals? This article talks about a current study being conducted to learn more about this possible correlation:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/nail-care/health/nail-salon-workers-cancer1.htm

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