There’s an overload of information on the net regarding nail polish. One simple search will bombard you with expensive ads showing gorgeous, glossy nails. But if you scroll down the page, there are some alarming studies that'll make you think twice about that mani/pedi. It's an incredibly gray area. In fact, if this topic were a nail polish, it would be "gray" and named “chemical confusion,” but I digress…
You’ve probably caught wind of chemicals found in nail polish. The “toxic trio” - formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) - were exposed over a decade ago. Since then, many cosmetic companies have rebranded themselves as “big three-free,” however what they’ve replaced them with could be just as bad.
I’ll spare you another article about one theory that hasn’t been proven. Instead, here’s a collection of info from various sources. The goal is to show how controversial this product is in the health and scientific community. Take what you like and go down whatever rabbit hole you so choose. Either way, it’s time to stop waiting for “the experts” to look after our wellbeing and to start thinking for ourselves.
DBP, one of the big three chemicals, is known to cause reproductive impairments in male rats. In a study by Duke and the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the chemical was found in every woman tested just 10-14 hours after paining their nails. Most alarmingly, women of childbearing age (and their children) received the highest exposures of it. *More on this under the recommended articles below.
Most cosmetic companies have replaced these chemicals with another called TPHP or TPP. This chemical is now perceived to be just as bad, affecting hormones and metabolism, according to a study published in Environmental International. A big concern here is for pre-teens in their developmental stages having their hormones messed with. As if being a teenager isn't hard enough.
In 2012, California’s Department of Toxic Substances revealed that many cosmetic companies claiming to be “three-free” were overwhelmingly not.
Countless studies have proven that these chemicals are harmful. The argument is we use them in such small amounts; it’s not a concern.
Common Sense Fact: This industry is widely unregulated and worth over a BILLION DOLLARS. So somebody's kids are getting braces because of this.
Gel manicures with a UV lamp look amazing, but you are still being exposed to cancer causing light. Know the wattage, wear gloves or sunscreen, and keep it to a minimum.
We have the freedom of choice here and it’s important to stay in the loop with the latest research so we can make educated ones. This issue isn’t going away anytime soon, and despite the popular saying, what we don’t know actually can hurt us.
Do You Know What's in Your Nail Polish? By Dr. Mercola
These Nail Polish Brands Contain a Chemical That Could Mess With Your Hormones, By Mother Jones
Nail Salon UV Lamps: Are They Safe? By CBS News
Duke Researchers Find Nail Polish Chemical in Women's Bodies. By EcoWatch
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