We are in the middle of summer sandal season. I love painting my toenails a rainbow of colors during this time of year. That could pose a problem since I'm into creating a chemical-free life and there are a lot of potentially toxic ingredients in many popular brands of nail polish. Four of the scariest are formaldehyde (which is used in embalming fluid and can cause cancer), toluene (which is used in gasoline, affects the nervous system, and can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye irritation), dibutyl-pthalate (DBP) (has been linked to reproductive problems), and triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) (which is used as a fire retardant and has been linked to disruptions in the endocrine system.) A recent study by researchers at Duke University found measurable TPHP inside the bodies of women just 10-14 hours after they applied nail polish that contained that ingredient.Duke University TPHP Study
Here's what I do to limit my exposure to toxic ingredients and still have fun using nail polish.
- I do not paint my fingernails.
- I only paint my toenails in the summer during sandal season.
- I use one of the safer nail polish brands.
If you want to create a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy nail polish, use it in moderation, and consider trying one of the safer brands that don't contain as many toxic ingredients, such as: Benecos,Honey Bee Gardens,Nubar, Piggy Paint, and Safe Nail Polish.
I like Safe Nail Polish.It is water based, nontoxic,odorless,hypoallergenic, and made in America. Most of the safer brands of nail polish are more expensive than traditional brands. Safe Nail Polish is $10.95 a bottle. It is cost effective because it will last two to three years.I have used a bottle three summers with no change in texture.Two coats is all you need. It dries hard to the touch in five minutes and is water repellent after two hours. Safe Nail Polish
Here's to colorful summer toenails and a chemical-free life for all!