With some chemicals being just as home in our beauty drawer as in a mortuary it’s no surprise that more of us are becoming beauty rebels in search of healthier products. The five free nail polish revolution has been making waves in the beauty world over the last couple of years. So why is it important to opt for 5 free nail polish products? Here’s the scoop on what’s in your polish that might make you cringe;
The word formaldehyde is likely to conjure images of a mortuary or a science class with preserved frogs in jars but this preservative is very common in nail polish. This chemical is a known carcinogen (meaning it causes cancer) but health concerns also include allergic reactions and breathing problems. Formaldehyde is used as a nail hardener and preservative.
- Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)
This chemical has been linked to cancer and health concerns include problems with the endocrine system, increased risk of diabetes and reproductive issues. DBP is used because it increases the flexibility of the polish.
This ingredient that acts as a solvent to dissolve or combine other chemicals is derived from petroleum. It’ll make your nail polish smoother and application even but it can also make you dizzy, cause headaches, liver and kidney damage.
- Formaldehyde Resin
This plasticizer used to add depth gloss and durability to your polish is listed as a toxin and can cause an allergic reaction.
This waxy substance is derived from certain trees, it may smell good and makes your nail polish more flexible and durable but it’s highly flammable and includes health concerns such as headaches, dizziness and nausea. In high amounts it can cause seizures.
Although all of the ingredients above are legal and present in most of the top selling nail polishes the side effects has resulted in nail polish earning the title of toxic house hold waste. Luckily there is a new wave of healthier nail polishes available that have completely or to a large extent eliminated these toxic ingredients. Some of our favourites include; Zoya, OPI, China Glaze and Sally Hansen.
Unfortunately some of these polishes are more expensive and don’t perform as well as their toxic counterparts. You might like to check out DinkiBelle nail wraps. Our nail wraps are 5 free, non toxic and can last up to 14 days rivalling some UV gel nail polishes. Their also easy to apply and gives you a professional looking manicure in minutes.