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Earlier today, I read an article on Michelle Phan's website about toxic chemicals in nail polish. She talked about the way scientists have flip-flopped their theories on how dangerous the stuff actually is, even arguing over whether a threat exists at all. I did a little research, and just in April of this year, researchers found toxic substances in polishes claiming to be “non-toxic.” Some of these substances have even been found to cause birth defects! They include chemicals like formaldehyde, which is commonly used to preserve body parts. You know that frog you had to dissect in Bio class? Yeah, he'd been bathing in formaldehyde for a little while. That's why he smelled so awful.
Chemicals like these are very dangerous, and are being found in ridiculously high levels in many polishes, even those that claim to exclude them.
Michelle said that she believes that because new brands and types of polishes are coming out every day, it's really hard to keep up with which ones include what ingredients. I completely agree with this, but it's no reason not to be careful. Here are some tips on keeping yourself safe when dealing with nail polishes.
1. If you're going to a salon, ask for natural polishes in your manicure (there are several companies that supply all-natural polish, though they differ from area to area), and choose a salon with good ventilation.
2. If you're doing your own nails, wear a mask! If professionals do it, shouldn't you?
3. Don't paint your nails more often than you have to. If you're a blogger or someone who needs to paint your nails frequently, try to keep it to a minimum of every few days, and wear a mask while doing so. Remember to paint your nails in a well-ventilated room, and always wash your hands afterward!
4. Keep your tools clean. Always clean your nail file, clippers, or any tool you use repeatedly on your nails. This kills germs and may also help stop chemical buildup.
I hope these tips help keep you prepared to deal with the toxins that can be found in nail polishes. It's scary to think you might be putting toxic substances right on your hands! But with a little forethought, you can hopefully cancel out any harmful effects. Since nail polish is applied in such small quantities, it isn't really life-threatening, per se, but is definitely something to be concerned about.
So keep yourself up-to-date and safe the next time you decide to head to a salon, or do you nails at home. Click here to read Michelle's full article on her site.