For a good old-fashioned French manicure, many of us would never leave the house without a slick of nail polish.
And we increasingly visit nail salons to have our nails painted perfectly.
But one scientist has warned the chemicals in nail care products contain toxic chemicals that can cause serious affect our health.
Nail care products contain, in varying amounts, many toxic and potentially hazardous ingredients.
Researchers have identified toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate – nicknamed the ‘toxic trio’ because of their serious health impacts – as three chemicals of high concern for salon workers.
In addition to this trio, there are many other harmful chemicals used in nail care products.
Most of those cute little bottles lined up in your bathroom have a secret: they’re filled to the brim with chemicals.
Some nail polish brands have nearly 30 chemicals all combined. These harsh chemicals can not only be bad for the environment, but also bad for you, as they cause nails to become brittle and have harsh fumes. No nail polish is completely natural, but the most important thing to look for are brands that are “3-free,” meaning they don’t use toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde, which are all known carcinogens. Some brands also describe themselves as “5-free” when they don’t use formaldehyde resin or camphor in addition.
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