For as long as I can remember, I have always seen a woman with nail polish on their finger and even toenails. Now thinking about it, I am alarmed by the health risks that women expose themselves to and what’s more, on a daily basis and for most of their lives.
This is because commercial nail polish has been proven to be hazardous to the health of users. In a recent study that was conducted, 24 women that use nail polish were observed and it was discovered that each and every test subject had a chemical compound known as triphenyl phosphate and in just 10 hours after using nail polish, they began to exhibit the classic symptoms of exposure to this chemical compound.
This chemical compound is quite common in the nail polish available in the open market and chances are, the labels of these nail polish may not even indicate the presence of this chemical compound and other equally hazardous chemicals like it.
The Dangers Of Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP)
- It can adversely affect out endocrine system and consequently the hormones that are responsible for our metabolism and reproduction.
- It can cause developmental detects as it is a neurotoxin.
- It can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
Other Harmful Chemical Compounds Found In Nail Polish
- Dibutyl Phthalate
This chemical compound can adversely affect the reproductive system and it also affects the balance in a person’s hormones.
This is a chemical compound found in nail polish and it is a carcinogenic compound known to be able to go – water and air bourne. It causes the following health issues;
- Difficulty breathing
- Itchy throat
This chemical compound can irritate the skin and in pregnant women it can cause poor foetal development.
Alternative Nail Polish Options
You can stop using conventional nail polish and switch to alternative nail polish options that are safe for use and have no adverse effect on your health. Here are some that you can consider using today.
- Honeybee Gardens
This is a water-based nail polish brand, it comes in different colours and it is free from any carcinogenic chemical compound.
This is a water-based nail polish that comes in over 50 nail polish colours. It is safe for use and does not have any mercury, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate or toluene.
This is vegetable based nail polish brand that is free from harmful chemical compounds.
- Peacekeeper Cosmetics
This alternative nail polish brand has nail polish that do not contain any of the harmful chemicals found in conventional nail polish, it also has argan oil that is mixed with their nail polish to help to moisturise your finger and toe nails.
When you decide to buy nail polish, lookout for alternative brands that are made from naturally occurring products, so as to protect your health from the hazards of the carcinogens you will find in conventional nail polish brands.