Many personal care products are known to be toxic. What about your harmless little bottle of nail color, is it toxic too?
Well, you might be surprised to find out you do need to watch the ingredients in nail polish especially if you let your children paint their nails or if you’re pregnant.
The rest of us should do our best to avoid the toxins in nail polish, too.
It’s one less thing to worry about and it’s fairly easy to control.
I like to reduce my toxin exposure when I can so my body can work on detoxing the ones I can’t control.
3 Ingredients To Watch Out For
Some of the chemical ingredients found in nail polish have been found to be detrimental to human health for a number of reasons.
Here are the top 3 toxins to watch out for:
- Toluene: It can cause problems in the central nervous system, dizziness, and reproductive harm.
- Formaldehyde: A carcinogen that is used in laboratories to preserve dead things. There are strict warnings for use of formaldehyde in anything that touches the skin or can be inhaled.
- DBP: Known to cause reproductive problems and is classified as a highly dangerous chemical causing problems in the organs and endocrine. So much so, that DBP is banned in Europe.
Those 3 together make up what some call the toxic trio .
Most major brands are removing these ingredients but keep an eye out when you purchase your next polish.
Most toxins in nail polish are respiratory toxins meaning when you breathe in the VOC’s, they are damaging to your lungs. That’s why I like to stay away from nail salons and encourage you to find safer nail polish to use at home.
These Are 4 Less Toxic Nail Polishes I’ve Tried
Scotch Naturals (you can find it here)
Honeybee Gardens (you can find it here)
Piggy Paint (you can find it here)
Butter (you can find it here)
Confession: I Hate To Paint My Nails
I know hate is a pretty strong word. But really, I’m too impatient to let my nail polish dry.
I really do love the way my fingernails look when they are painted but the times I have done a decent job painting them it never fails that someone in the house will need something or I’ll smudge them because I forgot they were wet.
I like my toes to be painted in the summer and I usually can do them without messing up. Usually. 🙂
I don’t like to go to Nail Salons because I don’t like the smell of the fumes.
My friends try to get me to go with them for girls night because they think it’s relaxing. Hmm, I can’t relax when I’m spending $50. I would rather go out to eat or buy new clothes.
Has This Ever Happened To You?
My daughters are 10 and 12. They always want their nails polished. I wish I could tell you I take the time to do their nails but I don’t. Usually, I get frustrated because they won’t sit still.
If you’re a mom you’ve may have experienced this or how about this scenario…
Your daughters are painting their nails and you hear one of them yell that they spilled the polish. Yikes!
What’s The Alternative To Nail Polish?
If you’re like me you may have sworn off nail polish for simplicity sake. Well, I have daughters and that reasoning doesn’t fly around here. 🙂
Thankfully, last month a blogger I’ve been
stalking following posted about how she solved her issues with nail polish. She has 6 kids. That woman has no time to paint her nails much less wait for her polish to dry!
The next week she sent an email to her subscribers (of course, I’m on her list) and because I had a bit of time I decided to do a little research.
The nail polish she mentioned is called Color Street Nails.
I learned that Color Street Nails isn’t exactly nail polish but nail polish strips.
The strips are 95% dry upon application which means no drying time after you put them on!
The other cool thing is they are free of the top 8 toxins found in typical nail polish.
That means they are probably the least toxic way to do your nails.
Fast forward a few days…
She sent me some nails in the mail to try. The girls and I put them on fast. No drying time. No mess. No Fuss.
Needless to say, I’m happy to report all 3 of us are sporting fancy nails and I remained sane during the application! 🙂
I’ve written more about Color Street Nails HERE. The post contains a video that shows how to apply them plus photos of our “fancy nails”.
Where You Can Get Color Street Nails
We love the Color Street Nail Polish Strips so much that I became a “nail stylist”.
You can see the colors and purchase your own Color Street Nails at my link HERE.
What Less Toxic Nail Polish Do You Use?