I consider myself a healthy person. I try to eat healthy and live a healthy conscious life. However there are times I think that I need to look into much deeper into things to understand them and to see if there are no hidden secrets. Nail polish is one of those things that holds secrets.
I have used nail polish since I was a child. First to play with it and then to enhance the look of my nails. But there are things with nail polish that you must be aware of. So I went and I investigated and got hold of a study.
This study showed that a large number of the nail polishes sold around the world can harm you badly.
What did the study show on nail polish?
A number of scientists decided to reach out to 20 women. They all were heavy users of nail polish. So the scientist checked them for traces of chemicals.
Unfortunately, results were highly disturbing. They showed that they had a number of toxins in their bodies. What was more disturbing is that scientists could trace back these toxins to the nail polish.
The toxins were triphenyl phosphate. When they investigated a little further, they found that after 10 hours from using nail polish, this deadly substance was already in their bodies.
A second study confirmed what had already been documented in the first one. They went and investigated the different components of nail polishing and identified that 8 out of 10 nail polish brands contain this dangerous chemical.
The sad thing is that only six out of 8 labelled that they contained this chemical.
Better known as TPHP or triphenyl phosphate. It is a chemical that is linked to several diseases. The main issue is that it affects your endocrine system.
Dr. Heather Stapleton, a leading scientists of one of the two studies, defined that TPHP negatively affect the production of hormones, reproduction and metabolism. That does not sound good.
So if your children use nail polishing, then they are at risk. All our children need proper development and hormonal balance at a young age. So teenage girls using nail polish will be definitely affected.
Though this is known to governments and politicians, nothing has been done about it. TPHP has long been considered a dangerous neurotoxin and endocrine toxin. It is also a toxin that produce skin allergen and irritant.
Formaldehyde is another toxin found in nail polishing. It is a very dangerous chemical. Its particularity is to easily dissolved in water or air. It is the chemical that gives nail polishes their specific scent. You know what I mean.
If you use a lot of polish, you may experience asthma and breathing difficulties. So better stay away from polish if you are suffering from chronic diseases.
Toluene is a dangerous chemical. It is a substance that has been long linked to child development disruptions. If you are breast feeding, then the substance can end up in your milk too. This chemical has shown to produce skin irritation.
The industry is moving away from TPHP. They are starting to use other substances. However this does not mean that the selected substance is good.
For instance, they use dibutyl phthalate, which is as dangerous as TPHP. In fact it has the same negative effects. It affects the reproductive system and disrupts the hormonal balance.
This is better and is good news for women. Nowadays, natural nail polish products exists. For instance you can get Honeybee Gardens, Acquarella, SpaRitual and Peacekeeper Cause-Metics.
With these you are not required to stop nail polishing. What I would advise you to do, is to checks the labels on your favorite nail polish. If it contains any of the above chemical, just switch to a natural one.
Now you know the dangers of nail polishing. If you have a daughter, do not tell her to stay away from nail polish. What you should do is to speak to her and show her this post.
Then get her some nice natural nail polish solution. We listed 4 of them. And if you use nail polishing, then aim for the natural one too.
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