You can still have the perfect mani, but without the harmful chemicals.
You may have heard about 3-free, 4-free and 5-free nail polishes. But what does that mean?
3-free nail polish means that there is no formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (and actually an unnecessary ingredient) and Toluene is a chemical that is in gasoline and household paint. It’s used to help suspend the polish throughout the bottle. So why put it in? So you don’t have to shake the bottle that often which is ridiculous! Dibutyl phthalate (or DBP) is a plasticizer that used in nail polish to help reduce cracking and brittleness. It has been linked to cancer in lab animals and has been suspected of causing development and fertility concerns for humans.
4-free is missing the above three plus formaldehyde resin.
5-free is camphor-less. You’d think camphor isn’t harmful, considering it’s in muscle rubs, but it’s a potential irritant.
Now there are water based polishes which are even much healthier. These don’t even require a remover as they soak off in hot water. They may not be for those who spend lots of time in the pool or take long, hot showers.
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Now that the science lesson is over, let’s get to picking out polishes!
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