When it comes to my beauty routine, I try to keep things as natural as possible. Many of today’s most popular brands are laced with potentially harmful chemicals like phthalates (chemicals that give plastics flexibility and are used as binders in makeup, but have also been linked to causing cancer). The idea that a bunch of potentially harmful chemicals could be resting on my face, does not sit well with me. So when it comes to stocking my beauty cabinet, I try to be selective and mindful of my choices. However, I noticed that I was a whole lot less diligent when it came to my nail polish selection.
For me, nail polishes have always been an impulse purchase. Nothing I ever set out to buy, but something I’m inevitably drawn to while strolling the makeup aisles in Target. Because of the spontaneous nature of this purchase, I never really stopped to think about the chemicals that I can be putting on my nails. Turns out many traditional nail polishes have a bunch of chemicals that are no bueno.
One such chemical is triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) – a suspected endochrine-disruptor. And it’s in about 49 percent of the 3,000 nail polishes and treatments in EWG’s database! A study by Duke University and the Environmental Working Group found the chemical shows up in people’s urine after they’ve come in contact with the chemical in nail polish, revealing the risk of high level of exposure. And that’s just one of the harmful chemicals! Once I became aware of the potential dangers of making my nails look ah-mazing, I set out to find natural nail polish alternatives. The big question I had was if this polishes would still have great quality and if they had lasting power. I was pleasantly surprised.
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