Every woman should take good care of her nails. Of course, this does not exclude all the male representation, but their nail care starts and ends with cutting the nails, and probably filing them in the right and complementary shape for them. With women this is just one step of the long process of taking care of nails. There are so many hands-care and nail products that you might get dizzy if you try to learn them all. There are regular nail polishes, gel nail polishes, cuticle removers, base coats, top coats, and others. With all these product you may think that there is no chance your nails not to be perfectly healthy and strong, but unfortunately this is not true. There are a lot of products that can harm your nails without you realize that they are the reason for it. There are a lot of toxic products that are used in the nail polishes which can harm them. Here is how to protect your nails from the toxins in some products.
The easiest way to recognize if a nail polish is not good for your nails is when your nails turn yellow. When this happens, it means that your nails absorb some some of the pigment from the nail polish. This usually happens when you apply red, pink or other shades of red like dark burgundy. But their color is not the only thing that has a negative effect on the nail. These products contain neurotoxins, carcirogens, and endocrine disruptors. The worst part is that you can find all of these in your collection of fragrances as well. They don’t only harm your nails, but also reduce their dispersion into the natural environment. If you get rid of them, you will not only help yourself but the nature as well.
The dangerous chemicals, also called the harmful trio, are: Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phtalate. These chemicals have been banned in Europe (except from Formaldehyde) because it has been proven that they could lead to cancer and harm certain bodily organs, like the kidneys, brain, and even reproductive system. Well, this means that if you want to be healthy, or at least to stop some of the negative chemical effects on your body, you should stop using beauty products (not only nail polishes) that contain these three buddies. Usually, the cheaper the product it, the more harmful for the nails it will be.
How to protect your nail from the toxins in nail polishes?
One way to do it is to continue using your old products and the other is to use other products instead. If you continue with your old nail polishes, you need to remember not to keep them too long on your nail. The longer they stay, the more your fingers will absorb the toxins. So, you should better change your nail polish every day. You will like the idea if you are one of those people that get bored of the monotony in life. But if you will get nervous or irritated if you have to put a new layer of nail polish every day, then you would better just change your products.
Which products do not contain harmful chemicals?
How to be sure that the product you are using does not contain the dangerous chemicals mentioned above? One way is when you buy expensive nail polishes. You could spend some more money on a product, but at least you will be sure that your nails will be protected and not exposed to toxins. Another way to do it is to read carefully the label of the polish. If it says that it is “3-free”, then it means that it does not have Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phtalate in its formula, and you are could try it. Nowadays there are even “5-free” formulas, which except from the already-mentioned chemicals exclude two more – Camphor and Formaldehyde Resin. And this means that your nail will be even more protected.
Another product you should be careful with is the nail polish remover. Some of them are very harmful for the nails because they are acetone-based ones. Acetone is very strong solvent, and sometimes when it removes the nail polish it may well remove some of the minerals and make them weaker and very dry. So, prefer to use nail polish remover without acetone.
It is important to remember that you should try not to inhale the smell from the nail polishes, no matter what kind of product you use. Whenever you start applying nail polish on, open the window. If you have the chance, you should better go outside when you apply it because this way you will be in even a more ventilated place. It is important to do it because the vapors are as harmful as the product itself.