Could Your Manicure Be Making You Feel Sick?
Aug. 9, 2020
Classic nail polish has earned quite the bad rap in the last couple of years. People started taking a closer look into the cosmetics industry, and all of a sudden ingredients like parabens and added chemicals were 'canceled.'
It's probably not a shock to most that nail polish isn't made with the healthiest ingredients. If you've ever taken a whiff of it and felt dizzy, you'll know what we mean. But besides irritating your nose, some nail polishes contain solutions and ingredients that can potentially cause health issues. These chemicals could make their way into your bloodstream through your nail beds or when you simply breathe around an open bottle of polish.
We know all of this sounds super scary. All you wanted to do was paint on your favorite OPI or Essie polish, followed by a glossy top coat and call it a day. We have enough to worry about, and now we have to add nail polish to the list?
The good news: Natural alternatives do exist. Nail polish formulas have come a long way. Today, there are options without harmful chemicals and other possibly dangerous ingredients. We're giving you the lowdown on "non-toxic" and "natural" nail lacquers.
Knowing the Nail Polish Lingo:
"Safe" nail lacquers are broken down into categories from "three-free" to "ten-free", referring to the number of harsh or dangerous chemicals they are free from.
So, which nail polish ingredients should you be on the lookout for?
1. Three-Free Nail Polish
The top three ingredients you should steer clear of are formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. Nail lacquers labeled "three-free" will be formulated without these three harsh chemicals.
- Formaldehyde: Did you know formaldehyde is commonly used in the embalming process? Umm, no thank you! It's also known to have cancer-causing agents and can cause skin irritation.
- Toluene: Breathing in too much toluene can lead to headaches and dizziness.
- Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): This makes your polish harden on the nail, but it's proven to weaken the hormonal development of male fetuses.
2. Five-Free Nail Polish
A bit safer than three-free, five-free polishes are created without formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, but it also eliminates camphor or formaldehyde resin.
- Camphor: Camphor is an oil extract that has been shown to cause severe skin reactions.
- Formaldehyde resin: Formaldehyde resin has been shown to link to cancer directly, and for some patients, it's provoked dermatitis.
3. Seven-Free Nail Polish
Seven-free polishes are created without the five chemicals we mentioned above, plus they five-free leave out xylene and triphenyl phosphate.
- Xylene: When inhaled, xylene can cause dizziness, nausea, and in more extreme cases, vomiting.
- Triphenyl phosphate: This is a type of synthetic chemical that can do some severe harm to your hormones. Some studies have shown it's also potentially toxic to liver cells.
4. Eight-Free Nail Polish
Eight-free formulas are free from all the ingredients we mentioned above plus ethyl tosylamide and triphenyl phosphate.
- Ethyl tosylamide: This is a type of chemical known to be the culprit of severe allergic reactions and could potentially cause liver damage in extreme cases.
5. Nine-Free Nail Polish
Nine-free nail lacquers are free from all of these chemicals, plus they're free from parabens and acetone.
- Parabens: Parabens are a type of preservative found in a slew of cosmetic products. They mimic the estrogen hormone and have been linked with breast tumors.
- Acetone: You'll probably recognize this as what you remove nail polish with, not apply it, but many nail polish formulas actually contain acetone. Acetone has been ruled safe by the FDA, but it can cause a sore throat when inhaled.
6. Ten-Free Nail Polish
The 'safest' nail polish on the market is ten-free. It's free from any of the harmful additives we mentioned. Plus, they don't contain animal byproducts - meaning it's vegan!
Who makes non-toxic nail polish?
Popular and indie nail polish brands are crossing off many of these toxic ingredients from their formulas list. We do have more vegan, non-toxic, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan nail lacquers available today than ever before. Luckily for those who love a fresh manicure, nail polish quality doesn't seem to be compromised. Be on the lookout for top-rated 'safer' nail polishes. And if the smell makes you never want to repaint your nails, water-based formulas are odorless.
Clear Hydrated Skin The Clean Way✨
Staying in the trend of clean beauty, I have found an amazing product to add to my everyday routine. Odacité SKINCARE - Blue Aura Cleansing Water This is a cleansing water that is marketed to use in place of your cleanser for a “quick” clean. When looking for a good cleansing water, you want one that is hydrating and gets your face clean. Keep in mind not all cleansing waters are designed to clean makeup (I highly recommend a cleansing balm and cleanser). About This Brand: ✨Vegan ✨Cruelty Free ✨Certified Organic ✨ NO: Fillers | Parabens | Nanoparticles | Petrochemicals | PEG | Synthetic perfumes | Dyes | Phenoxyethanol. This cleansing water is so hydrating and satisfying to use. It smells very fresh and a little goes a long way. What is very important to me is my dry spot aren’t tight or irritated. I have been using this day and night and have seen amazing results acne and skin barrier wise. I included this in my routine after a regular cleanser and before my serums. So essentially, I use this as a “toner”. I do this to clean up anything my cleanse left behind, or the cleanser itself. INGREDIENTS: ✨Tumeric: Amazing for hyperpigmentation and overall skin brightness ✨Holy Basil: I drink the tea and can vouch this is an amazing adaptogen that can overall benefit every aspect of your life. It combats aging and free radical damage. ✨Neem: great anti aging ingredient that helps protects your skin barrier. ✨Aloe Vera Juice: this is great for your skin barrier overall. It hydrated, protects and brightens. I highly recommend this cleansing water and it is on sale for $9 at Boxycharm Pop Up 🥰🥰
Skin Barrier Skin Savior 🙏🏾
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩🤩 Something thing I am very particular about is my moisturizer. My skin barrier tends need the extra TLC and the best thing to give it is moisture. So when I look for a moisturizer I need something that gives me instant hydration and doesn’t clog my pores. So when I received the : BASE BUTTER - Radiate Face Jelly Aloe Vera Gel Face Moisturizer I was so excited! The Brand : ✨Black Owned ✨Women Owned ✨Cruelty Free ✨Non-Comedogenic ✨Vegan ✨Paraben Free 🔑 Ingredients : ✨Aloe Vera Juice ✨Shea Butter ✨Evening Primrose Oil Okay, as you can see your girl woke up DULL! The only thing I did for this video was wash my face and use this to show y’all the transformation! I was using this EVERY night but last night I used my acne treatment routine and your girl FELT THAT (salicylic acid can be so drying to my combo skin). What’s my favorite part? This baby doesn’t have a smell or heavy greasy feel, so it perfect year round! At $21 this is a DEAL ! (The line I used on my cheek covered the entire bottom portion of my face!) Have you tried this brand?
Drunk Elephant- The Littles 🐘
I won this cute little kit in a raffle & I couldn’t be more thankful! I have always wanted to try these products but never wanted to spend the money on all of them incase I didn’t like them! Inside this kit are the following products: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Deluxe Sample DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 That’s literally a whole skincare routine! So far I started out my day with one of Drunk Elephants infamous “Face Smoothies” I washed my face with Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser & then combined C-Firma Day Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, & Protini Polypeptide Cream together on my mixing trey with a disposable skincare spatula! I applied it all over my face & neck. Once that absorbed, I applied Umbra Tinte Daily Defense SPF 30 over my face & neck & was done! I love how the kit comes with steps to walk you through different routines you can use in the morning or at night! I will do a follow up review after I have used all the products for a few weeks! But so far, my skin feels & looks great! I have been breaking out lately & haven’t felt the best about my skin so I really needed this pick me up!! Thank you for reading! You guys are the best!! ❤️ @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
So I recently received the Mimi Co Exfoliating Wand via IG PR. I couldn’t wait to do a full facial and I decided to do it tonight. Order: I purchased a steamer from Amazon for $23 and I’m obsessed with it (DM me for product info). I started with UpCircle - Cleansing Face Balm With Apricot Powder As my oil cleanse to get my sunscreen from today off and any other oils and dirts. INDIE LEE - Purifying Face Wash This cleanser is perfect for getting dirts and oils from skin as well. It’s not drying and it’s totally worth it! I paired it with a face cleansing scrub brush, I also purchased from Amazon. I love it and I paid around $20 for it as well! It doubles the vibration frequency put out by Foreo. CLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask This was the mask I chose for the enzyme properties. This breaks down dirts and oils in pores and dead skin cells. I also steamed my face during this time. Follain - Toning Mist: Balance + Prime This was what I sprayed over my face for the prep for my exfoliating wand. I didn’t have a true medium and I am out of Aloe Vera plants so😭 I then exfoliated with my wand starting at my cheeks and working upward and then to my forehead. I went down and to the sides of my nose. Glow slow! innisfree - Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion I used the toner to cleanse my skin and get any dirts left over from me exfoliating. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I use this as my hydrating mask. I took the back of my Mimi Co Wand on switched to the Moisturizing Setting. I gently slid upwards my entire face for the last 2 mins only and then wiped the mask off with a damp cloth. earthtoskin - Tea Time Anti Aging Eye Cream This is the most hydrating eye cream I own. I used this with the back of my cleansing brush on the heat setting! Yes it made my eye feel so hydrated and relaxed. fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This was the final step as a good moisturizer seals in everything! To prevent acne I use the SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil as my last step. I didn’t use an astringent type toner, so I wanted to still treat my skin💚
Drink of water for your skin!
We’re in the deep of winter and our skin get dehydrated and beaten by the harsh elements. Treat your skin to a pure drink of water that is based with pure Artic water —The ultra pure water that flows from the Arctic is known for its unique functional composition that’s buzzed about for helping to recharge dull-looking skin. By adding moisture back in helps fortify your skin and enhances skins’ luminosity. LUMENE - Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence Serum 30ml $12-$25 depends on size and retail. Based with pure artic spring water and two types o hyaluronic acids this serum is super emollient and hydrating. Love love love how gentle this formula is. LUMENE - Nordic C Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion $14-$18 A gorgeous lightweight toning essence with pure artic water, hyaluronic acids and vitamin c rich berry complex. I love that it is gentle and not drying. 🐰 cruelty free and sustainably sourced
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