Out With The Toxins, In With The Breathable Air

Nail Polish

I threw out my nail polish today. All of it.

I used to be the polished glossy gal with the shiny straightened hair, designer jeans, and perfectly manicured nails. If you know me in this life, you probably just scoffed. You are lucky to see me wear anything other than jeans and tank tops, in a neutral, and flip-flops. Make-up? Sometimes. Nails polished? Never.

I did some research a while back about the health hazards in beauty products. (If you are interested to know what chemicals are mixed to produce your make-up, lotion, shampoo, etc., and its effects on your body, you can research it here on the EWG’s Skin Deep website.) After a massive clean out of my make-up bag and toiletry cabinets, for some reason, I just left the basket of nail polish sitting in the closet. I don’t know why. I haven’t used any of it in months. For the “What if’s”? What if I just go ahead and toss it so I don’t have to say “What if” anymore? So I did. And here is why (Thanks! eHow for sharing this information.):

Dibutyl Phthalates //

Dibutyl Phthalates are chemicals found in most nail polishes. DBPs have been linked to early puberty in girls and uterine problems in women, according to carefair.com. Health problems in men have also been linked to this chemical such as testicular cancer and low sperm count. Extended exposure to DBPs can cause immediate effects like nausea, vomiting, headaches and dizziness. However, there are also long-term consequences in exposure to this chemical such as kidney and liver damage. Pregnant women are warned about birth defects cause by Dibutyl Phthalates.

Toluene //

Toluene is a chemical used in nail polish. It is a clear and colorless liquid used to make dyes and paints. Toluene is also used for paint thinners and explosives. This dangerous chemical has been known to affect the function of the central nervous system, according to greenlivingtips.com. Exposure to toluene can cause headaches, fatigue and dizziness. This chemical in nail polish has also been linked to kidney and liver failure.

Formaldehyde //

One of the ingredients in nail polish is formaldehyde. This chemical is used for its preservative qualities. However, formaldehyde can cause dangerous health effects. Exposure to the chemical can cause wheezing, coughing and irritation to the throat, according to greenlivingtips.com. Formaldehyde is also harmful when it comes into direct contact with skin. Skin irritation and rashes occur from exposure to this chemical.

(This post was originally published on our sticks or stones blog, which is no longer in publication.)

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