All women want to paint their nails, wanting them to look good. But, do you know that nail polish can damage the nails? That its chemical ingredients penetrate from our nails into our bodies?


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Recent research, comparing the results of 24 women participants, tested the effects of the chemical toxins found in nail polish. What was discovered is that, in just 10 hours, there was a presence of the same toxins in the body of every woman. It’s clear that their source is nail polish.

In 100 percent of the participants, there was a presence of triphenyl phosphate, in just 10 hours after the manicure. Isn’t this scary and worrying?

How Toxic Is Your Favorite Nail Polish?

As we just mentioned, nail polish contains triphenyl phosphate. Doesn’t ring a bell? That’s ok. Not many people read all the ingredients on a label, before they buy something.

What’s Triphenyl Phosphate? Is It Really That Scary?

Triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP is a chemical used as plasticizer and a flame retardant. It is widely used in the PVC industry, for electronic equipment, glues, and so on. When it comes to TPHP, what worries the most is that it disrupts the functioning of the endocrine system, responsible for all our hormones. This is especially harmful for girls in puberty, who regularly use nail polish. And we all know that proper hormonal development plays an important role during puberty and growth. But it’s not just girls, this chemical ingredient threatens the health of anyone exposed.

Other Ingredients Commonly Found In Nail Polish

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that can be dissolved in both, water and air. Exposing our bodies to this ingredient can cause sore throat, asthma and difficulties breathing. People with chronic illnesses are especially vulnerable to formaldehyde poisoning.

Toluene is a chemical known to interfere with children’s development. In addition, after exposure, it can be irritating to the skin.

Your manicure should be a fun way to express yourself. Not to threaten your health, or your children’s health. Hence, if you practice it too often, you ought to make some changes. For the sake of your health, if you cannot stop using nail polish, at least try to put some limits.