I recently heard that nail polish contains harmful toxins, Is that true?

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Yes that is true. 

Many of today’s conventional nail polishes contain an array of cryptic ingredients including a variety of  harmful toxins.  One of the most toxic ingredients in nail polish is called phthalate.  Phthalate, such as dibutyl phthalate (DBP) has been proven by research studies to interfer with normal hormone balance and can cause other health problems as well as severe birth defects.  Phthalate is a very effective plasticizer that gives nail polish flexibility and helps prevent the nail polish from cracking.  Phthalate is also a very low volatile chemical (which means it will not evaporate quickly).  So once polish is applied to nails, phthalate will stay on the nails with the polish and can penetrate into our bodies.  Another is formaldehyde-releasing ingredients which are used in preserving the formulation.  Formaldehyde has been reported as a carcinogenic chemical ( it’s used to preserve corpses for goodness sakes). 

These are only a few of the toxins in the average bottle of nail polish, so the next time you go to polish your nails or heaven forbid, your kids nails, think about what you are applying!

By the way, don’t bother clicking any of the ads you see on this page, unless it is just to send the advertisers nasty letters about potential health risks…

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