Protect the health of your children and yourself with safer Nail Polish Options by making conscious choices when it comes to your nail lacquer. When you see toddlers or other youngsters with nail polish on their digits, what’s your first thought? “Cute,” or “What was Mama thinking?” No matter which side of the fence you come down on, we’re here to share with you the straight facts on lacquer – what’s healthy, what isn’t, and what to look for.
With regard to the nail polish you wear, some varieties are “safer” than others. We say “safer” because every bottle of polish is filled to the brim with chemicals. However, the chemicals vary depending on the brand or line of polish.
Many brands of polish are “3-free,” meaning they lack three toxic chemicals that are common in other lines of lacquer. These chemicals are toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde – all known carcinogens.
Rarer but also available are some brands claiming to be “5-free,” meaning that in addition to leaving out those three toxic chemicals, they also omit formaldehyde resin and camphor. Double-check the ingredients in your polish to make sure you’re using the safest brand possible.