Wanting to get your nails did, but concerned about the harsh chemicals in your nail polish? It's no secret that many conventional nail lacquers are filled to the brim with nasty chemicals. These nasties can be quite toxic to have around adults, yet alone young children - which is why we should all be aware of what exactly we're putting on our nails when using these nail products.
The golden rule to maintaining healthy nails when getting them treated has, for a long time, been to avoid the 'toxic trio' - dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, and toluene - but what do these words (of which we can barely pronounce) mean for our health? Extended exposure to DBP and toluene, for instance, can lead to birth defects and developmental problems in the children of pregnant women. Combined with formaldehyde, which is a known human carcinogen, these chemicals make up to be the most toxic trio of them all.
Luckily, however, an increasing number of brands have begun formulating products that are '3-free' - meaning, they've been made without the use of the 'toxic trio'. You'll be relieved to know that many consumer-favourites, such as Essie and O.P.I, are already '3-free'! Some brands have gone even further to avoid other nasties (including the 'toxic trio') from their nail products, labelling their polishes '5-free', '7-free', '8-free', and even '10-free'. Although it's difficult for nail polish to be 100% free of chemicals, there are many brands available today that are working hard to ensure painting nails remain worry-free and fun!
To help you get started on maintaining stronger, healthier finger nails, we've listed below some of our favourite brands that are labelled '-free':
- Piggy Paint (for kids)
- Smith and Cult
- Butter London
- Kester Black
Have you tried any of these non-toxic nail polish brands before? Let us know what you think of them in the comment section below!