A lot has been said about the toxic ingredients in makeup over the past few years. And we should pay attention to what we apply to our faces, hair, and nails. We often get seduced by luxurious brands, fancy packaging and new developments that promise to up our beauty game even more. But although we try to treat our bodies with care by getting enough sleep, avoiding stress, eating right (I do check labels more than I ever did), do we really take good care of ourselves by using cosmetics by brands we have been using for years without even knowing the long list of ingredients that are used, with many containing toxic components?
It’s exactly this that had us pondering upon what to do about our love for makeup products (you’ll have to check out my extensive nail polish collection) on one side and the need to use products that are as natural as possible, without missing out on proper function. We all know that although a product looks well in the organic products category, if it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, it’s gonna end up in that far corner of your cosmetics drawer, next to that awful smelling bottle of perfume you once got from your nan (you just can’t throw it out, because if was a gift) and that weird looking lipgloss color you bought ages ago, but don’t have a clue why, because nobody could ever pull that color off (let’s just say it was for a Halloween party), on the other.
Toxins in Nail Polish
Nail polish is one of those products we all have, but as you may guess, there are many very toxic varieties on the market. I used to select my favorites by the color that appealed to me most, but that sharp smell we are all used to, it’s a chemical fume that’s not good for us at all! Various brands have developed their products, leaving out toxic ingredients, such as dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, and toluene (AKA the toxic trio). DBP is the main ingredient in creating a “chip-free” lacquer, formaldehyde functions as a hardener, and toluene creates the smooth texture to the polish. So this is what they call a 3-free polish. Taking it a step further is the 5-free polish which means that the polish also doesn’t contain formaldehyde resin and camphor. So next time you get your nails done or buy a new color for a DIY session, make sure it doesn’t contain the ingredients as mentioned above!