Whether you only use nail polish for special occasions or your manicurist knows you on a first-name basis, it’s important to know what’s inside those pretty little bottles. It's hard to imagine that something so small, glittery and colorful could be so harmful, but think again!
Since your nails are part of your skin, and skin is your body's largest organ, it's just as important to pay attention to what you're putting on your nails as other, more obvious parts of your body.
Here are three ingredients you should permanently ban from your nail polish collection:
1. Dibutyl phthalate
DBP is used as a plasticizer in most nail care products. This substance is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can lead to cancer and brain development problems by interfering with your hormones. If you’re a nail biter, you really want to stay away from DBP — it’s known to cause kidney and liver failure if it’s sucked or chewed for extended periods. Yikes!
Classified as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, formaldehyde is commonly used in nail hardeners and polish. Be careful when reading ingredient labels as companies often label formaldehyde under a different name to disguise it. Look for any of the following: