I’ve always been extremely sensitive to that horrible toxic aroma that hits you when you walk into a nail salon. I’ve always thought that if something smells that bad, how can it possibly be safe to put on your skin? However, I loved getting manis and pedis so I'd just always try and get my beauty treatment done quickly (which sort of defeats the purpose of relaxing and having an enjoyable beauty experience, not a rushed one!)
One day, I noticed that one of my favorite vegan restaurants also has an online store that sells beauty products. They had a whole array of all-natural nail polishes on sale! So I bought a few and read up on them and the company. I was SO excited to learn that there actually IS a healthy and safe alternative!
Your skin is your biggest organ (which I’ve written more about it here) but guess what? Your NAILS are part of your skin! Nail polish is one of the most toxic beauty products. Using healthier alternatives like Priti, Mineral Fusion and Vapour (just to name a few!) can save you from all that toxic exposure.
Priti organic nail polish, for example, is not only DBP, formaldehyde, camphor and toluene free but it also is moisturizing and rebuilds nail strength! I love their acetone-free, soy based nail polish remover that is super moisturizing.
Chemicals found in most nail salons and nail products such as dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, camphor, toluene, and acetone are all carcinogenic. Doctors recommend that pregnant or nursing women stay away from these, but I'd go one step further and say avoid it all the time!
Although I feel fortunate to live in a big city where I found an organic nail salon that offers organic mani’s and pedi’s using Priti products, you can still purchase healthier nail polishes at places like Whole Foods or online and bring them with you to your local nail spot! Not just your nails, but your whole body will thank you for it!
Abby Phon is a certified holistic health & wellness coach, author and public speaker. She received her training at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is a member of the International Association for Health Coaches. Phon leads corporate workshops on nutrition and lifestyle, conducts food tours, cooking demonstrations and offers individual health and nutrition coaching around the world. Her recipes and articles have been published globally by Conscious Divas, Cafe Gratitude, All Things Healing, EatSmart Products and more.