What is Toxin-Free Nail Polish?
Being conscious about the food we consume and the products we put into and onto our bodies is important for our overall health. And that includes what you put on our nails. Did you know that there are healthier and less healthier options when it comes selecting nail polish? On your next trip to the nail salon bring your own Toxin-Free nail polish!
What does “free” mean?
Free is a term used in the beauty community that means a nail polish does not contain, or is free of a certain amount of toxic chemical ingredients. In certain nail polish brands you may see 5-free, 7-free, 9-free or even 12-free. At daniPro, we exceed all of these and therefore we are Toxin-free which is considered the purest of all free nail polishes.
Our nail polishes are created without the most common harmful chemicals found in nail polishes: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, parabens, animal by-products, and fragrance.
So what are these chemicals and why should you avoid them?
- Toluene. You know that strong scent that comes out once you open a nail polish bottle? Well that smell is commonly due to toluene. Toluene is a toxic solvent which suspends the nail color and forms a smooth finish across the nail. Toluene has been listed as a known human respiratory toxicant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Inhalation or exposure to your skin can cause skin irritation, light headedness, and nausea. It is also advised that pregnant women should not be exposed to toluene for long periods of time, as it may cause birth defects and development issues in children.
- Dibutyl Phthalate. Also known as DBP, it is commonly used as a solvent for dyes or as a plasticizer that prevents nail polishes from becoming brittle. This toxic chemical has also been linked to birth defects, delays in child development, and cancer. If DBP is absorbed through the skin, it can enhance the capacity of other chemicals to cause a genetic mutation, which leads to developmental defects, problems in reproducing, and malformations of an embryo.
- Formaldehyde is used as a nail hardening agent and disinfectant for nail care tools. The chemical is also used to preserve corpses of animals and sometimes humans. Using low levels of formaldehyde has been found to cause irritation to the eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Formaldehyde is known for being a trigger to individuals who suffer from asthma and is an agent known for being directly related to causing cancers such as Leukemia.
- Formaldehyde Resin. Unlike Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin has not been linked to cancer but has been known for causing skin allergies such as dermatitis. Formaldehyde Resin is a soft material that makes nails tough, shiny and durable. Usually, Formaldehyde Resin is used in the production of paint and adhesives. Some side effects to look out for are skin outbreaks and respiratory problems.
- Camphor is the chemical that leaves that annoying yellow stain on your nails after removing certain polishes. This chemical acts as a barrier on your nails which deprives your nails of natural nutrients. It has been known for causing nausea, dizziness, headaches, seizures, and liver damage when inhaled or consumed.
- Ethyl Tosylamide is a plasticizer and film former that helps polish dry quickly. It is also known for preventing polish from chipping and wearing off. However, it has been banned in the continent of Europe due to concerns over antibiotic resistance.
- Xylene, found in lacquers and nail polish, is also listed as Xytol or Dimethylbenzene and it’s used as a solvent. This powerful chemical is known for being colorless and has been used in products such as paint, nail polish, rubber cement, and gasoline! This chemical damages the central nervous system and cause headaches, skin, eye, nose, and throat irritation, memory problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and can potentially affect the kidney and liver.
- Parabens are preservatives widely used in cosmetics. They prevent the growth of bacteria in creams, lotions and other milks. When applied to the skin, they are absorbed by the body and enter the bloodstream. Parabens are suspected of interfering with hormone function.
- Animal by-products. In this day and age, there are safe alternatives to all of the animal by-product ingredients that were used in the past.
- Fragrance. Nail polishes sometimes use fragrance to hide odors or to simply give a pleasant smell to the nail polish. However, most fragrances have been linked to serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and other sensitivities.
All daniPro nail polishes are Toxin-free, vegan, cruelty free, and proudly made in the USA.