Everybody knows there are dangerous-sounding chemicals in nail polish. You may believe that you’re fine because you don’t use nail polish very often, or you use it in such small quantities that it shouldn’t affect you, but in conjunction with the many other cosmetic and beauty products you do use on a daily basis, damage adds up.

Traditional nail polish is filled with chemicals that have been shown to be hazardous to your health because of  links to things from skin irritation to cancers.  These aren’t compromises you should have to make when healthy, beautiful nails are what you’re after.

Why should you choose nontoxic nail polish? Why not is really the question.

Being around nail polish chemical fumes for prolonged periods of time include interference with reproductive hormones (which can lead to infertility and/or miscarriages), kidney and liver damage, and on a more immediate level, eye and throat irritation, dizziness, migraines, and dry, cracked skin.

Does this mean we should stop using nail polish?

Absolutely not. It’s important to remember that the dose makes the poison, so the occasional use should pose no risk. Ensure that ventilation is adequate in the salon or room. Also, take care of your cuticles to minimize contact between polish and skin.

You can have beautiful nails and stay safe, it’s completely possible. Nail polish has been around for thousands of years, and it’s here to stay — we just have to make it a touch healthier.

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