Yesterday, whilst painting my nails a with my new jade NYC nailvarnish, started to endure a coughing fit. I took a deep breath and... I coughed again. The nailvarnish fumes were making me cough, and this had never happened before. I immediately ran over to my IPad and Googled my nailvarnish ingredients. And what I found scared the living daylights out of me.
Formaldehyde. Used as a preservative, a sterilizer, and
to embalm dead bodies. It's is where more of the
smell was coming from. Also connected to lung and nasal cancer.
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP). It makes the nailvarnish flexible.
Also used for rubber boots, shower curtains,
hairspray, cling film, that sort of thing. Incredibly
harmful to pregnant mothers and young babies, so countries
such as Asia and Russia have made it illegal to be
in any of their cosmetic ranges.
Toluene. Used in gasoline and as a raw
explosive for TNT. But luckily, brands
such as MAC, OPI and Zoya
have banned it from their nailvarnish ranges.
Acetone. Used in nailpolish removers, it is
recommended not to use more than twice a month. Otherwise
it could start to attack the nail material.
The main gases found in nailvarnish attack the respiratory
system, irritates the skin, and evidence has proved
it can cause many different types of cancer. It is toxic to
the human body, being absorbed through the nailbed.
Whilst researching these facts, I came across a website
which has a list of safe nailvarnishes. It turns out, my
favourite NYC Nailvarnish ISN'T on that list. Check it out: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Still feel like applying that layer of Nailvarnish?
Always read the label!