I'll be the first to admit I love a fresh manicure. It's become stationary to my self-care routine, and with coveted spas like Miniluxe sprouted all over the city, who can resist? Although I typically opt for a neutral pallette, I'm always scoping out the latest trends in the nail world including the latest "tiger's eye" mani. As someone who is constantly using her hands whether it's typing, cleaning, working out, or merchandising the endless piles of jewelry in our collection, a basic manicure never seemed to cut it for me.
But lately, I've been doing some self-analyzing and came to the realization that the chemicals in the acetone and polish I've been using may not be so beneficial to my health. I've always strayed from chemicals in everything from skincare to household cleaners, so why did I make an exception when it came to my nails?
So last week, I decided to remove my gel polish, and switch to non-toxic polish. Through my research, I've discovered some information that you may find helpful in deciding whether to make the switch to embrace your mani the natural way. I've had my fun with acrylic nails and gel manis, but I must say there's something about natural nails that never seem to go out of style. I feel more at ease knowing I'm not applying harmful chemicals to my skin that can leech into my body and cause potential harm. Plus there are dozens of quality and affordable brands like Zoya and Ella + Mia that offer safer alternatives to chemical-based polishes.
Here's a list of the common ingredients in chemical-based polishes, and how they're harmful to your nails:
- Formaldehyde Resin
- TPHP (Triphenyl Phosphate)
Camphor is the ingredient that gives nail polish its glossy appearance. Although less toxic, the safety of its use on the skin has been a cause for concern. It has been shown to irritate skin and cause allergic reactions when applied topically, and inhaling the fumes has been linked to symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and headaches.
Thank you for reading! I hope this information will help you make safer and more infomed choices with the products you use every day. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
-Jackelyn, founder and creative director
Featured image credit: Chillhouse NYC