Nail polishes: why they can harm your health and what you should look for so they do not

Cosmetics is an industry that, in general, has little health. Many products such as lipsticks, eyeliners and nail polishes contain chemicals that affect the skin and, through it, can harm long-term general health.

Thanks to a positive trend in consumption, more and more companies are beginning to change their standards when producing to take sustainability into account.

That's why eco-friendly cosmetics lines are gaining their own place. Well, if you think about it … who would like to expose itself again and again to artificial chemicals just to look pretty? Let's see especially the case of nail polish.

(You may also be interested: The beauty industry joins the fight against the use of plastics)

What is the "toxic trio"?

It is named after three abrasive components that contain the nail lacquers: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and toludene. These ingredients enter the body with enamel, since the nails are a living and porous tissue.

At the other extreme, the enamels they carry on their "3free" labels (up to 8free) indicate the number of chemicals they avoid in their composition.

These eco lacquers eliminate aggressive ingredients, chemical solvents and plasticizers, replacing them with other natural ones that do not modify the brightness, durability and finish that consumers are looking for. The difference is not seen, but it is their great differential: they do not pose a risk to health or the environment.

In addition, within the offer there are also products that do not contain parabens or are tested on animals. There are also vegan glazes, in which, for example, no pigment from insects or other animals is used.

The benefit of natural ingredients is that they can strengthen, hydrate and promote the growth of the nails. In addition, they allow the nail to breathe, which, as we said, is living tissue.

(You may also be interested: They applied nail glue to the lashes and this was the horrible result)


Not really, since its ingredients are chemical. The difference is found in the ones it contains. As we said, there are lines that have removed toxic or abrasive chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene and formaldehyde resin from their formulas.

Remember: it is important that when choosing your beauty and cosmetics products you do not choose only for the results promised by the labels, but for the ingredients they contain. Health is cultivated inward and becomes visible outward.

Share this information with your friends!

Important: It should be clarified that Bioguía does not give medical advice or prescribe the use of techniques as a form of treatment for physical or mental problems without the advice of a doctor, either directly or indirectly. In the case of applying for this purpose some information of this site, Bioguía does not assume the responsibility of those acts. The intention of the site is only to offer information of a general nature to help in the search of development and personal growth.



Mind body