Why you should choose a natural nail polish

Sunday 18 October 2015

Nail polish is often overlooked when doing a green makeover. You might not have realised, but your nails are part of your skin and porous. Allowing toxins found in nail polish to enter your bloodstream. Some nail polish brands has 30 chemicals all combined.

How do I find an organic nail polish?
First of all organic nail polish doesn't exist. Reason being:
  • organic standards do not exist for nail polish so while it's possible to contain organic ingredients, it can't be certified. 
  • all nail polish has synthetic ingredients and need to be able to stay on your nails. 
But you can choose a safer, more natural nail polish. 

What do I look for when finding a safe nail polish? 
The key to find the safest nail polish are to look for brands that do not contain the big three (also know as 3free nail polish).
  •  Toluene
  • Formaldehyde 
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) 
These are ingredients found in many of the most popular brands of nail polish. They are a danger to your health. 

Toluene is a possible reproductive and developmental toxin. It can cause headaches, dizziness and fatigue. It's commonly found in gasoline and is a toxic ingredient found in solvents, paints and thinners. 

Formaldehyde is the same chemical used to preserve dead things, a known human carcinogen. Can also cause eye, throat, nose and skin irritation. 

Dibutyl Phthalates (DBP) is a known reproductive and developmental toxin. Also used in pvc piping. It acts as a binder to improve lasting power, but has been linked to cancer. 

What is 5free nail polish?
Some brands go even further and remove 
  • Formaldehyde resin 
  • Camphor
Together they make up the big5free.

Formaldehyde resin is commonly used in paints and varnishes. Can cause skin outbreaks and respiratory problems. 

Camphor is used to preserve dead things. It's also used for moth/insect repellent and in fireworks. Small doses of camphor can
  • slow breathing, 
  • flush skin and increase
  • decrease perspiration
In large doses or repeated exposure it can cause
  • irritability, 
  • disorientation, 
  • muscle spasms, 
  • vomiting, 
  • abdominal cramps, 
  • convulsions 
  • and seizures
What about the environment? 
The harmful compounds found in nail polish put more than just your health at risk. They also have a negative effect on the environment. When thrown in the trash, their toxic chemicals are released into the soil and ground water. Many waste departments list nail polish as a hazardous product. 

Review| Zoya nail polish 

I've decided to try Zoya nail polish that I've heard many good things about. And to be honest their colours looks good enough to eat. 

Zoya nail polish have developed the Big5free
  • Toluene
  • Formaldehyde 
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP
  • Formaldehyde resin 
  • Camphor
It's vegan friendly and not tested on animals. 

It the UK 2015 Zoya won
  • Best nail polish
  • Best nail product
  • Longest wearing nail polish (by both Sunday mirror and natural health magazine). 
Zoya comes in about 300 different shades so good luck choosing.

I have five different shades of Zoya so far. They're all gorgeous. At the moment my favourites are Autumn and Payton, which are perfect autumn colours. Both colours contain glitter so gives it a nice sparkle. 

I find the nail polish easy and smooth to apply. I normally apply two layers and it lasts well. I actually think it stays better than most nail polish I've tried. 

I'm pleased with Zoya nail polish and the fact that they're 5free and vegan makes all the difference for me and worth the extra pounds. Will definitely buy more nail polish from Zoya. 

Have you tried Zoya nail polish? What do you think? Do they compare to regular nail polish? 

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