Today I won't be showing you a manicure but we will have to discuss a more serious matter. We all know that nail polishes are none of the harmless cosmetics, which is also the reason why you won't find nail polishes in shops such as Lush or in natural cosmetics stores.
A few days ago I read a really interesting article in a German magazine which made a nail polish inspection in an approved laboratory. I already knew that not all nail polishes would only contain harmless substances but reading it in black and white really opened my eyes. Mainly there are 3 nail polish ingredients they warned you about:
This is a thinner which is only allowed in nail polish and not in other cosmetics.
It prevents ultraviolet light from damaging scents and colours but its harmlessness hasn't been entirely proved by the EU yet.
Dangers to health caused by these haven't been excluded by the EU yet.
What can these ingredients cause?
According to the article bad substances in nail polishes can be the reason for eczema and allergies. For example the toluol can cause allergies and is really dangerous for pregnant women. It can cause tiredness and disorientation. Some softeners in nail polishes are even cancer-causing.
How can we protect ourselves?
In fact our body absorbs the bad substances over the nail bed and cuticles but most of the damage comes from inhaling them. Therefore you should not paint your nails up to the cuticles but leave a little space. Also it is important to only paint your nails in large rooms with the windows opened.
Of course the laboratory couldn't test all of the existing nail polishes but here is a list of those nail polishes where they could detect one of the three bad substances explained above.
Alessandro Freaky Neon Polish Pritty Pink
Ciaté Beach Hut
Debby Color Play 231
Divided H&M Purple Reddish
Essie Full Steam Ahead, Naughty Nautical, Sunday Funday
Estée Lauder Le Smoking
L'Oréal Paris 401
Lancôme Miss Coquelicot
Maybelline Colour Show 749
Maybelline Super Stay Forever Strong 01
Yves Saint Laurent 39
While most of these "only" contain the Benzophenone-1 of which the damages aren't proved yet, the test revealed that there is one nail polish you should definitely stay away from! It is indeed toxic and is against the law. The product claims to be free of toluol but the laboratory could find traces of it. Furthermore the brand claims not to use cancer-causing colours but therefore the laboratory found forbidden thinner. Now you probably want to know which nail polish we're talking about, right? Well it's indeed one of the more expensive nail polishes namely the Butter London (HRH). While this nail polish is really bad we can't say that all of the Butter London nail polishes are equally dangerous but for me it's definitely a reason not to buy nail polish from this brand.
However we should cross over to more enjoyable news. In fact the test exposed that cheaper nail polishes often had a better quality and that the country of origin mostly isn't a parameter of the quality. For those of you who take this as seriously as I do, I arranged a list of those nail polishes that have been tested but where no overly bad ingredients were detected:
Artdeco Magnetic Nail Laquer 48
Astor Fashion Studio Galoon Lake
Black Bird 17
Catrice Genius in the Bottle
Catrice Purple Reign
Essence Colour & Go
H&M Nail Polish Red Nail
Isadora Wonder Nail Quick Dry 764
Make Up Factory 498
Manhattan Quick Dry 18S
Max Factor Max Effect 35
Misslyn Velvet Diamond 59
p2 Colour Victim 910
p2 Sand Style 040
p2 Urban Club Vibes electric grey
p2 Urban Club Vibes 020
Rival de Loop Performance 02 Glööckler
Rival de Loop Express Colour 18
Rival de Loop High Gloss
Sans Soucis 13
Wet n Wild fastdry Sage in the City
(source: Bild der Frau)
Now I know that this was quite a technical post and that not all of you may be worried about health damages caused by nail polishes but I found it important to share it with those who really look after ingredients and try to live as healthy as possible.
Do you have more information about this issue? Have you made any personal experiences for example with allergies caused by nail polish?