Getting your nails done can bring you a wonderful feeling. Having beautiful colors on the top of your fingers can complete your look. But how many times have you asked yourself about the substances you put on your nails?
Nail polish products have transformed nails into real masterpieces. Yet, like any art creation, it needs quality materials in order to resist in time and bring excellent results. This is why we have two types of products: conventional and all natural nail polish.
The difference between these two type of products stands in the ingredients they contain. Conventional nail polishes can contain harsh chemicals and substances, while all natural ones focus on the natural alternatives. What’s more, these components can have certain effects on your health and the environment.
Let’s take a closer look at the difference between conventional and all natural nail polish.
Conventional nail polish ingredients
Conventional nail polish products contain ingredients with complicated names. Some common ones are:
- dibutyl phthalate (DBPs)
We will take each of these and explain the effects they have.
Formaldehyde is a chemical used as a nail hardener in these products. This makes it an active ingredient and it is this situation where this chemical is considered a great threat.
Formaldehyde can cause skin irritations and hair loss, but these side effects are relatively rare because of the small quantities found in such products and other cosmetics.
The biggest concern related to this chemical is that it can cause cancer. This can happen under long-time great exposure. Industrial workers and salon workers who constantly deal with products containing formaldehyde can be included in a high-risk category.
Toluene is the chemical responsible for giving the nail polish its fluidity and for speeding the drying process. The side effects it can have include weakness, tiredness, nausea, confusion, loss of appetite, hearing and vision problems. Also, it is advised for pregnant women to avoid toluene fumes.
This chemical is considered toxic in different countries. In California, toluene is on the Prop 65 list which contains chemicals with harmful effects on the development of the fetus.
Last on our list, dibutyl phthalate has been linked to hormonal disruptions, liver damage and fertility problems. Phthalates, in general, can cause endocrine disruptions.
All natural nail polish benefits
All natural nail polish products represent an alternative to the conventional ones. They also promise some great benefits for you and your health.
As you’ve seen earlier, conventional nail polish product contain different chemicals which can affect your health. All natural nail polishes are chemical-free and don’t contain toxic ingredients. In order to be 100% sure, always check the package of the product.
Safe ingredients mean they can hardly affect your health and they are a safe option to beautifully decorate your nails. You don’t need to worry about how it will affect your nails in the short or long run.
No unpleasant odors and fumes
Because all natural nail polish products don’t contain harsh chemicals, you may not be exposed to unpleasant odors and fumes. This means you can do your nails without filling the room with that nail polish smell.
In order to be sure you are buying an odorless product, test it before buying, especially if you are purchasing it online for the first time. Go to a physical store and try it. You can even ask for a professional opinion to be sure you are making a smart decision.