You have seen me throwing around the terms “3 Free” and “5 Free” in my nail polish posts. What does this all mean, anyway? What harm are these polishes free of?
Guess what? I’m going to break it down for y’all right now. You will know what to inquire about and look for when you are at the makeup counter , drugstore, or nail salon.
Nail Polish 101
“3 Free”. Nail polishes sans Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde.
“5 Free”. Nail polishes sans Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.
Here’s what these scandalous chemicals do:
Dibutyl phthalate is an endocrine disruptor, toxic to the reproductive system, messes with baby boy’s genitalia development, and is linked to obesity…to name a few.
Toluene is toxic to the nervous system, impairs breathing, causes nausea, causes developmental damage to the fetus, and is linked to malignant lymphoma. Eek.
Formaldehyde is a big time, major carcinogen. Enough said.
A derivative of formaldehyde. Not as toxic, but is an allergen.
Camphor can cause liver damage in rare cases when applied to skin. Linked to seizures when ingested. Nail biters be warned.
Now that you are aware of the “3 Free” and “5 Free” basics, you may be wondering why you should be concerned about this stuff laying on the surface of your tough nails. Well, nails are very porous, especially when wet. We also rub our eyes, which is something I never considered until I came across this story.
Ok, my doom talk is over!