After the end of World War II, we went into an industrialized era where many new materials and products were developed and which we consumed without a care. Some of these included plastics or chemical based products that we thought as harmless back then. Even cigarettes were lauded and advertised openly.
Fortunately, we have learned more about the advantages of living a healthier lifestyle. Not only it brings several benefits for us, but it also a way to stop the destruction we have brought upon our Earth.
This has led to an analysis of chemicals and their effects on us and our loved ones. And a lot of times, the results we get aren’t really pretty. This has caused the recall and modification of several products, from toys to food, and the return to a more natural way of living.
One of the products that has seen a chemical modification is nail polish. Yes, as in the nail polish that you or your wife uses almost everyday on nails. Today’s trend tends to non toxic nail polish.
Non toxic nail polish is nail polish that has been manufactured without the chemical elements that are considered harmful to the human body. These include dibutyl phthalate, also known simply as DBP, formaldehyde and toluene, among others.
Most big manufacturers have agreed on producing non toxic nail polish, but the quantities and elements for each manufacturer’s non toxic nail polish may differ.
It took some time for manufacturers do to it, but in 2003, they all agreed to eliminate dibutyl phthalate from their formulas. This wasn’t easy. After all, there were some special qualities that dibutyl phthalate gave nail polish, and a replacement component that could do the same without being toxic had to be developed.
On the other hand, formaldehyde is not always eliminated, even in some brands labeled as non toxic nail polish. If you’re unsure, check the label of the non toxic nail polish’s bottle. The problem with formaldehyde is that it’s a carcinogen. It also causes headaches and other respiratory problems. That’s also why it’s a bad idea to bring your small children to the beauty salon.
Also, for a while, non toxic nail polish was not popular. A lot of people thought that it didn’t have the quality or color that regular nail polish had. It took some time to educate people on the damage they were doing to themselves.
Lastly, one issue that people was concerned about was price. Some feared that non toxic nail polish would be more expensive than regular nail polish. That is just not true. They are both the same price, so that shouldn’t be an issue.