Beware! Your Nail Polish Could be Toxic

April 18, 2012 / No Comments

Did you know your favorite nail polish contains toxic chemicals? Going by recent research, the nail polishes you commonly use contain at least three harmful chemicals.

nail polish Beware! Your Nail Polish Could be Toxic

Investigators at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control sampled as many as 25 brands of nail polishes commonly used in California salons and found that 10 of 12 samples that claim to be free of toluene actually contained the substance in a serious level.

They also discovered that five of the seven samples that claim to be free of the “toxic trio” actually contained those in dangerous levels. The three toxins – dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde – may cause serious health problems, including asthma, birth defects, cancer, and other chronic health conditions.

There are 121,000 licensed nail care technicians working in California salons, and many of them are immigrants. This may be a serious threat for all of them. The proper use of the three chemicals is legal, but improper  labeling may be a serious violation of law.

Some of the nail polishes that were mislabeled include Sation 99 basecoat, Sation 53 red-pink nail color, Dare to Wear nail lacquer, Chelsea 650 Baby’s Breath Nail Lacquer, New York Summer Nail Color.

Are you using any of these? It’s high time you decide to dump them.