The dangers of toxins and nail polish is a topic that’s come up in beauty news more and more recently. It’s a debate that changes all the time – sometimes we’re told there’s nothing to be worried about, other times we’re told that we should all be very afraid.
I don’t know everything that there is to know on this subject, and the truth is, it’s always changing as newer and better polish formulas are developed. But what I do know is that nail polishes and the nail polish industry have always dealt with toxins since the beginning, so it’s nothing really new. I think that because more and more people are starting to do their nails at home, they’re starting to realize that a lot of these nail polishes are toxic when they just weren’t aware before. This wasn’t as talked about in the 90s because people would go in, get their nails done, and leave; they weren’t messing around with big collections of nail polishes at home like they are today.
The truth is, if you’re doing anything with varnishes, it’s going to require certain chemicals. No matter what formula you use, you should always try to protect yourself as best you can. So if you’re going to do your nails at home, I recommend that you wear a mask to protect your nose, face, and lungs from breathing in all of the toxins. Salon manicurists always wear these masks, so why not be cautious and wear them, too?
So that’s what I recommend; just wear a mask and do everything in moderation. Don’t paint your nails 24/7; just do them once every other day if you’re someone that has to do them frequently. And until we know more, just wearing a mask can help shield yourself from some of the toxins.
Does this topic ever worry you? Tell me what you think in the comments.
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