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Here is what happens to the body when you apply nail polish

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Nail polish gives that touch of character and elegance that immediately makes every woman feel more beautiful and self-confident; and, in fact, starting from childhood, it is impossible for most girls to resist the temptation to paint their nails.

What color to choose? And what style? Even if there is nothing to contradict the aesthetic value of nail polish, nevertheless, some attention must be given concerning its effects on health. 

Already in 2015, a study conducted by Duke University and the Environmental Working Group had underlined the toxic consequences of wearing nail polish. In fact, after only 10 hours, 100% of the sample of women surveyed showed traces of triphenyl phosphate in their body.

Let's see what this all about and what are the other risks related to the use of low-quality nail polish.

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About 20% of the nail polish on the market contains a hazardous chemical, even if it is not specified on the label, namely, triphenyl phosphate (or TPhP). It is a neurotoxin capable of altering the functioning of the nervous tissue and also causes neurological damage. Moreover, this chemical can irritate the skin of the hands, giving rise to an allergic reaction - and that is not all. 

In fact, TPhP is capable of altering the hormonal balance and interrupting some hormonal processes or modifying their functioning. Therefore, it can cause reproductive health disorders. Therefore, it is especially dangerous for young girls who regularly use nail polish, as it may interfere with their healthy development. 

But triphenyl phosphate (TPhP) is not the only harmful substance in enamels; there are others.

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Other chemical substances that are responsible for the toxicity of nail polish are: 

  • 1. Formaldehyde. A colorless gas that makes nail polish last longer. But is a carcinogen, which manifests various symptoms, such as an itching throat, asthma, and difficulty in breathing; and in severe cases, also heart problems and convulsions. 
  • 2. Toluene. This is a solvent that gives the nails a smooth texture. It can cause damage to the central nervous system and the reproductive system and produce symptoms such as headaches, weakness, fainting, and nausea. 
  • 3. Dibutyl Phthalate. Used as a fragrance, it is a product so toxic that it has been banned; however, some countries still continue to use it. It may cause endocrine disorders, reproductive and respiratory tract illnesses. 
  • 4. Camphor. In large quantities it is poisonous and, if ingested, causes convulsions, muscle hyperactivity, hallucinations, nausea, and dizziness. 

In order not to take risks, it is better to rely on high-quality nail polish brands or choose 5-Free or 3-Free nail polish, or vegan nail polishes, in this way you will not have to give up this habit or worry about your health.

Tags: Curious Health
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