Each week, beauty enthusiast Suzanne Edmonds explores the best ways to take care of ourselves so that we love the skin we’re in.
In the third and final blog in my series on regulation of the beauty industry I would like to talk about one of my favourite subjects – nails.
Freshly manicured nails can make you feel like a million dollars but, if you are not careful, there could be a hidden cost – to your health.
In an industry that is largely unregulated, the potential for harm is two-fold. Inferior nail products can contain chemicals that are linked to cancer and hormone problems, while unhygienic practices can result in infections.
Take a minute to consider this: Nails are about 10 times more absorbent than your skin.
That means that whatever you paint on your nails can, to some degree, be absorbed into your body.
Researchers have identified toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate, which are common nail polish ingredients, as the ‘toxic trio’ because of their health impacts.
Toluene, an additive in petrol, and dibutyl phthalate can cause reproductive harm, while formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.
You should also avoid camphor and TPO (Trimethylbenzoyl Diphenylphosphine Oxide), which is a toxic curing agent that has been banned by European regulations.
Inferior nail products are likely to contain some, if not all, of these products so please take the time to read the labels and question your beauty therapist about what products are being used on your nails.
It takes the innocence out of that sparkly $2 bottle of Barbie-pink polish you buy from the discount store for your five-year-old doesn’t it?
Read the full blog here: http://www.sunlive.co.nz/blogs/8530-beauty-industry-regulations.html