Are you obsessed with nail polish, or are you working as a nail technician and concerned about pregnancy-safe nail polish?

Nail lacquer is what many women apply to their nails to give them a colorful, shiny finish. Still, some nail polishes are full of toxic chemicals that can affect the exposed person negatively, especially pregnant women.

Studies have shown that pregnant women who are exposed to a lot of toxic chemicals during their work, such as hairdressers and nail technicians, are at higher risk of developing birth defects caused by the chemicals they are exposed to. (1)

We, as pregnant women, are so concerned about what we eat and what we use. We try to minimise our exposure to potentially dangerous toxins as much as possible.

Replacing our cosmetics with cleaner ones and staying away from formaldehyde, PBA, toluene, xylene, acetone, phthalates, camphor, parabens, ethyl tosylamide, etc. that may affect our hormones and develop further side effects on us as well as on our developing baby will help us live a healthy life with no further complications.

Starting a healthy, safe life even before being pregnant, as we mentioned earlier, is so important for you as a mom to prepare your body for pregnancy and for your child as well. Starting by having a healthy life and avoiding exposure to what may cause harm to you and your baby, such as some chemicals found in your daily cosmetics and perfumes, will reduce many of the complications that may occur later on.

Advice for better cosmetic choices:

  • As much as possible, go for high-quality cosmetics that don’t include dangerous chemicals, and try as much as possible to choose safe plant-based ingredients.
  • Try to avoid applying artificial fragrances directly to your skin, as some topical cosmetics (creams, nail polish, perfumes, etc.) may affect your endocrine system and are known as endocrine disruptors. (1)
  • Try to find products that are as natural as possible, or make your own simple, non-perfumed topical moisturisers.
  • Avoid anything that may contain formaldehyde, parabens, xylene, etc.

Harmful ingredients found in nail polish:

Pregnant women’s continuous exposure to harmful chemicals found in their cosmetics, such as nail polish, hair products, etc., can affect their pregnancy negatively.

Even women who have been working as hairdressers and in nail salons for a long time can develop cancer, dermatitis, and respiratory problems due to their continuous exposure to dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin, camphor, etc.

The following chemicals affect the body in different ways, and some are known as endocrine disruptors, which interfere with the hormonal system and produce negative effects. (1)

  • Formaldehyde: Recurrent exposure to formaldehyde can lead to cancer, skin rashes, and shortness of breath.
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): is an endocrine disruptor with negative effects on the reproductive system. (1)
  • Camphor: can cause toxicity if applied to broken skin or inhaled in large amounts. (1)
  • Ethyl tosylamide: banned for use in many countries.
  • Xylene: can cause toxicity, affecting pregnant women in high doses. (1)

The good news is that many nail polish brands contain non-toxic alternatives compared to traditional ones. Some classify their ingredients according to whether they avoid three, five, or more toxic ingredients in their products as the following:

  • 3-free: This product doesn’t contain any of the well-known dangerous ingredients such as formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
  • 5-free: doesn’t contain any of the well-known dangerous ingredients such as formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP, as well as no formaldehyde resin or camphor. 
  • 7-free: doesn’t contain any of the well-known dangerous ingredients such as formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene.
  • 10-free: doesn’t contain any of the well-known dangerous ingredients such as formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, parabens, tert-butyl hydroperoxide, or animal ingredients.

Vegan versions are available as well. Vegan products contain no animal ingredients.

Cruelty-free products are available, which means that the brand’s products are not tested on animals anywhere in the world.

Below, we will help you choose safe nail polishes for painting your nails safely:

  1. Ella+Mila nail colors are known as seventeen chemical-free products. It contains no acetone, animal-derived ingredients, Bisphenol-A, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Gluten, Glycol Ether of Series E (Glycol ethers derived from ethylene oxide), Nonylphenol Ethoxylate, Parabens, Phthalates (including DBP), Styrene, Sulphate, Toluene, Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP/TPP), Xylene

2.Zoya nail polish is known as 10 Free” as it contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde Resin, Dibutl, Toluene, Camphor, TPHP, Parabens, Xylene, Ethyl, Tosylamide, and Lead.

3. Butter London Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer: Toxic-free nail lacquer and nail care treatments in decadent formulas.

Karma Organics is free from the big three: toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP, as well as a completely organic nail polish remover derived from soy.

5.BONTIME Non-Toxic Nail Polishes:This nail liqueur is formaldehyde-free, toluene-free, DBP-free, plasticizer-free, and Pb-free.

6. Sally Hansen nail polish: is a plant based, known as the 16-free: No formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, xylene, acetone, phthalates, camphor, parabens, ethyl tosylamide, or triphenyl phosphate

As with many cosmetics, some contain toxic ingredients and others are made with safe ingredients to avoid negative effects on the body. For this reason, due to people’s awareness of the dangerous ingredients found in nail polish, many safe brands can be found nowadays that try to avoid what may cause long-term complications for humans. 

What we apply to our skin and nails can be absorbed through the skin, or when we smell their components, it can affect the way our body works, and some may change the way our hormonal system works.

Some may affect the reproductive system, and some effects were found in babies born to women who are continuously exposed to those chemicals. Those babies may be born with congenital heart defects and neural tube defects. (1)

Always live healthy, and try to get natural components to use at home and on your skin. Having a healthy life is the key to a disease-free life. A healthy mother can influence her growing children, as well as the whole family, to lead a healthy life.

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