This morning, we saw a segment on the Today Show about the toxic chemicals in most nail polishes. (Read more here: http://on.today.com/Hy5V8u.) Once again, our mantra of Label Literacy is being pushed into the national limelight. The segment reiterated that consumers need to be aware of what they are putting on their skin, hair, and nails.
Several commonplace nail polishes (even ones advertised as “chemical free”) were found to contain “high levels of agents known to cause birth defects, according to [California] state chemical regulators.” The dangerous brands of nail polishes were found in more than 48,000 California nail salons.
What did they contain? Toluene (a petrochemical used in paint thinner), dibutyl phthalate (DBP – a known reproductive and developmental toxin), and formaldehyde (a proven carcinogen) – and these 3 are even known as the "toxic trio." According to the Skin Deep Database, all three of these chemicals are rated as “10 - high hazard” (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/). Consumers need to be aware of the dangers of prolonged exposure to these chemicals!