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Follow our journey as we build Puristics, a new brand of anti-aging skin care without harsh chemicals. For us, the past 3 years have been filled with "aha" moments as we educate consumers about label literacy - knowing the ingredients in your beauty products, since harsh chemicals can end up on your skin. We welcome you to learn from our experiences both as businesswomen and busy moms, and please share your own stories, too!

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Toxic chemicals in your nail polish?

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!