Several years back the nail industry made huge steps to voluntary overhaul the self-regulated ingredients in nail polishes in order to rid the products of harmful agents. That move gave rise to so-called “non-toxic” nail polishes, but a new report from the Department of Toxic Substances Control in California has found that several salons in the state still carry products with these dangerous chemicals.
The agents are known as the “toxic trio” and consist of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate — the very agents the industry was said to have rid itself of a long time ago. Although this report is centered in California, it’s not unlikely that these same toxins are in other nail polishes thought to be non-toxic in other states. This means consumers, and especially nail technicians, are being exposed to harsh substances which are known to cause things as minor as headaches and dizziness to cancer and even birth defects.
Since you may not get a chance to read through the full list of ingredients on a bottle of polish at the nail salon, it would be far less risky to bring your own safe polish with you or do your own manis/pedis at home until the industry sorts things out. Among the brands that fell short of actually being toxic free as they claimed were Orly, Sation, Chelsea, Poshe, and Dare To Wear Nail Lacquer.
Here are a few brands that have definitely eliminated the toxic trio from their polishes and are worth switching to if you aren’t using them already: OPI, MAC, Sally Hansen, Essie, Wet n’ Wild, NYC, Deborah Lippmann, Chanel, Color Madnic, and Zoya.