There was a time I had to stop painting my nails because I would get an instant migraine the moment I got a whiff of nail polish, and especially nail polish remover. My toxic load at the time was high and it served me well to take a break. After all, most nail polishes on the market are full of toxic chemicals, such as dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, and camphor. However, what I didn't know at the time is that there are nail polishes available that are non-toxic - and are actually beautiful and long-lasting as well! While the absolute safest and healthiest option is to opt out of nail polish altogether, there are much safer alternatives on the market that you should be aware of if you want to indulge.
Before I share some solid brands to check out, let's briefly discuss why you want to steer clear of most nail polishes. In short, the ingredients are harmful and are especially damaging to someone with the MTHFR mutation who can't detox as efficiently as the average person. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is an endocrine disruptor and mimics estrogen in the body. Side effects include hormonal imbalance, decreased fertility, and even organ damage. Toluene is connected to neurological damage, breathing problems, impaired fetal development in pregnant women, and even certain types of cancer. Formaldehyde is known to cause asthma, miscarriages, and multiple types of cancer. I could go on, but you get the idea - these are ingredients you really don't want to wear on your fingers.
If nail bling is a must in your life, some much healthier brands to check out include:
-Zoya (this is the the brand I use and love)
-Smith & Cult
**It's also of utmost importance to use a non-toxic nail polish remover. I personally use Karma Naturals, made with lavender oil (no more migraines)!
Have you cut toxic nail polish out of your routine? Have you tried any non-toxic alternatives? If so, what's your favorite? Tell us about it!