in light of some eye-opening discoveries presented by a recent duke university study, now is the time to switch to non-toxic nail polish. there are long-term consequences associated with extended exposure to nail polish. chemical fumes can interfere with reproductive hormones, cause kidney and liver damage, and at a more immediate level, instigate eye and throat irritation, dizziness, migraines, and dry, cracked skin.
the findings: researchers at duke university tested the urine of 26 women who had recently painted their nails and found evidence of TPHP in every participant. evidence of this chemical in the women’s urine increased sharply after they applied nail polish. the scientists also tested 10 different nail polishes for TPHP itself and found that eight of the ten contained it.
these studies showed that TPHP might disrupt hormones in humans, and in animal studies have also shown to upset reproductive and development processes. the chemical is thought to make polish more flexible and durable; the same chemical is used in plastics manufacturing and as a common fire retardant.
most americans are widely exposed to TPHP, but some research shows that women have higher levels in their bodies. this may be explained by it's prevalence in personal care products for women, including nail polish.
this news is of particular concern for parents when considering that many kids and teens may use these products. for many youngsters, nail polish is the first introduction to cosmetics. but before and during puberty, they are especially vulnerable to hormone disruptors.
before applying another coat of polish, make sure the brand you pick up is free of harmful chemicals, especially TPHP.
the days of fake acrylics are long behind us and our nails couldn't be happier. but years of coating & covering with chemicals have left our nails tired, cracked, thin, and sometimes yellow. by embracing our natural nail, we allow it to breath so it can begin repairing the years of anguish we've put them through.
there are a number of things that can cause our once beautiful, natural nails to turn a yellow hue. often times discoloration is due to the overuse of toxin laden polishes, gels and fake nails. thankfully we are more aware of these harmful effects and now have methods to turn back to the clock by strengthening, repairing, and nourishing our nails with toxin-free products!
get the most from your manicure with our strengthening base and top. it’s a great way to strengthen your nails and prevent splitting, peeling, and thinning. It also adds shine, keeping your color looking fresh longer!
if you’re on the go, grab our travel size option which fits perfectly in any sized clutch and is carry-on safe for quick spot treatments.
strengthening base + top $21, traveler size $8
a great way to keep your cuticles supple and skin and hair radiant is our organic argan oil! this multi-functional oil is your secret weapon for combatting not only dry skin (cracked heels) and wrinkles, but for keeping cuticles soft and hair shiny as well!
to use on nails, simply apply 1 drop to each nail and gently massage in the cuticle area, but don't stop there! add some argan oil into your lotion, shampoo or conditioner for a special hydrating boost, or simply apply directly to your skin or scalp.
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nail health does not stop at topical solutions - internal health is equally important to maintaining beautiful nails. a nutritious diet is a key factor to healthy nails!
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