Safer Swap: Nail Polish

It’s almost time for flip flops and open-toed shoes and that means pretty painted toes and nail polish. 

Most people think that nail polish is safe because it doesn’t seem like it would be absorbed by the body.  Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. And even breathing in some of these ingredients can be harmful. But don’t worry! There are safer options available.

Nail polish often includes these harmful ingredients…

  • Toulene – A chemical known to cause reproductive harm and dizziness. It ranks as a 10 out of 10 on EWG (Environment Working Group), which is the most harmful ranking. Yikes!
  • Formaldehyde – This known carcinogen is found in many nail polishes. It is also used to preserve dead things and when used in lab preparations, there are strict warnings to avoid inhalation or skincontact. This also ranks as a 10 out of 10 on EWG
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – This chemical is banned in Europe and is known to cause reproductive problems, especially in boys. TheEWG also ranks this one as a 10 out of 10 and warns that it can cause organ problems and endocrine disruption.
  • Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) – This ingredient has been used as a replacement for dibutyl phthalate (DBP). It ranks as a 5 out of 10 on the EWG scale…better than DBP but still a good amount of risk for harmful effects.

Safer Nail Polish Options:

  • Piggy Paint has an EWG ranking of 1 out of 10, which is very safe! It’s free of 6 harmful ingredients and is specifically geared toward kids.
  • ella + mila avoids 7 harmful ingredients. They claim to be chip resistant, fast drying, and vegan. I have personally used this brand. I found it at Target!
  • Color Street Nail Polish Strips are nail polish stickers that avoid 8 harmful ingredients. These nail polish strips keep for up to 10 days, can be used on fingers or toes, and can be removed with nail polish remover. Color Street is sold by consultants, called nail stylists.