CALIFORNIA – Most of the girls never leave the house without a slick of nail polish as it gives a fine look to their hands and nails.And for that purpose they often visit nail salons to have their nails painted perfectly. But they don’t know that these chemicals in nail care products contain toxic chemicals which can seriously affect their health.
The Researchers of Stanford University of California, have identified toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate and nicknamed the ‘toxic trio’ that can be dangerous for our health. Many cheap nail paints have a high amount of toxic substances like these.
Toluene, a commonly used solvent, creates a smooth finish across the nail and keeps the colour from separating in the bottle. But it can affect the central nervous system and cause reproductive harm.
Its major use is as an additive in gasoline.
Another toxic ingredient, Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is used as a nail-hardening agent and disinfectant for nail care tools.
Exposure to dibutyl phthalate, added to polishes to provide flexibility, has been linked to reproductive problems.
Apart from this trio, there are many other harmful chemicals used in nail care products.
According to a dermatologist Manish Bindal, “The fumes of formaldehyde, acetone and toluene not only cause irritation in nose and lungs, but are also harmful for the reproductive system of females. Frequent removal and reapplying of nail paint makes nails weak and stiff.”
Some of the nail salons lack adequate ventilation and there aren’t very many ways that air inside the salon can escape outside which means chemicals evaporated from nail products are often trapped inside salons.
Exposure to nail care products with harmful chemicals can result in a number of health effects, ranging from skin irritations, eye injuries and allergic reactions, neurological symptoms, nausea, respiratory problems, cancer and uncontrollable muscle contractions to impaired reproductive and development processes.
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