Five good reasons to ditch your dirty polish
Greening up your beauty regimen one step at a time? While chemical sunscreens and paraben anything were likely the first products to walk the plank, nail polish was likely toward the bottom of your hit list. However, going 3-free and 5-free is easier than you think. It’s not just hippie brands that are going eco-friendly, so are mainstream and luxury lines like Chanel, OPI, and Deborah Lippmann.
Among our favorites: Habit, which feature long-lasting formulas and colors that hit the mark. But best of all is what’s missing in these polishes.
- Formaldehyde: You’ll remember this nasty chemical from high school anatomy class. The more you know: it’s also used in home building materials.
- Dibutyl phthalate: Used to keep plastic malleable, this chemical is connected to birth defects. It’s so serious that the European Union and California have already completely banned the ingredient from being used in cosmetics.
- Toluene: Paint thinner. No further explanation needed.
- Formaldehyde resin (5-free only): This is the chemical that makes your polish super-glossy. And while that’s great and all, both forms of formaldehyde are known carcinogens.
- Camphor (5-free only): Do polish fumes make you dizzy? That’s the camphor. While safe in small doses, beware: it can cause headaches, nausea, or vomiting with over-exposure.
The Details: Shop 3-free and 5-free polishes at Tenoversix, 1511 Commerce Street.