A few moons ago I became more conscious about the organic and natural movement in food and have never looked back. While I still indulge in plenty of “bad” food, for the most part I’ve made a commitment to eat natural and chemical free. Over the past year, this has extended to other parts of my life including anything from cleaning supplies, make up, toothpaste even toys.
The reality is once I researched the harmful chemicals that exist in day to day products, it was difficult to turn my back on this new found knowledge. I also told myself I wouldn’t “preach” about my lifestyle. I am happy to share about it and educate if people are interested but it is not my place to tell anyone that my lifestyle is any better than theirs.
I could write blogs upon blogs on natural living but today I will focus on a simple fashion statement that is bold, beautiful and typically full of chemicals: nail polish.
Nail polish lies in our fingernails and virtually touch everything that we eat, utilize and much more. The idea especially crossed my mind when I realized that when I painted my daughters’ nails, they were being introduced to these chemicals. In particular, my youngest Mackenzie who as any other 5 year old puts her hands in her mouth.
What kind of chemicals am I referring to? The worst offenders are typically broke into several categories “Big 3” “Big 5” and “Big 7” and when looking for toxic free options you’d like to make sure they at the very least fall into the “Safe 3” category which indicates 3 of the top chemicals in nail polish have been removed from the formula.
Some toxins found in nail polish include:
Why a concern? Potential links to cancer including potential problems in the endocrine system, an increased risk of diabetes in women, nausea, potential birth defects.
Why a concern? A known carcinogen . Health concerns include allergic reactions, breathing issues (coughing, asthma-like symptoms, wheezing, etc.).
Why a concern? It is a known carcinogen. Health concerns include allergic reactions, breathing issues (coughing, asthma-like symptoms, wheezing, etc.), it’s an irritant, and can cause vomiting.
Why a concern? It can cause dizziness, dry skin, it’s an irritant, headaches, liver and kidney damage, nausea, numbness, and has been linked to birth defects.
filled. Natural is beautiful!