Chances are, your fingers and toes spend most of their time glossed in any shade of the rainbow. Whether at home or in a salon, a mani-pedi is an easy way to feel polished. But have you ever stopped to think about what that pretty paint may be leaching into your body through your porous nail beds? Not to mention the plethora of toxic substances used in the process (we mean, have you SMELLED polish remover?? That ain’t natural).
The toxic cocktail of ingredients like toluene, formaldehyde and camphor present in many polishes can cause cancer, damage the nervous system and be harmful to both reproductive organs and unborn babies, just to name a few. Luckily, beauty companies are wising up to these effects and even big brands like Chanel, Dior and L’Oreal now proudly claim “big 5 free” ingredient lists. To better explain those big 5 and why they should be avoided, we sat down with Rebecca Isa, the Creative Director behind Zoya - a pioneer in the world of 5-free polish.
Click through for tips on how to make your mani safer, AND last longer. Plus 20 safe and stylish polishes to try now!
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