Home / Fashion / This Is What Happens To Your Body Just 10 Hours after Applying Nail Polish

This Is What Happens To Your Body Just 10 Hours after Applying Nail Polish

By Andrew Alpin, 20 May 2017

So you thought your nail polish is harmless after all what’s a bit of nail color on ones nails. You’ll be surprised to know how nail polish can affect your health in more ways than one because of the chemicals being absorbed into your system. Using nail polish too often in itself is a bad thing as it can make your nails dry and turn yellow. Although no woman and of course some men too are not being urged to discard the use of nail polish altogether, It would be wise to pay heed to information that may make you more conscious about your health. It could even help you choose a better brand of nail polish from now on. Here are three deadly nail polish toxins you need to be careful about.


One of the damaging components of nail polish, Toluene is a solvent that gives nails a smoother look and fine finish. Toluene preserves the pigment or color in nail polish but certainly isn’t good for health.Toulene affects the reproductive system and central nervous system, causes headaches, nausea, fainting, weakness. However, these symptoms are more pronounced if you use substandard nail polish.

Is your nail polish a killer?

Image Source: www.dazzlecare.info


Among nail polish toxins, this is a colorless gas which increases the shelf life of nail polish. Those suffering from allergies may be at an increased risk of dermatitis and chemical burns (https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=219&tid=39). Long term or a high exposure to formaldehyde can cause arrhythmia, convulsions and even cancer.

3Dibutyl Phtalate

This increases the scent of the nail polish and its fragrance. It is a highly dangerous component that can put one at risk of endocrine disorders, respiratory tract infection and gynecological disease.

Research studies involving 24 women who had painted their nails observed that even after 6 hours, the participants displayed increased levels of diphenyl phosphate (a derivative of triphenyl phosphate) formed in the metabolic process. Within 10 hours the levels of diphenyl phosphate increased to 7 times beyond the acceptable limits and that’s extremely worrying.

Components of nail polish

Image Source: www.swatchandlearn.com

4How to choose a safe nail polish that won’t mess with your health

Nail polish brands have certain special markings such as:

5 - FREE: This means the product is formaldehyde free and is also free from formaldehyde derivatives such as formaldehyde resins, toluene, dibutylphthalates and camphor.

3-FREE: This means that the product is free from formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. Always pay special attention to your nail polish because it is your health in your hands. Today health concerns have led to several standard brands manufacturing nail color free from nail polish toxins. Always check levels before making a purchase.

Organic Glam natural nail polish

Image Source:www.yposts.com