Taking an hour out of your day for a manicure or pedicure is for some, the ultimate pampering. You dip your overworked feet into a warm bath of bubbling water and immediately enter relaxation mode. Not to mention the impending massage on hands and feet that inevitably comes with every mani-pedi service. It’s relaxing and rejuvenating to have someone else take care of you, plus you add a punch of color to your skin, too. What’s not to love?
We’re so glad you asked. Recent studies have found that indulging in a mani-pedi can be just as harmful as it is soothing. In fact, a study led by Duke University and the public health advocacy organization Environmental Working Group suggests that we absorb at least one potentially hormone-disrupting chemical every time we get a polish. That means that these harsh chemicals could be entering our bodies, and while experts say that it’s not an imminent threat, it is cause for awareness in not only the things that you are putting into your body, but the things you’re putting on it as well.
What exactly do you need to know when it comes to chemicals in nail polishes? First, understand what harmful chemicals to stay away from. Polishes like the ones by RMS Beauty are free of Petrochemicals, Parabens, DPB, Toluene, Camphor, Xylene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Animal Products. Making RMS polishes even better is the fact that they’re easily removable with any nail polish remover. That means no need to use harsh acetone products on your delicate nails. Thankfully, RMS Beauty isn’t the only company committed to removing harmful chemicals from their polishes. 100% Pure polishes are also 5 Free, a phrase encompassing the five major chemicals commonly found in these products. In 100% Pure polishes, you won’t find Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor.
So how do you avoid harmful chemicals while still indulging in your favorite pampering? Consider bringing your own 5 free polish to the salon. This will ensure you’re using a polish that won’t cause any concern. If you’re still set on using your favorite OPI color, consider swapping in a 5 free formula in between your OPI manis. You’ll cut back on harmful chemicals while protecting your nails from absorbing things your body doesn’t need. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself embracing chemical free polishes more and more. Ultimately, it’s all about being aware of what’s going in and onto your body. Understanding how to make swaps from time to time will make for a healthier lifestyle overall, and you can continue your carefree pampering. Treat yourself, y’all.