While the benefits of using mineral makeup on your face are widely discussed and generally understood, the benefits of ‘safe’ nail polishes are less well known.
We’re here to tell you why you should ditch the highly toxic polishes in favor of a safe formula…
What’s the difference?
Safe polishes are Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free
Toluene - This is the solvent that contributes to that distinctive lacquer smell. If inhaled, Toluene can cause headaches, forgetfulness, and confusion. If you’re exposed to it at low levels every day it can also cause fatigue and nausea and it should be avoided completely if you’re pregnant.
TIP: Watch out, some labels may use the terms ’toluol’ or ‘phenylmethane’ instead of ‘toulene.’
Formaldehyde - Formaldehyde is used as a preservative and appears in many of your run-of-the-mill nail varnishes. It has been tagged as a chemical that might cause cancer and has caused many an allergic reaction over the years.
TIP: Some labels may use the terms Diasolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl or Quaternium-15 to throw you off. They’re all basically Formaldehyde.
DBP – Short for Dibutyl phthalate, DBP is a plasticizer so it molds the polish and leaves a shiny polish. Unfortunately, DBP is absorbed through the nails, and then enters the bloodstream, the liver, and so on. It is toxic and definitely not something you want in your bloodstream.
We get it… now what?
As people have become more savvy about what they are actually using on their nails, companies like ELES have seen the demand for safe nail polish that even pregnant women can use without fear.
Our nail polishes are made with the best of Australian quality ingredients and a chip-resistant professional patented formula that holds its colour and shine for days but they don’t have any of the nasties. You won’t have to sacrifice bold, bright colour, shine or the long-lasting effect for a polish you know is safe.
We also have all the goods you need for a flawless french polish, a rapid dry top coat, a cuticle remover and products to nourish and repair your nails. Get them here.
Alicia said of our Base Enamel: “This base coat has been truly amazing! My nails had become yellow and weak from other ordinary nail polishes/products. But since using this base enamel I have watched my nails grow out to be healthy and pink and strong again! There is actually a clearly visible definition on my nails from before and after using this product! Will continue to buy and use under every ordinary polish I own as well as building my Eles nail polish colour collection. Love it!”
Having on-trend, well-manicured nails doesn’t mean you have to expose your body to harmful chemicals. Shop safe and rest easy knowing your polish isn’t toxic.