Perceived as a trendy beauty accessory for the modern man or the woman of the XXIst century. The composition of nail polish has changed since its appearance, more than 3000 years ago.
Manpolish makes smile
Nail Polish, long used in drag-queen culture, the queer community and gothic groups, is beginning to be democratized. Celebrities like David Bowie painted their fingers to make the conservatives turn in their graves and reverse the standards of the 80s, 90s and 2000s. The nails become the symbol of a generation that is tired of gentrification.
Painted male nails are redefining the codes of masculinity and are no longer reserved exclusively for a particular gender or counterculture. As proof, the hashtag manpolish is becoming more popular on Instagram.
The most expensive products are not synonymous with quality
The big cosmetic brands do not escape the nets of toxic compounds that seep into the bodies of its users. Indeed, DBP is an endocrine disruptor that can cause hormonal dysfunction. These seemingly harmless products contain toluene and formaldehyde, which are neurotoxic and carcinogenic substances that damage the respiratory and central nervous systems.
The fourth most dangerous substance is synthetic camphor. It irritates the respiratory tract and causes the slowing down of the heartbeat and the breathing rate. That’s why it’s important to buy water-based nail polish with “oven free” on the label. This inscription certifies the absence of these four carcinogenic substances.
As chemical as paint
Nail art began in the 17th century in China. Its basic ingredients were mainly seeds, wax whites, gelatin and eggs mixed together to create a colored paste. Then, this technique will be quickly used by the upper social classes in Egypt who introduce less natural components.
The nail polish was officially born in 1920, following the manufacture of car paint. We always find resins for the shiny aspect, solvents, as well as plasticizers to make the product more flexible. The nails are permeable to these volatile substances that will also be inhaled through the nose. With repeated use, harmful reactions are clearly visible.
In conclusion, it is important to know all the side effects, short term or long term on our skin and our body. It will be good for the planet and for our well-being too.