A new term has arrived in the nail polish world and some people are quickly searching for the meaning of 5-Free.
5-Free refers to the newest way to label non-toxic nail polish products which do not have the five most common dangerous chemicals found in nail polishes: toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor.
The term is actually very useful when shopping nail polishers. Some brands have removed these potentially dangerous ingredients without sacrificing quality or performance, creating a product that is free of all 5 chemicals, known to cause cancer, skin irritations and disrupt the endocrine system. It’s important to remember that polish is applied to nails, which aren’t made of living tissue and, therefore, these ingredients are not likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, people may inhale potent fumes or make contact with the skin while applying the product. So, prevention is better than cure.
Here’s more information about the 5 chemicals that are NOT used in 5-Free Nail Polishers:
Toluene: a liquid that is used as a solvent and has the smell of paint thinner. Known to cause skin irritation, nausea, and light-headedness, toluene can also damage the nervous system, and may cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women.
Dibutyl Phthalate: known as DBP, it is a commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects and is considered a suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.
Formaldehyde: this chemical’s vapors are irritating and can trigger asthma. Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen.
Formaldehyde Resin: a derivative of formaldehyde, this allergen is mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives.
Camphor: this is actually a poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.
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