Are you a nail or cuticle biter? Maybe your brush sways away from your nails when painting them and accidentally spills over the edge onto your skin.
If you can relate, keep reading!
Camphor is a toxic ingredient used in regular polish known to cause liver damage and seizures when orally consumed or in contact with skin. Heads-up because this substance that is used to bring shine and gloss comes with more than just that.
Formaldehyde is a highly toxic, colorless gas that causes respiratory infections and is identified as a human carcinogen, which means it’s a substance known to produce cancer. After knowing the significant harms of Formaldehydes cosmetic laboratories invented a substitute, Formaldehyde Resin.
Formaldehyde Resin derives from Formaldehydes and is known to be less toxic. Unfortunately, this chemical has also been associated with causing cancer. Nail polish companies use Formaldehydes and/or Formaldehyde Resin chemicals to harden and extend nail wear, but is it really worth it?
Ever think nail polish can affect your developing fetus, kidneys, and cause anemia? We all know nail technicians wear a mask over their face due to strong odors. Well, those odors are from an organic chemical compound, Toluene, that is known to keep polish smooth. In today’s generation the word organic is associated with items that are “healthy” and “good for you”. However, in the science world an organic compound simply means it contains a carbon atom. Do not get fooled by the label!
Canada has restricted the use of Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) in children products, The European Union Classifies it as “very toxic” and has banned its usage in personal care merchandises, and Australia has identified DBP as a harmful chemical to the human reproductive system and one of the causes of early menopause. Welp, in America we like to use it in beauty products such as nail polish and perfume. Oh yeah, let’s not forget to mention that this is the main ingredient of insect repellent! This oily liquid is used as a dye that prevents the polish from expiring soon and hold its strength to reduce chipping. I mean what’s more important; old and expired polish or old, damaged nails due to polish? (Hope you sense our sarcasm through the screen.)
The lack of Camphor, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate is what 5-free means. At Júwon Enamel we refuse to use these chemicals and try to inform all about the harms they cause. You might wonder: How can Júwon Enamel create a product just as good, if not better, than regular nail polish without using the ingredients stated above? Or maybe you’re thinking: Why do nail polish companies use these ingredients if they do not have to?
Money is the answer! It cost more money for laboratories to research and preform trial-and-errors on substitute ingredients to provide better quality with less harm. This is why the cost of 5-free polish is more expensive than regular polishes. Know that cliché saying, “You get what you pay for”?
There are beauty products and prices that vary to meet the needs of all, but next time you consider purchasing $1 polish remind yourself of changing your polish to save your livers (and much more).