Non-Toxic Nails

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Dressing up the nails has become an inexhaustible art form, giving you options ranging from the classic to the opulent. As we move towards eco-friendliness, we take a look at non-toxic nail polish, one nail at a time. By Lina Lewis.

From Babylonia to China, the practice of nail painting dates back 5,000 years.

In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra’s nails were tinged deep red, the colour reserved for the highest social class.

Today, nail polish comes in every imaginable hue and is getting increasingly eco-friendly.

Many manufacturers now leave the toxic trio — formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and toluene — out of their nail polish.

Formaldehyde has been linked to lung and nasal cancer, while DBP has been linked to reproductive issues and toluene has been known to affect the nervous system.

Although you might not immediately suffer any of the above just by applying the polish on your nails, it is not worth the risk.

Your nails are made up of protein keratin, and they need flexibility and moisture to encourage growth. Harmful chemicals can cause your nails to become weak and brittle.

Here are some non-toxic polishes that can keep your nails looking fabulous without harming them — or yourself.

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