October 20, 2015
Is Your Nail Polish Doing Damage To Your Body?
Having freshly-painted nails is a must for some women. It's that little bit of togetherness that gives us that boost of confidence we want. But, you might want to think twice if you make a habit out of it. Painting your nails regularly might be damaging your health, according to a study from Duke University and Environmental Working Group. The study discovered endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the urine of 26 women who claimed that they paint their nails on a regular basis. The study was able to pinpoint specific brands that carry the presence of undisclosed triphenyl phosphate (TPHP). This chemical is known to damage the reproductive and developmental abilities in animals, and may even cause obesity in humans. Big-name brands like OPI, Essie and Sally Hansen are among the polishes containing it. In a world where it's becoming increasingly rare to find safe products, this news is alarming, but not surprising, since harmful substances have been found in nail polish like formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate, which sparked an industry-wide movement towards “3-free” and “5-free” polishes. And though it seem like it's just a nail, the Duke researchers findings prove that its pretty potent stuff, since it was reported that 24 of the study's participants had TPHP in their bodies just six hours after the first coat was applied. And 10 to 12 hours after the manicure, those numbers were seven times as high for all 26 of the women involved. "It is possible that TPHP is now being used in nail polish as a replacement for phthalates… However, it’s not clear that TPHP is the better alternative," study lead, Dr. Heather Stapleton explains. The Environmental Working Group has taken action against brands like Wet n Wild by launching a petition in hopes that they will remove the hazardous chemical. Do these results have you considering cutting back on painting your nails? Source: Elite Daily Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_114150" align="alignnone" width="100"] @BodyRockTV[/caption]