The Effects Nail Polish Can Have On The Body 10 Hours After Applying It (Study)

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Nothing completes a look quite like glossy, painted fingernails. We all know that strong, chemical-laden nail polish smell. But have you ever stopped to consider what’s actually in the polish you’re applying to your nails? You might want to take a peek, because the ingredients in nail polish can actually have some pretty negative effects on your body.

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A study conducted by Duke University and the Environmental Working Group found that painting your nails allows a dangerous chemical called diphenyl phosphate (DPHP) to seep into your body. The study collected urine samples from participants about 10 to 14 hours after getting their nails painted. The participants’ DPHP levels were found to be seven times higher than they were before the experiment. Yikes!

Although there are nail polishes labeled “non-toxic,” many of these polishes contain toluene, a toxin which has been linked to birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women who are exposed to the toxin for extended periods of time. However, before you start panicking, it’s important to note that the effects of short-term exposure to the chemicals found in nail polish are still generally unclear.

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There are a few nail polishes deemed safe, including Essie Starter Wife 596, Zoya, OPI Birthday Babe, and Color Madnic Luscious. If you want to protect your nails, trying these nail polishes is a good place to start. Or better yet, you could let your nails breathe and simply wear them in their natural state! Whatever your decision, do your research before exposing your body (and your health) to any form of chemicals.