Stop Dying To Be Beautiful: What Is In Your Nail Polish?

You know those beautifully colored nail polish women love to paint on their fingers and tootsies? Many of them are lady killers.

While we are taught from a young age that beauty is pain – and anyone who has ever gone through the experience of a Brazilian wax will concur – it shouldn’t come at the cost of your health. Sadly, this is exactly what the chemicals in a lot of nail polish brands are costing women, while they don’t understand why they are feeling ill and experiencing various different health issues – all the while painting their nails faithfully.

Ruby Red, Pretty in Plum, Strawberry Sorbet – Can Your Favorite Nail Polish Really Be Dangerous?

Dr Thu Quach, of Stanford and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, says yes. His researchers shows that chemicals in many polishes lead to many issues: cancer, infertility, hormonal disruption, thinking and memory problems, uncontrollable muscle contractions, headaches and then some.

Researchers at Duke University are also alarmed by how quickly the dangerous chemicals found in polishes are absorbed into the body. They found that women who use nail polish wound up having a dangerous chemical in their bodies called TPHP – just ten to fourteen hours after painting their nails.

Unfortunately, there are a range of bad-guy chemicals to look out for in a range of beauty products – in everything from hair dye to makeup to perfume to deodorant.

Before you buy any beauty products, watch out for these beastly ingredients:

  • Formaldehyde – carcinogen
  • Toluene – additive in gasoline
  • Phtalates – endocrine disruptor
  • Polythylene glycol (PEG) – skin carcinogen
  • Phenoxyethanol – nervous system depressant
  • Fragrance – linked to cancer, birth defects and central nervous system disorders
  • Avobenzone – causes of cell mutation
  • PABA and PABA esters – cause damage to DNA

Want to find out more?

Toxic ingredients are not just reserved for your nails – they can also be found in skincare, hair products and makeup. Click here to find out more about the ingredients in your beauty regime – and how you can ensure you use natural products. These can boost your overall wellbeing, both by minimizing the unnecessary intake of hazardous chemicals and allowing your body functions to strengthen naturally, without artificial aids.

About The Author

polish | Longevity LIVEWe received this excerpt from the new longevity book by Karen Salmansohn, called Life is Long. Karen is a happiness and wellness expert, who is the author of numerous best-selling self-improvement books like Think Happy and How to Be Happy, Dammit, with more than one million copies sold. She has studied to be a yoga and meditation teacher at Ishta Yoga and designed a line of inspirational jewelry showcased on HSN. She is also the founder of 2 popular sites which help people to become their highest potential: and Karen’s been featured on various media channels – including CNN and Fox News,  served as a columnist for, Huffington Post and others, and been featured in print media from New York Times to ELLE Magazine. She lives in New York, New York.