Women and little girls alike love to paint their nails. They paint their nails red at Christmas time to spread the holiday cheer. Their toes get painted when it’s time to go to the beach. The color they choose helps bring them confidence, while showing a glimmer of their personality and taste. But what is in the nail polish you are wearing? It turns out the chemical composition isn’t nearly as pretty as the color it makes.
Researchers at Duke University and Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 49% of nail polishes on the market contain triphenyl phosphate (TPHP). TPHP, primarily used as a flame retardant or plasticizer, has been seen to enter the human body via nail polish. In the body, TPHP has been found to cause harmful changes to hormone and reproductive systems as well as interference with metabolism and fat production.
One study found that wearing gloves may help minimize the absorption of TPHP. However, EWG also released the chart below indicating which nail polish brands to avoid due to their TPHP levels. Also, make sure to check the label of your nail polishes as companies often modify their ingredients.