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Cruelty-free At Your Fingertips

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

Despite my never-ending obsession with moisturiser, my compulsion to collect every nude lipstick I get my hands on, and my constantly-expanding encyclopedic knowledge on all things hair-related, there’s one beauty topic that I have absolutely no interest in, and that’s everything to do with the nails.

I keep my nails trimmed as short as possible, and the occasional layer of hand cream is all the notice I give my digits. Nail polish gives me no pleasure, and the idea of sitting for an hour, immobilised and unable to use my hands while my fingers are being painted, sounds like a colossal waste of time. Being an avid home cook with a touch of housework OCD, no manicure has lasted longer than a day before a smudge or chip inevitably appears.

Then there’s the whole toxic fume-emitting, chemical-laden part of it that I abhor. Commercial nail polishes typically contain what scientists call the “toxic trio”: dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and formaldehyde. Constant exposure to these toxins can lead to, amongst other things, birth defects in pregnant women and cancer. An additional chemical, triphenyl phosphate (TPP), is a hormone disruptor and a study led by Duke University and the Environmental Working Group has concluded that the human body can actually absorb it through nail polish.

But that’s old-school polish, the nail-obsessed cry. What about gel manicures? Read more at.....

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