3 Tips for Healthy and Vibrant Summer Nails

3 Tips for Healthy and Vibrant Summer Nails

Summer is the season a lot of women are waiting for. It is time for relaxation and showing off those beautiful outfits and bright nail colors that they have been saving for a sunny day. No one should let these women’s summers down, not even their nails. So we have prepared here the things women need to know to keep their healthy and vibrant summer nails.

Breaking The Myth of Yellow Nails

We all know that yellow is the color of summer, but women do not want their nails to be naturally yellow before they even put on a coat of their favorite polishes. So they stress over fixing it without knowing that having yellow nails is actuallyjust okay.

First off, if you have yellow nails, you don’t have to do anything to fix it. It is not a sign of an unhealthy body, or any scary sickness. It is actually a result of frequently changing your nail polishes, especially if you mostly use dark colors. This is called a stain. If you don’t use nail polishes frequently and you have yellow nails anyway, it is a sign that your nails are strong. So it’s perfectly fine

In actuality, nail experts don’t even recommend using nail bleaches and other similar products to remedy yellow nails because firstly, any process that involves you soaking your nails in water is more damaging. It will pull the nail layers apart, resulting in breaking and cracking nails.  As for bleach, it would dry up your nails and fingers. Buffing is also not great because it would peel off a couple layers of nail, leaving you with weak ones that can get snagged on a shirt and break off. Add to that the fact that you won’t be able to do anything with your hands without fear of breaking a nail off.

The only safe remedy to yellow nails is using a base coat. However, keep in mind that this would only do little to remedy yellow nails. It won’t make the color completely go away. And anyway, if you’re painting your nails, it wouldn’t even matter if they are yellow. You can even be rest assured that you have strong nails that wouldn’t easily break off.

Being Specific with Ingredients

Most companies, such as Top Pack Solution, make standard-sized nail polish bottles in different MLs. However, these standard sizes are too small that some important details could not be written on them. The name of the brand takes up most of the space, and then some other details as well, like the name of the color. Very few nail polish makers list their ingredients in their bottles, so you have to do your research and look them up on the internet because they are important.

After this section, you won’t look at nail polishes the same anymore.

A lot of people do not know this—because how can something so pretty and glittery be harmful, right?—but in reality, some nail polishes really do have harmful chemicals in them. Here are the most common ones that you need to avoid:

  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is a substance that promotes plasticity, which is put in nail polishes for durability. Although of course you would want your nail polish color to last for a long time and not easily get peeled off, this chemical is not the right ingredient for it. DBP is suspected for disrupting the endocrine hormones of our bodies, making it malfunction, as well as a suggested link to fertility issues. Lab animals also projected birth defects, which is similar to humans. As a matter of fact, DBP is banned in cosmetic products in California because of these.
  • Another plasticizer in nail polishes to improve their flexibility is triphenyl phosphate (TPHP). It is also used as furniture flame retardant and another endocrine disruptor. It causes reproductive and developmental irregularities in animals too. What’s scary about this is that it enters the body through nail polish! And a person’s level of diphenyl phosphate (which is the body’s product of metabolizing TPHP) is seven times higher after 10 to 14 hours since applying the polish.
  • Formaldehyde—yes, that formaldehyde that is used in preserving bodies—is in some nail polishes too, as well as its another type, formaldehyde resin. As a matter of fact, International Agency for Research on Cancer lists this chemical as a source of cancer for humans. Canada prohibits the use of it in personal care products.

Be careful with this one especially, because some manufacturers hide it in different names such as: DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, or quarternium-15.

  • Synthetic camphor that is used in nail polishes is very toxic. Exposures to its fumes, especially in long periods of times, can result to sickness, migraine, and disorientation.
  • Toluene is commonly found in varnishes, glues and gasoline, so it is not a surprise that they use this in nail polishes too. Exposure to this can also cause nausea, dizziness, irritation of the skin, eyes, and lungs. Worse, it causes birth and developmental defects to pregnant women.
  • Like toluene, xylene is another chemical that is used in petroleum compounds, gasoline, nail polishes, and even paint thinners. Low exposures to it for a short time can cause migraines and vertigo. Meanwhile,a high exposure can be a cause for problems in lungs, kidneys, stomach, and intestines.

Making sure that your next nail polish is rid of these ingredients is vital in growing your nails to be healthy, vibrant, and strong. Also, to keep yourself safe, especially if you’re a nail biter, which means you are ingesting all these chemicals that are in your nails too. As a general rule, just learn how to stop nail biting, and avoid the chemicals listed above.


So What Can You Use?

There are a lot of extraordinary companies out there that makes it a point to keep their products safe starting from their empty nail polish bottles, to every single one of their ingredients, even to the way that they manufacture it. There are nail polishes that are called 3-free nail polishes, which don’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, and/or dibutyl phthalate. Another is 5-free which does not have the three ingredients that 3-free don’t have, but excludes formaldehyde resin and/or camphor as well. There are 7-free nail polishes as well, which excludes what 5-free excludes, as well as ethyl tosylamide, and/or xylene. All these types goes on and on to 8-free, 9-free, and even 10-free! They all are non-toxic and does not include any of the harmful chemicals listed above.

To top it all off, some companies even make vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and fair-trade nail polishes. Some of the brands that make these healthy polishes even offer 140 colors! So a woman would never really run out of options.

Remember, it is all just a matter of not only choosing that perfect color, but also to responsibly choosing a healthy nail polish as well.

Disclaim: The effectiveness from using these foods on certain problems and diseases will be depended on the body condition of the applicant.

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