I think beautifully manicured nails are very chic and elegant. The array of colors of nail polish and designs are just great and exciting. Depending on your lifestyle, the age of your children (we do not want long nails around newborns and little ones – not only we can accidentally scratch their delicate skin, long nails can also harbor nasty yeasts and bacteria), we might choose longer or shorter nails. I personally like them short, but I also play the guitar and longer nails would affect my music. I try to always keep my nail polish fresh, fix the chipped areas, if it’s not salvageable, I remove the nail polish – nothing less elegant that chipped color! As for colors I like the light pastels and reds, but I truly admire the beautiful designs women enjoy, some of them are just pure art!
Unfortunately, the joy is tinted. Nail polish in itself, regardless of how beautiful and appealing the colors are, may be toxic to our nails. There are often chemicals in it called the “toxic trio” – toluene, a toxin that may cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women who have had extended exposure; dibutyl phthalate, which has been linked to birth defects in studies involving lab animals, and formaldehyde, a carcinogen.
The manufacturers are trying, though. Some of them remove the toxic chemicals and label their products “Toxin-free”. Some continue to use the offenders and purely don’t care. Well, we must care – it can affect us and our children. As consumers, we can choose products that are cleaner and safer for us and demand changes by promoting the healthier brands.