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.
Some of the brands went even further in their quest to please the customers. Inglot Cosmetics was the first company to introduce a new technology that would allow the nail to “breathe” through the layer of polish. Water and oxygen could reach the nails, making the nail polish much better for women. Other brands, like Orly and Sally Hansen followed just recently, but Inglot was the pioneer of the breathable nail polish.
That was quite a good news for practicing Muslim women who were not allowed to wear a nail polish. The nail polish would block their nails from being washed by the water before a prayer – a practice known as wudu or ablution. If the nail polish is non-porous, it’s not Halal. But the new “breathable” nail polish allows oxygen and hydration to pass through, making it safe for practicing Muslim ladies to wear it and still be able to perform ablution. These new nail polishes also have conditioning ingredients like vitamin B5, argan oil and vitamin C.
Inglot Cosmetics’ nail polishes are sold at the Mall of Arabia, but many Muslims are skeptical and recommend caution – some colors might be less permeable than others, thus making them not Halal despite the label saying so. As with everything, research is crucial; you also must follow your heart, if you are a practicing Muslim, you don’t want to take any risks with your prayer.
As for the rest of us ladies who want a healthier choice and an amazing color palette, please, give Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Polish a try. You can get them at Inglot Cosmetics store or on Amazon. You can also visit their website www.inglotcosmetics.com or your local Macy’s store. Recently Jennifer Lopez partnered with Inglot to share the J Glow with women around the world. Visit their website to see the beautiful looks she is promoting and check out the endless colors possibilities. Inglot sells their products in over 800 locations all over the world, they’re also on Broadway in musicals like Mamma Mia and Lion King.
I also love their eye shadows – they stay on forever! I also like their lipsticks, especially J205 Flor.
I hope you check it out! Anything that makes us feel and look better is worth trying, girls!