Nail Polish is something the modern woman cannot do without for reasons ranging from its trendy look to trying to set herself apart from other women. You may at one time or the other felt like the smell of your nails Polish is similar to that of the chemicals used by furniture manufacturers.
Unfortunately however, unlike furniture manufacturers that make use of nose masks while spraying those chemicals on furniture, women don’t do same when they apply their nail Polish.
Chances are you like most women out there haven’t given it a thought or because you have become so desensitized to the smell that the pungent chemical smell no longer phases you as they used to do when you started the application of the Polish.
That nonetheless doesn’t mean that the health risks associated with inhaling it isn’t there.
Are There Health Risks Associated?
A study conducted and published in 2015 found out that a chemical found in some nail polish was the same chemical used as a fire retardant in furniture.
The chemical is Triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, and is not only responsible for the distinct characteristic smell of nail Polish but can also be absorbed through the nails and skin. The chemical also has a somewhat dangerous and scary effect in women.
What Are The Effects Of Triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP?
Triphenyl phosphate has been found to have significant effects of women ranging from a change in hormone regulation, alteration in body metabolism, and parts of the reproductive systems.
According to Johanna Congleton, co-author of the study, “It is very troubling that nail polish being marketed to women and teenage girls contains a suspected endocrine disruptor,” she said. She went on further to say, “It is even more troubling to learn that their bodies absorb this chemical relatively quickly after they apply a coat of polish.”
The study found that most females tend to absorb the chemicals quickly which then goes on the disrupt endocrine functions and can have severe consequences on physiological functions of regular female nail Polish users.
Which Nail Polishes Contain The Triphenyl phosphate or TPHP?
According to the study, 49% of more than 3,000 nail polishes in the market make it known to users that their products contain TPHP. While a significant proportion of manufacturers disclose that their products contain TPHP, it doesn’t still eliminate the risk and dangers of regularly using the product.
A lot of popular brands contain TPHP, which a lot of women use regularly. The problem however is some companies don’t even disclose if their products contain the chemical or not.
The best thing to do is to limit the usage and application of nail Polish to the barest minimum. This can help to significantly reduce the risk associated. If you can help it, give up this hobby completely.