Hands up if you’ve ever painted you nails. Hands up if you CURRENTLY have your nails painted? Yep, just as we thought—most ladies have their nails prepped and polished on a daily basis. However, we reckon the numbers of gals rocking nail varnish could be about to plummet, as this latest finding is guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of us all…
The terrifying report (not that we’re being over dramatic, mind) comes from experts across the pond at the Researchers at Duke University and the Environmental Working Group, who have pinpointed a common ingredient in nail varnish that may be dangerous, especially for people who frequently paint their nails, and yep, there’s science to back it up.
To spare you a chemistry lesion, we’ll get right down to it. The ingredient in question is triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, and it’s main use in beauty polishes is to make the lacquer more flexible and durable. Incidentally, it’s also used as a fire retardant on various types of furniture.
See: Show Us Your Nails! The Hottest Designs Around…
Beauty insiders reckon that it was first introduced to polishes to replace a toxin that originally existed in nail polish, but was removed after it was linked to reproductive issues. But brand new research shows that the TPHP substitute isn’t exactly that much of an improvement.
Recent studies have shown that TPHP is an endocrine disruptor, which means it interferes with hormones, and after being tested on humans, scientists say it may be linked to weight gain. Say it ain’t so!
While the researchers at Duke University have stressed that further studies will need to be carried out before they can confirm anything conclusively, this news will definitely make us thing twice before we reach for our favourite shade.
The scary thing is, this chemical isn’t a blip on the beauty spectrum. After testing a host of leading brands, 49% of more than 3,000 nail polishes and treatments collected by the researchers were found to include TPHP, with some polishes containing it even when the bottle says otherwise. What’s more, it looks like clear polishes contain more of the stuff, so it looks like that top-coat is doing you harm too. Yikes!
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We’re not in the habit of fear mongering, but please excuse us while we cancel our next mani appointment…
By Maxine Eggenberger