Many popular nail polishes contain the so-called "toxic trio" of chemicals (though you won't always find them listed among the ingredients): dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and formaldehyde.
A number of companies now offer natural nail polishes that are gorgeous and fun, as well as safer for you and the planet.
Examples include the soy- and corn-based Priti ($10.50-$12.25 at amazon.com or $16 at gaiam.com) and the water-based Suncoat ($10 at amazon.com), which hydrates the underlying nail and is available in 32 colors. Bright polishes from ToeShades require no remover to take off: They simply peel away.
You may not have realized it, but your nails are porous and can allow toxins to enter your bloodstream. So why not play it safe and pick a great new "natural" color?
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