For most of my life I have religiously painted my nails. I have fond memories of watching tv at night and my mother takes her box of nail gear on the table and we groom and paint our nails. Even my father would join in. He would always say, “A real way to tell a mans age is how his nails look.” My father always had pristine shiny buffed nails. My mother would have perfectly manicured painted nails, as did I. It was a ritual we would do multiple times per week. We did this for as long as I could remember.
When I first turned Vegan and had the panic attack of having put so many chemical and toxic things on my skin and body for years, and I was convinced I was going to burst into flames, I took over 30 bottles of nail polish and threw them in the trash.
Most nail polishes include extremely toxic ingredients like formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate which has been linked to cancer, can cause reproductive problems, and disrupt the endocrine system.
Here are a list of articles to check out to learn more about the dangers of fingernail polish and studies to support them:
I swore I would never use fingernail polish again, and I haven’t. It’s been quite freeing, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t take care of my nails. I still do once a week or every 2 weeks. But just because I don’t use fingernail polish doesn’t mean that my nails don’t look good. I stick to using a buffer. It removes ridges from the nails and looks like you are wearing clear fingernail polish. This is what my father used solely to keep his nails looking especially pristine.
This is my favorite:
Another reason I don’t paint my nails is because I came across the information that it is quite unhealthy for your nails. Our nails are made of protein, specifically keratin just like our hair and when they are exposed to certain chemicals for long periods of time they cells become very delicate and become damaged. But nail polish isn’t the only culprit, Acetone, the remover of nail polish is a strong solvent that dries, seperates, splits and breaks our nails and causes them to be weaker over time.
After removing nail polish from my life, my nails have been incredibly thick and strong. I have no cuticle issues (the more you cut, the more there is to cut). I swear I could break through glass with my nails. It might hurt, but I could do it. They never break, or peel.
Removing the very specific nail painting routine from my life gave me extra freedom I never thought of. Minimizing my routine and opening more freedom to do other things. Especially mental energy.
Don’t get me wrong, it was so much fun for me before and the memories I share with my mother and my friends as we would do my nails together at my home, my dormroom and my apartment have been very near and dear to my heart, but never having to worry about my nails chipping. Thinking about my nails, worrying that I would chip them here, or having to finagle my hands in certain ways to protect them has all been freed up.
There’s also something quite beautiful about having bare hands. Natural, graceful, effortless. The shine of health that is only needed.
Also extra tips on taking care of nails:
Never cut your cuticles, the more you cut, the more there is to cut. Any trauma to our cuticles disables our cuticles ability to protect the nail from water and infection.
Wear gloves when doing the dishes, and prevent excessive exposure to water which can weaken them. (Another tip I like to do, is add some hand lotion into the dish washing gloves, the hot water from the sink while I was the dishes creates a nice little hand mask. Afterwards I have wonderfully hydrated hands and nails. I picked up this tip from Japanese women.
When choosing a non-toxic nail polish, please check the ingredients, even some “Non toxic” nail polishes can still have some extremely harmful chemicals. Click these articles for more (http://time.com/5419483/nail-polish-chemicals/_
If you are going to use nail polish I recommend 100% pure, but only on occasion, and on my toes. ^_^ There is something so nice about looking at your painted toes in the shower.
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