On my quest to answer the question, “Why Did I Get Cancer?” I have stumbled across some pretty interesting information. Little did I know, some of my favorite everyday products that I was using contained some toxic chemicals….
Did you know that nail polish is considered HAZARDOUS WASTE???
According to the site, Earth911: The U.S. EPA considers nail polish household hazardous waste (HHW) due to the toxic chemicals swarming within that bottle of shimmer and shine.
This stopped me in my tracks! If our government considers nail polish hazardous waste, why am I putting it on my nails?
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So I decided to clean out my bathroom drawer, and I found about a dozen old nail polish bottles. I know that it’s not good for the environment to toss it in the garbage, so I went online to find a way to dispose of it without causing damage.
After cancer, I’m trying to reduce the toxins in my life, not increase them.
Is it possible to still enjoy a manicure or use lotions and makeup without increasing my toxin load?
The good news is, YES!
But you have to do your due diligence, and I AM! So here are the top three toxic offenders in nail polish:
- Toluene: A solvent to make ingredients stick together and dry quickly, toluene is a known carcinogen with side effects like dizziness, headaches, and nausea.
- Formaldehyde: This hardener and preservative is a known carcinogen and may cause skin and respiratory tract infections.
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): DBP prevents chipping and is a known carcinogen and hormone disruptor. In addition, it may cause early menopause and reproductive harm in babies.
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