Breathable nail polish: the latest beauty frontier
‘5-free’ nail polish. If you’re as mad about your mani as I am, you may have heard the phrase being bandied about.
But what does ‘5-free’ actually mean? Well, it’s great nail polish, minus five carcinogenic chemicals that studies have shown are bad for your nails – and body.
Just in case you’re curious, these are the baddies (in no particular order):
- formaldehyde resin
- dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
And now the French salon brand, Nailberry, has gone a step further, using ‘oxygenated technology’ to create a 5-free polish that’s also breathable, or more permeable to oxygen.
This means air and moisture can pass through the polish coating, resulting in healthier nails. For now, breathability is a relatively new concept, but we’ll be interested to see whether other brands follow suit.
Of course, if your fave nail polish doesn’t fall into the ‘5-free’ or breathable category, there are other ways to keep your nails healthy. Moisturising your cuticles and nails with an oil such as Sea Siren Sealicious Cuticle & Nail Oil or The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil is a beauty habit that will pay off. Acetone-free nail polish remover is also a must. Our members rate Sally Hansen's Acetone Free Remover For Healthy Nails.
It’s also worth going for these ‘3-free’ polish options (meaning they’re free of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP):
- Polished London
- Maybelline New York
Do you like the sound of ‘breathable’ nail polish? What other beauty products do you wish were kinder to your skin/hair/body?
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