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Worry No More About Weak Nails

Ever take off your nail polish and find a thin, discolored white spot that makes your wonder if your nail is damaged? You're not alone. Most drugstore and professional-quality polishes contain a toxic substance called toluene.

Toluene is a common ingredient that helps lacquer adhere to nails and creates an even finish. However, it weakens nails and strips them of their protective coating. When inhaled, its fumes can also cause serious damage to your reproductive and central nervous systems and to your skin. Be aware that toluene may appear on labels as benzene, methyl-methylbenzene, or toluol.

Short of never painting your nails again, what can you do? Fortunately, a few companies have caught onto this hand hazard. Poshe' makes a toluene-free base and top coat. This way you can still use your favorite polishes in between these layers, but your paws will remain protected. And even Maybelline's new polish is toluene-free. Since it's so easy to stay safe, why not use these, I say.

diorbaby diorbaby 10 years
I love nail polish, but I am really into having perfect nails/hair ( I am a bit of a control freak-you can tell that my life is falling apart because my hair is perfectly styled, perfect nails and careful makeup.) So right now I have acrylic nails.
tati33 tati33 10 years
magicnmystery - I think you are right about Zoya. I remember reading something like that one day.. Zoya is the leading Professional Manufacturer of Toluene Formaldehyde and DBP Free extra long wearing natural Nail Polish, Top Coats Base Coats Polish
Orangecrush43 Orangecrush43 10 years
I love nail polish!
magicnmystery magicnmystery 10 years
I believe that Zoya also makes a toluene free Base and Top coat. If someone could confirm this, I'd appreciate it.
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 10 years
I should use this, my nails are so weak from years of biting them. (A horrible habit I've yet to stop)
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
Wow, yet another reason I love Maybelline Salon Finish polish!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 10 years
I could totally use this. So on topic, haha.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
doesn't TNT stand for tri-nitro-toluene? or something like that? sorry, also off topic.
tati33 tati33 10 years
bella - when you said Be aware that toluene may appear on labels as benzene, methyl-methylbenzene, or toluol. I immediately thought of nightmares from Organic Chemistry..I know sorry way off topic.
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