A common thing us gals like to do might be making us pack on the pounds? Say it isn’t so!!!
Researchers at Duke University and the Environmental Working Group conducted a study and found that a common ingredient used in most nail polishes might be dangerous. Especially for mani-acs who swap out their nail color every other day.
This rude ingredient trying to ruin it for us all is triphenyl phosphate (don’t even try to pronounce it) or as a non-science wizard like myself calls it, TPHP. The chemical is used in polishes to keep them more flexible and durable. It’s also used in plastics manufacturing and as a fire retardant in foam furniture. Ummmm ew?
For frequent users of nail polish, exposure to TPHP may be a long-term hazard.
Dibutyl phthalate (don’t try this one either), DBP, was once used as the polish plasticizer (before TPHP), but the chemical was pulled from lacquers because scientific studies showed it was toxic to the reproductive system. Well, the replacement, TPHP doesn’t seem like it’s much better!
Recent studies are suggesting that TPHP is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it interferes with hormones and could potentially be messing with your metabolism. Don’t sweat- more studies need to be done before scientists can conclusively link TPHP to weight gain.
TPHP is listed on the ingredient labels of a wide variety of nail polishes and after doing some digging, researchers found that 49 percent of more than 3,000 nail polishes and treatments contain TPHP. Some polishes even contain the hazardous chemical, but don’t disclose it. Not cool. So maybe you’re now thinking “Well I’ll just paint my nails with clear nail polish. That’ll be much more safe.” WRONG. Apparently clear nail polish contains more TPHP than colored ones.
In the meantime, until more research is done connecting manicures to the expanding tire around my waist, pass the chocolate cake and Lincoln Park After Dark. If you’re going to do something wrong, do it right!