A Greener Mani/Pedi

March 15th, 2007

Spring is in the air - you can feel it. Which means sandal season. Like many women (and a growing number of men) - you may look at your toes, realize that they are about to see sunlight for the first time in months, and rush to schedule a pedicure.

Before you decide which colour of polish to choose, there a few things you may want to know. Many nail polishes and removers have a number of harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), and phalates and tuolene (both potentially toxic chemicals). There are a couple of steps you can take:

  • Do your research by finding out which nail polishes have the best ratings in terms of health concerns
  • Look for nail polishes and polish removers that are formaldehyde or phalate free (Revlon, Sally Hansen and OPI have products if you look for them)
  • Take your own nail polish to the salon when you get your pedicure and/or manicure to ensure that you are using polishes with the lowest health concern (and you also get the colour of your choice this way)
  • Ask your salon/spa about their environmental practices

A pedicure is a wonderful thing - why not add to the enjoyment by making sure you are avoiding harmful chemicals?

Green byte: Consumers use as many as 25 different cosmetics products in a day and up to 70% of what is applied to the skin is believed to be absorbed into the body.

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