I'm looking forward to an upcoming reunion with my college girlfriends, because we are planning a spa afternoon and that means I get to treat myself to a manicure. I think I can generalize here and say that all moms love an indulgent day every once in a while! A couple of years ago, I found out about eco-friendly nail polish. I even have a few bottles at home, but to be honest, I wasn't exactly sure what that meant.
I've read that there are three ingredients to avoid: toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate). These ingredients are all known to be toxic and carcinogenic. The FDA states that nail products contain potentially harmful ingredients, but they are allowed on the market because they are safe when used as directed. Some groups disagree.
It never hurts to be cautious, especially with so many non-toxic products available. Some are water-based and others completely avoid the "toxic three" ingredients plus other common nail product chemicals. If you like going to the salon for manicures, you don't have to be shy about bringing your own products. You can also look for salons that use eco-friendly nail polish products exclusively.