I can’t imagine going a day without pedicured (and often manicured) nails—especially during the summer, but knowing that many polishes are full of toxic chemicals, I have started to get concerned. I want a polish that is healthier (yes, the healthiest alternative is no polish at all and that is so not happening), but I’m not willing to give up the gorgeous pigments and chip-resistant formulas that high-end polishes offer.
Luckily many beauty companies feel the same way and have updated their polishes and eliminated the nasties. Now, both Chanel and Dior are five-free, which means no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Deborah Lippmann polish is seven free—getting rid of ethyl toslyamide and xylene and Butter London has deleted an 8th ingredient, triphenyl phosphate. My favorite color for my fingers right now? The orangey-red Espadrilles by Chanel (far left.) It’s superb with a slight tan. Also all you who use Essie at your local nail salon, it is only three-free. I suggest you invest in these. Changing your polish is an easy update that could have lasting benefits.