It wasn’t so long ago that I was a huge fan of REALLY long acrylic nails, religiously visiting the nail bar every two weeks!
When I found out I was pregnant I decided to stop getting them done for various reasons, mainly the fumes that are omitted.
I also opted against using shop bought nail varnish due to their toxic ingredients. Please find a list that is often found in these products,
Dibutylphthalate (Endocrine disruptor. Irritation of the eyes (lacrimation, conjunctivitis) and upper respiratory tract (nasopharyngitis, bronchitis possible), if ingested or inhaled: headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, hematuria, dizziness, photophobia (sensitivity to light) and nephrotoxicity)
Toluene (Neurotoxic. Its vapours may be irritating to the upper respiratory tract and eyes above 100 ppm. Following repeated or prolonged contact, this product has a degreasing effect on the skin. It can cause redness, peeling and cracking. Inhalation of vapours may cause central nervous system depression.)
Formaldehyde (Carcinogen. In 2004, IARC has classified formaldehyde as a carcinogen to humans (Group 1). In Europe, it is classified as “category 3 carcinogen” (possibly carcinogenic to humans), but after a more severe proposal of France, this classification is under review.)
Xylene (Irritating and nerve: This product causes mild eye irritation and moderate skin irritation. Inhalation of vapours may cause central nervous system depression. Exposure to vapours may cause irritation of the eyes and upper respiratory tract. Following repeated or prolonged contact, this product has a degreasing effect on the skin. It can cause redness, scaling and cracking.)
Colophony (rosin) (Irritating / respiratory disorders: Several cases of skin sensitisation are also reported. The cases are isolated but quite varied: beauticians who applied depilatory waxes containing rosin, as well as artists who reacted to their stage makeup.)
Synthetic Camphor (Irritation: eyes, upper respiratory tract if inhaled: decreased frequency of breathing, slow heart rate, worsened symptoms if inhaled in large doses.)
Source: CSST – Toxicological directory service (http://www.reptox.csst.qc.ca/)
Then I discovered the Zao nail care range! My nails are not as long as when I used to don the acrylics, which would not be ideal with a baby they are however really strong and a good length.
The nail & cuticle care is so nourishing, rich in sweet almond oil and kukui oil, it repairs and softens cuticles whilst strengthening your nails.
I use it at least once week, apply the formula to the nail and cuticle, a little goes a long way. Massage gently until the oil penetrates the nail.
Midz top tip
Remember to remove any excess oil if you are planning on painting your nails immediately after this treatment.