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Intentional Nail Care

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Duration: 32:12
Perfectly manicured hands and feet are the norm in 2021, and many of us feel out of place when we choose to abandon what’s socially accepted.
But there’s a “toxic trio” of chemicals in nail polish (toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate) and these chemicals leak through
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Perfectly manicured hands and feet are the norm in 2021, and many of us feel out of place when we choose to abandon what’s socially accepted.
But there’s a “toxic trio” of chemicals in nail polish (toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate) and these chemicals leak through our nail beds and into our bloodstreams.
What’s the true cost, then, of fitting in? Is fitting in worth it if doing so harms our health?
This week, I speak with podcast host Megan Mikkelson. Megan is passionate about creating a non-toxic home for her daughters and uses her platform to help others become conscious, informed consumers. Today we dive deep into the problems behind conventional nail products and salon services; we also discuss safer nail polish ideas that can seamlessly stand in as alternatives to conventional products.
Here’s a preview of this week’s episode:
[4:30] Why exactly nail polish is concerning from a health perspective
[10:00] Manicures, culture, and the costs associated with “fitting in”
[11:45] Gel, dipped, and more: the health and ethical effects associated with our favorite salon treatments
[17:30] Eco-friendly and non-toxic nail polish ideas that actually last; plus: incremental nail care tweaks for better health
[27:30] Stephanie’s unbiased opinions on Dazzle Dry


Resources mentioned in the episode:

* Karma Naturals nail polish remover
* Dazzle dry nail system
* Toxin-Free Talk: the podcast
* Megan’s Ultimate Safe Swap Guide



* Thank you to Quince for sponsoring this week’s episode! To get 50-80% off luxury apparel, accessories, home goods, and more go to OneQuince.com/SUSTAINABLE.
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* Want more episodes like this one? Check out #190: How to Curate a Healthy House.
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