What’s in your nail polish bottle?
This is the first of several articles we’re launching in the coming months that will take you inside nail shops to learn more about the products you buy.
Today, we’re looking at nail polish that doesn’t just give you the prettiest look but also helps you live a longer life.
Nail polish is the second most common product in the U.S.
A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the average person ages 40 and older in the United States spends more than $11,000 a year on cosmetics, but only $5,000 of that goes toward buying nail polish.
That makes a huge difference when you consider that the typical person doesn’t get manicures, pedicures, and body work until the age of 35.
“There are so many nail products that are really expensive, but the products that people are using, and they have the best results are those that are inexpensive,” says Amy Drenner, who runs the popular blog Flawless Nail Lacquer.
“It really makes sense that if you’re a younger person and you’re using a lot of different products, the products on the shelf that are most effective for you are ones that cost the least.”
Drenner is one of many nail polish experts who share Dren’s belief that the cheapest nail polish on the market is not the one you’re looking for.
“Nail care products are expensive and you should be looking for a product that is cheaper than the other products you’re going to be using,” she says.
Nail Polish can also be the most effective way to prevent your nail from getting chipped or scuffed up.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that a lot is known about how to prevent nail chipping and scratches from occurring with a few simple tricks: Nails that are too rough or unevenly packed or creased can reduce the amount of nail polish you’re exposed to.
Pigments can also help keep your nails looking healthy and soft, and keeping your nails free of dirt and grit can help prevent skin damage.
For the last decade, the National Association of Consumer Advocates has been pushing nail care products that have been tested to be safe and effective, but they have to be approved by the FDA and have to have been approved by health and safety regulators.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, which is the largest medical association in the country, is also calling for a ban on nail polish, saying that it’s “highly associated with the development of skin and eye problems.”
“There is a lot more that we don’t know about these ingredients and the potential side effects,” says Drenners co-founder and CEO Jennifer McQuade.
“The truth is, if we can help reduce the risk of these ingredients, then we can really help save lives.”
As the cost of nail care continues to increase, nail polish is increasingly being used by older Americans as an effective way of protecting their nails.
“Nails have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, and so for them to have developed these properties of their nails, you have to know what they’re used for,” says Michael K. Davis, who works at the nonprofit Center for Applied Behavioral Science and Health at the University of Texas at Austin.
Davis has been working with students to study nail polish and its effects on the body.
One of the biggest differences between older and younger people is that older people tend to wear more makeup, so they need more products to maintain that look.
Drenners and her team at the Center for Application Behavioral Science are studying nail care for the next generation.
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