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Can Nail Polish Really Be Healthy?

Posted Feb 28 2012 1:02am

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The last link love question of the month comes to us from My Lucid Bubble

KrisInPhilly asks…Can nail polish, like from Remedy Nails , be “healthy”? Is their claim that they have the most unique polish on the market true?

The Right Brain responds:

Kristin, thanks for helping us finish the month with such a great question. I just wish I had a definitive answer about Remedy Nails.

I had trouble finding much information about how Remedy Nails claims to be so healthy and unique so I wrote to the company asking for an explanation. Unfortunately they have not responded. So, I can’t really tell for sure how they support their claims. In my humble opinion, it all depends on how you define “healthy.” Having worked in the beauty industry for many years, I can speculate how a company might respond when asked “what does healthy mean?”

Example: Healthy looking nails.

Comment: Claims related to appearance are almost always easily substantiated.

Example:  Fights nail fungus.

Comment: This would be a drug claim so I doubt Remedy Nails would use such as approach unless, of course, they are selling a drug product.

Example: Stronger nails, longer lasting color, etc.

Comment: This is a gray area. Nail strengtheners can also cause brittleness . Is that really healthier? Many people would say not.

Example: No harmful solvents.

Comment: We’ve written about the dangers of breathing nail polish and there is certainly reason for concern about neurotoxicity.  Water-based polishes could “healthier” in this regard.  Perhaps this is Remedy’s approach?  If so, do they provide the same quality polish as solvent-based systems? If not, you have to ask yourself: how much are you willing to give up to get a “healthier” product?

As you can see from these examples, “healthy” is a very subjective claim that is open to interpretation. It would be interesting to see how Remedy Nails defines “healthy” for their products.

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What do YOU think? Have we missed any definitions of healthy that you would include? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with the rest of the Beauty Brains community. 


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