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3. Why SOLEPULSE Does Not Promote the Use of Nail Polish
SOLEPULSE Foot Care Nurse focuses on obtaining positive health outcomes, in all it does. Therefore, SOLEPULSE has decided to refrain from applying nail polish as part of its foot care treatments.
There are several reasons for this decision:
- Nail polish contains chemical solvents – some of which have been linked to some severe health risks. (See some sources below). SOLEPULSE does not want to take any risks with its clients or unnecessarily expose its nurses to nail polish vapour.
- Clients’ feet and circulation cannot be properly assessed when polish is covering the nail. Therefore, SOLEPULSE asks its foot care clients (especially those with diabetes or other circulation issues) to refrain from nail polish or remove the polish before their foot care appointment
SOLEPULSE still offers cuticle care and nail trimming and filing, but instead we apply a natural oil to the nail that hydrates and highlights the beauty of your natural nail. It has a beautiful “finished” result.
Of course, you must make your own decision about whether to use nail polish.
Below are some articles that we have found informative. SOLEPULSE encourages you to do your own research. There are many sources of information and opinions from health and science experts.
Health Risks Beneath the Painted Beauty in America’s Nail Salons
(Thu Quach, Research Scientist, Cancer Prevention Institute of California and Director of Community Health and Research, Asian Health Services and Consulting Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Stanford University. 2015. Available online: https://theconversation.com/health-risks-beneath-the-painted-beauty-in-americas-nail-salons-41660)
This article lists three toxic and potentially hazardous ingredients that can be found in nail polish that have been linked to cancer and disruption of the endocrine system: toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate. According to the article, these three chemicals are nicknamed the “toxic trio” because of their serious health impacts. Nair care salon workers and clients are exposed through direct contact with the chemicals in the nail polish and through inhalation of the vapours.
- Formaldehyde: Used as a nail hardening agent and also for disinfecting tools used for providing nail care. A known carcinogen.
- Toluene: Is a solvent ingredient that allows the polish to spread smoothly and maintain pigments from separating in the bottle. It can affect the central nervous system and cause reproductive harm.
- Dibutyl phthalate: Is added to the nail polish to allow the polish to remain flexible. Exposure has been linked to reproductive problems.
Yes, Chemicals In Nail Polish Can Leach Into Your Body. Is it time to rethink your weekly mani ritual?
(Anna Almendrala, Senior Healthy Living Editor, The Huffington Post. Available online: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nail-polish-chemicals-entering-the-body_us_5627e311e4b02f6a900f59c7)
This article cites a study led by Duke University and Environmental Working Group that suggests “we absorb at least one potentially hormone-disrupting chemical every time we get a polish.” The article goes on to speak about triphenyl phosphate (TPP) which is known to be added to about 49% of the 3,000 nail polishes (in the Environmental Working Group’s database) to make the nail polish adhere strongly to the nail.
The Duke University study – while it hasn’t proven that elevated levels of TPP actually hurt human beings, it does raise questions about the potential effects of low-level TPP absorption over time. It has identified a potential for TTP to interfere with hormones based on tests it conducted on animals.
It is interesting to note that Researcher Thu Quach (as referenced in the article) suspects that as more companies remove the chemicals from nail polish, they’re replacing them with chemicals that may be just as harmful, or have the potential for harm — like TPP. As some chemicals are removed from nail polish, other chemicals are increasing in volume to replace them.
Is Nail Polish Harmful?
(New York Times. Ask Well Column. January 2, 2014. Is Nail Polish Harmful. Available online: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/ask-well-is-nail-polish-harmful/)
Janet Nudelman, co- founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics states: “No one is saying that occasional application of nail polish will cause long term health consequences”. But certain groups maybe at higher risk. For dedicated polish enthusiasts, Ms. Nudelman recommends doing research to find the safest brands. The Environmental Working Group maintains a searchable cosmetics database at www.ewg.org/skindeep.
The Effect of Nail Polish on Pulse Oximetry
(Coté CJ, Goldstein EA, Fuchsman WH, Hoaglin DC. Anesth Analg. 1988 July; 67(7):683-6. Available online: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3382042)
According to the abstract of a study on the effects of nail polish on pulse oximetry, certain colors of nail polish can significantly lower oximeter readings of oxygen saturation. It is recommended that nail polish be removed routinely before pulse oximeter monitoring.
Surprising Things Your Nail Salon Doesn’t Want You to Know
(Footfiles. Available online: http://www.footfiles.com/beauty/cosmetic-foot-care/article/surprising-things-your-nail-salon-doesnt-want-you-to-know)
The article takes a look at nail salons and what has been known to be going on ‘behind the scenes’. One issue is ineffective sterilization of equipment (such as soaking tubs) resulting in the spread of staph, boils, warts and toenail fungus to their clients. The article identifies the method of “autoclave” as an effective way to sterilize equipment, but identifies that “only 1% of nail salons use on a regular basis”.
It is important to point out that SOLEPULSE sterilizes all of its instruments using an auto clave, and uses disposable liners in its soaking tubs. These are important infection control measures.
4. Feet Injuries Need Immediate Treatment
Any injury or cut on your feet needs to be attended to immediately. As your feet are directly in contact with dust, there are higher chances of contamination. Therefore, you must be extra careful with the cuts and bruises on your feet. The colour of your toe nail can also tell you about your upset stomach, weak liver and lot other stomach related issues. Make sure you maintain a high level of hygiene to stay away from fungal infection. Most men avoid this, but a regular foot care routine is extremely necessary to stay away from infections.Take proper care and make sure that you always put the right foot forward. A little extra attention that you pay towards your feet can save you from chronic disorders helping you take immediate action. Always buy shoes that comfort your feet and don’t just run after a snazzy looking pair, because there is always a hidden baggage with beautiful things!
5. Your Feet Can Show Signs of Illness
Your feet can show signs of illness well in advance. Medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and a lot of other disorders that are associated with circulatory system and nerves show their initial effects on your feet. You can tell if the person is unwell only by touching his feet. When unwell, your feet turn cold due to poor circulation. So, the next time you get cold feet (literally), visit a doctor and get yourself examined.We provide a wide range of personalized nursing care to help you or a loved one to live in comfort. Our care will help you reduce pain, prevent diseases and better manage your chronic conditions and/or illness for an overall better quality of life.