21-Free Nail Polish and Pregnancy: The Safe Choice for Expecting Mothers

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When you’re pregnant, it feels like there are so many things to say no to: no lunch meat, sushi, or hot tubs. Luckily, you can still indulge in a little self-care by getting a manicure. Ensure a non-toxic experience by choosing 21-free nail polish.

What is 21-free Nail Polish?

You’ve probably heard of 5-free, 10-free, and even 15-free nail polish brands. These nail polish brands promise to exclude harmful ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, parabens, camphor, and cyclic silicones. These chemicals have been tested and shown to cause allergic reactions, irritation, and even cancer.

Reactions to these chemicals depend on dosage and sensitivity, but we say: Why take the chance? It’s possible to make beautiful, high-quality nail polish without these additives, so we did.

In fact, we went the extra mile by keeping our non-toxic nail polish free of xylene, triphenyl phosphate, hydroquinone, bismuth oxychloride, animal derivatives, and more. Liberation Nails makes 21-free nail polish that is safe for everyone, especially children and expecting mothers.

For a list of the twenty-one ingredients Liberation Nails does not put in their nail polish, click here.

What Do Experts Say About Manicures While Pregnant?

Poison Control posted an informative article concerning manicures and pregnancy. They cite formaldehyde, toluene, and plasticizers as harmful substances but say that the occasional application of nail polish in well-ventilated areas should be safe for both mom and baby.

They also note that women concerned about nail polish toxicity should consider “x-free” nail polish brands that “do not contain these potentially worrisome chemicals.”

Three Reasons Why Expecting Mothers Choose 21-free Nail Polish:

1. Non-toxic nail polish keeps you breathing easy.

Because Liberation Nails doesn’t use harmful chemicals, you don’t have to stress about ventilation to avoid breathing in toxins during your manicure. In fact, we went to extra lengths to ensure our nail polish doesn’t just lack the chemical smell—it smells good.

Sensitivity to smell is an issue that plagues many pregnant women, and the harsh chemical smell from most nail polish has been known to trigger headaches and nausea, especially in the first trimester. The after-polish aroma from Liberation Nails smells like lemon, coconut milk, and vanilla.

When you use a non-toxic nail product, you get non-toxic smells.

2. You can still get a professional manicure.

Bring your own nail polish to the salon for a manicure or pedicure. You are allowed to do this, and while you won’t receive any discount for bringing your own products, you’ll know the nail polish is high-quality and safe for you and your growing baby.

Take extra precautions to ensure the salon of your choice is up to code, clean, and following all sterilization protocols to prevent bacterial illness or infection. Once you find a nail salon you trust, it’s time to relax, be pampered, and let someone else try to paint those hard-to-reach toenails.

3. 21-free nail polish protects you and your baby.  

Most health professionals recommend skipping gel and acrylic nails during pregnancy because they require so much acetone for removal. Not only are the chemicals and fumes a problem, but the formula may weaken nails and dry out cuticles that are already experiencing changes due to pregnancy hormones.

None of this is a problem when using the non-toxic nail care product line by Liberation Nails. Our 21-free nail polish, hydrating nail polish remover, and award-winning cuticle oil offer a healthier alternative to traditional nail care.

Some women get better nails, skin, and hair during pregnancy. Others have the opposite experience. Our non-toxic and 21-free nail products ensure you don’t put any extra stress on your changing body.

Choose 21-Free Nail Polish With Liberation Nails

Liberation Nails wants to keep people healthy, and we want to keep the Earth healthy, too. We incorporate recyclable and reusable materials whenever possible through glass bottles, refillable dispensers, and compostable packaging. Fewer chemicals in nail polish, nail polish remover, and other nail care items like instant drying drops mean fewer chemicals reaching our precious natural resources.

Our products are certified cruelty-free, and we value inclusivity.

Using 21-free nail polish by Liberation Nails is a small step you can take to make this big world a little more welcoming for your new arrival.

Choose from a variety of 21-free nail polish shades in our online store. Liberation Nails has something for everyone at every age and every stage of life.

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