Why Non-Toxic Nail Salons in Vancouver should be your next destination

    Whether you are someone who doesn’t particularly frequent non-toxic nail salons in Vancouver and usually gets manicures on a whim, or you can’t leave the house without your trusted gel nails being nothing less than perfect, most tend to overlook the true benefits of choosing non-toxic nail polish.

    On the other hand (pun intended), even though there is a certain buzz around unethical fashion, the nail-polish industry doesn't get the same treatment. So, why non-toxic gel nail polish salons should be your go-to pampering destination? Everything starts with the right ingredients.

Why you should avoid toxic ingredients during your Vancouver salon visit?

    The truth is that toxic nail polish ingredients don’t directly come in contact with your skin. Some might think that this is a good enough reason to opt for any nail polish without actually evaluating its formula. Yes, your nails serve as a protective barrier against nail polishes. Nonetheless, your skin is full of pores and so are your nails (but at a lower rate) and it’s these pores that allow toxic ingredients to pass through both barriers.

    So, what does this mean for my health, we hear you ask. It means that toxic ingredients in nail polish don’t necessarily need to come in direct contact with your skin in order to cause harm. They can still pass through your nail pores.

    As Dr. Rachita Narsaria mentioned about the side effects of using toxic nail polish, you can face “ minor complaints like skin irritation, allergic reactions, nausea, to more serious troubles like respiratory problems, cancer, and reproductive conditions.”

The most harmful toxic nail polish ingredients

    Amidst the dozens of confusing chemical names found in your favorite nail polish, some deserve much more attention. Hopefully, the list below will make you swap your next appointment with a mani and pedi session from a non-toxic nail salon in Vancouver instead.  


    According to Harward Medical School, Formaldehyde is a preservative that has been recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a potentially cancer-causing substance. It’s also one of the main ingredients known to cause allergic contact dermatitis. This chemical is often added to "nail hardeners." Some other nail polish ingredients to avoid and prevent yourself from allergic contact dermatitis are formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene.


Camphor can cause nausea and dizziness if it’s accidentally inhaled. Have you ever wondered why your nails turn this annoying yellow from painting them? Yes, that’s Camphor and its ability to strip your nails from nutrients. The good news is that by booking an appointment with a nontoxic gel nail polish salon, you will actually be able to trust the ingredients used on you.


If the aforementioned side effects weren’t enough to make you want to opt for non-toxic nail polish, hear this. Toluene has numerous long-lasting effects ranging from eye irritation to kidney and nervous system damage. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration describes it as a toxic ingredient that can cause “ tiredness, slow reaction, difficulty sleeping, numbness in the hands or feet, or female reproductive system damage and pregnancy loss.”  


Acetone might not be one of the most dangerous nail polish ingredients to avoid, it is, however, extremely harmful if you breathe it. Moderate to high amounts of acetone, even for a very short amount of time, can cause nose, throat, lungs, and eye irritations. In severe cases, it may lead to headaches, dizziness, confusion, a faster pulse, nausea, vomiting, and more.

More toxic nail polish ingredients to avoid


Xylene is known for irritating the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. The main symptoms reported include headaches, dizziness, and nausea or vomiting. When visiting a non-toxic gel nail polish salon you are pretty much certain that non of these surprisingly dangerous
chemicals will be used on you to create that coveted nail look.


You might have noticed that the beauty and haircare industry is chock full of parabens and everyone is urging you to stay away from them. Here is why. Parabens are preservatives that are known for their estrogen-mimicking effects, which may trigger severe health concerns from hormonal problems by disrupting the normal function of hormone systems.

EWG points out that it is indeed one of the most toxic nail polish ingredients to avoid due to its ability to affect male and female reproductive system functioning, reproductive development, fertility, and birth outcomes.


Nitrocellulose is the ingredient that serves that flexible, shiny film that adheres to the surface of the nail. In fact, it’s the same ingredient used in car paint as well as in some explosives, such as fireworks and dynamite.


(Hydroxyethyl) methacrylate is a common nail polish ingredient that can cause skin and eye irritation as well as allergic responses. Other symptoms include chest tightness, dyspnea, coughing, wheezing, and reduced peak flow. Methacrylate chemicals can cause a severe, itchy rash anywhere on the body, not just the fingertips, says the British Association of Dermatologists.

Why is it important to book an appointment with a non-toxic gel nail polish salon? Dr David Orton pointed out the life-long consequences of toxic ingredients, including methacrylate, saying that "The truth is that there will be many women out there with these allergies who remain undiagnosed, because they may not link their symptoms to their nails, especially if the symptoms occur elsewhere on the body.”

We are a vegan, sustainable and non-toxic nail salon in Vancouver

Now that you are well aware of the numerous dangers of nail polish, head over to our website, Line Spa and Polish, to book an appointment at our vegan, sustainable and non-toxic nail salon in Vancouver. Our nail polishes are absolutely free of all these toxic chemicals but come packed with skin-loving nutrients such as Jojoba Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Ylang Ylang, Aloe Vera, Mango Butter, Grapeseed Oil, and much more!


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