Every region or continent has its own rules and regulations when it comes to beauty and make-up products. As we all might imagine, the European Union has strict guidelines for many health-related issues, and nail polish is not an exception to it That's why we should all prefer European Nail Polish brands such as Flormar over most US-made brands.
EU has banned over 1300 chemicals from being used in nail polish for the reasons including but not limited to birth defects and cancer. When it comes to US, the number of banned chemicals are not more than 50. Only to make things worse, the chemicals that are not banned include horribly harmful material such as asbestos and formaldehyde.
Here is a quote from a The Guardian story:
"Of the more than 40,000 chemicals on the market in the US, the EPA has only banned six, including polychlorinated biphenyls (known as PCBs) which are linked to cancers, certain aerosol sprays blamed for the hole in the ozone layer and dioxins, used as an ingredient in Agent Orange, which the US sprayed during the Vietnam war.
Under a 1976 law called the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) the EPA has the power to limit chemicals, but critics say it is severely flawed. The act largely focuses on new potential toxins and even then gives the EPA just 90 days to work out if new products pose a risk before they hit the market.
A 2016 amendment known as the Lautenberg Act required the EPA to evaluate all potentially risky chemicals, but progress on this backlog has often appeared painfully slow. “The EPA is playing catchup, and under this administration things aren’t moving very fast at all,” said Jacobs.
The EPA recently listed 40 chemicals to be assessed for review, including asbestos, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, which is used in refrigeration and can cause damage to the nervous system and liver. Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the EPA, said the agency was committed to the “successful and timely implementation” of the Lautenberg Act."
Let's use European Nail Polish, many nice brands including Flormar, to stay beautiful and healthy in the United States!