Wondering what 10-Free Gel Nail Polish actually means? Want to understand how it benefits you, and if it really matters in your manicure? We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know.
What does it mean to be '10-Free' and why should it matter to you?
Gelous' 10-Free Gel Nail Polish offers you a healthier and safer alternative compared to old-school, traditional nail polish brands. In a nutshell, this cleaner, non-toxic option ensures a greater experience for both your nails and overall wellbeing. It’s a win-win for you, and to us, it’s a non-negotiable.
Here at Gelous, we’ve meticulously crafted a Gel Nail Polish that parts ways from these harmful chemicals used in conventional nail polish formulations. These harmful substances can be absorbed into the skin, and are capable of causing horrifically unpleasant side effects. Even when the quantity is low, we believe it's better to avoid these nasties entirely - and with our Gel Nail Polish, you're able to.
Why should it matter to you? Well, your wellbeing matters above all. By choosing our 10-Free Gel Nail Polish, you can enjoy worry-free manicures or pedicures without opening yourself up to unnecessary risks. At Gelous, we believe in providing you a healthier alternative without compromising on quality, so you can feel confident and gorgeous, inside and out.
Listed below are the 10 ingredients we DO NOT use in our Gel Nail Polish, along with their common uses and potential side effects. The exclusion of the following 10 nasty chemicals from our ingredient list is of the utmost importance to us and we’re sure you’ll appreciate why it’s important for you too.
What chemicals aren't found in 10-Free Gel Nail Polish?
Our Gel Nail Polish is free from the three toxins known as the "toxic trio"
Formaldehyde: A chemical very strong in smell, classified as a gas and often used as a preservative. It can cause skin irritation, nausea and allergic reactions such as dermatitis, possibly leading to an itchy, red rash and painful blisters. Even scarier, Formaldehyde is linked to cause some cancers.
Dibutyl Phthalate: Frequently used as a solvent and plasticiser to give a shiny finish. However, it’s not so ‘shiny’ with its effects, potentially causing irritation of skin, eye, nose and throat, together with headaches, dizziness, nausea and seizures in some cases. There has also been evidence to suggest that it is associated with liver and kidney damage.
Toluene: A compound found in petroleum and the tolu-tree, predominately used as a solvent to aid in forming a smooth finish. Prolonged contact with Toulene can dry out the skin, causing it to crack and peel. What's more, inhalation can cause headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, respiratory depression and even hallucinations.
Gelous Gel Nail Polish is also free from:
Formaldehyde Resin: A polymer that is often used in nail products as its soft resin material creates a shiny and tough film in polishes. However, it’s certainly worth avoiding due to its ability to cause dermatitis and other skin irritations.
Camphor: A waxy, flammable solid found in the wood of the Camphor Laurel Tree within the East Asian region. A synthetic version is frequently used in many nail polishes as a plasticiser to bring shine and elasticity. Camphor is highly toxic and has the potential to cause nausea, headaches, dizziness and disorientation.
Parabens:Parabens are an extensively used preservative in cosmetic products due its ability to prolong shelf life, and to prevent the growth of bacteria and mould. As excellent as this may seem for your cosmetics, it’s not so excellent for you. Parabens have been linked with an increased risk of breast and skin cancer, so are definitely best steered clear of.
Ethyl Tosylamide: A chemical used as a plasticiser to increase the strength and longevity of nail polish. This substance however can result in mild to severe allergic reactions and is also known to be a hormone disrupter.
Xylene: A solvent frequently used in nail polishes for its thinning properties, Xylene can help to prevent the formula going lumpy. Some proven side effects are skin and eye irritation, nausea, headaches and dizziness.
Triphenyl Phosphate: Another chemical compound used as a plasticiser to boost durability and flexibility in nail polish. Nonetheless, this isn’t a chemical we’re willing to be flexible on. Triphenyl Phosphate is considered to have effects on your hormones, in particular, reproductive health.
Tert-butyl hydroperoxide: A chemical used in the oxidation process when producing nail polish. Unfortunately, this can be toxic to the blood, liver and lungs, and have negative effects on the respiratory and central nervous system.
Free from Animal Derived Ingredients:Unlike other cosmetic brands out there that persistently use ingredients such as Carmine (crushed insect shells), Guanine (fish scales) and Oleic Acid (animal fats), as a vegan Gel Nail Polish brand, Gelous uses no any animal-derived ingredients in our Gel Nail Polish.
Not Tested on Animals: The suffering of our furry friends is something we will never be willing to compromise on. As a proudly vegan brand, we’ve crafted a strong, long-lasting Gel Polish without any testing on animals. Exactly how it should be, we think.
Does this mean Gel Nail Polish is completely safe?
Although our Gel Nail Polish is 10-Free, it’s important to be mindful that improper use can still result in potential harm. Both Gel Nail Polish and regular Nail Polish still contain chemicals, so it’s important to exercise caution during application and removal. This helps to prevent any skin irritation or damage to your nails. Always apply your Gelous Gel Nail Polish in a well-ventilated area, carefully follow the instructions given in our Application Guide and take care to avoid any contact of the Gel Nail Polish with your skin. If you accidentally do, remove it before curing using a Cuticle Stick dipped in Nail Polish Remover.