If you’ve been listening to Christmas music since Thanksgiving, you probably have enough Christmas spirit for you and your grinchiest neighbors. But if you’ve managed to hold-off decking the halls until the last minute you, like me, are probably just getting into the spirit of the season or still trying. For many, there is something special that helps. Whether it is the first fall of snow, seeing those unmistakable red cups everywhere, or a certain song or smell from Christmas past, we all have our own way of declaring that the season is officially here. For you, dear Chidi Beauty readers, one way to fully embrace the season is with a festive nail design. And since one of the most popular Pinterest searches for holiday nails is “red Christmas nails,” we’ve found the best toxin-free polishes for red Christmas nails to help you out.
Whether you prefer acrylic, gel or natural nails, nail polish formulas have come so far there can be no dispute that toxin-free nail polish is the way to go. Yes, nail polish is essentially paint – so there may be no such thing as a truly clean nail lacquer. But these days favourites in every category and price range boast that they are free from some of the most harmful ingredients traditionally used to make nail polish. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to use any nail colour that isn’t at least some degree of toxin-free.
Toxic Ten, Plus One
Some of the most toxic ingredients that are unnecessary in nail polish include:
- camphor – scented ingredient that can cause nausea, dizziness and headaches, used to impart strength and gloss
- dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – suspected endocrine disruptor and teratogen used as a plasticizer
- ethyl tosylamide – ingredient with antibiotic properties used as a plasticizer and to help nail polish form a film and dry quickly
- formaldehyde – carcinogen and irritant used as a nail hardener & strengthener
- formaldehyde resin – allergen known to cause dermatitis but used to help form a durable, shiny film on nails
- parabens – endocrine disruptor and carcinogen used as a preservative
- phthalates – endocrine disruptor that helps prevent polished nails avoid cracking and brittleness
- tera-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) – potential toxin that aids in the plasticization process
- toluene – endocrine disruptor used to achieve a smooth texture, and mix all the ingredients together
- xylene – known irritant, allergen and possible carcinogen with a strong odor, used to prevent clumping
- triphenyl phopshte (TPHP) – the eleventh addition, TPHP is a suspected endocrine disruptor used as a plasticizer
What is Toxin-Free Nail Polish?
Three-free nail polish lack the toxic trio: DBP, toluene and formaldehyde. Five-free nail polish lack the toxic trio plus formaldehyde resin and camphor. Eight-free formulas remove ethyl tosylamide, xylene and paragons. As you can see, the more ingredients on this list that are removed, the better.
Toxin-Free Polishes for Red Christmas Nails
With a wide variety of brands offering toxin-free formulas, there is truly a safer nail polish for every taste. Here are our top picks of the holiday season for red nail polish that will look dazzling on women of color, whether worn alone, or as part of the most intricate, festive nail design.
Cote Nail Polish in No. 37 – Traveler is a vegan, dark, garnet red
LVX Nail Polish in Rouge is a vegan, metallic ruby red
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Saucy Jack is an oxblood red nail polish that is not too dark for the holiday season
Habit Cosmetics Nail Polish in Hussy is a vegan, bright cherry red
sundays Nail Polish in No. 16 is a vegan, ruby red
Trust Fund Beauty in Old Money is a vegan, shimmery holiday red
Zoya Nail Polish in Yvonne is a classic red nail polish that will suit all skin tones