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Using Nail Polish when Pregnant

We often get asked if Kia-Charlotta nail polishes are suitable to be used when pregnant. Conventional nail polishes are often filled with toxic ingredients that are better avoided whilst pregnant which is why a “free from” nail polish such as the Kia-Charlotta nail polishes are a safer option and we are happy to say we know of many women who have used Kia-Charlotta nail polishes whilst they have been pregnant. However, when it comes the your and your baby’s health it’s always best to consult your doctor if the ingredients in the nail polish you would like to use are safe whilst pregnant. In today’s blog post we will share six tips you should know if you want to use nail polish whilst pregnant.

Using Nail Polish when Pregnant  

It is well known that pregnant women should pay special attention to the chemicals and ingredients they let in their body whether it’s through internal (e.g. food) or external (e.g. creams, lotions, nail polish) consumption. However, there are very little studies that can confirm that using nail polish effects the womb or the baby but of course, when it comes to our baby, it’s always best to be on the safe side. We have gathered some points which you should be aware of if you want to use nail polish whilst pregnant. 

Please be aware that Kia-Charlotta or the team behind it are not healthcare professionals. If you feel in anyway unsure about an ingredient or product it is best to consult your doctor. The ingredients of Kia-Charlotta nail polishes can be found on their respective product page on the “ingredients” tab e.g. (go to the ingredients tab)

Kia Charlotta nail polishes are 14 Free meaning they are from the following ingredients: Phtalates (incl. Dibutylphthalate (DBP), Diethylhexyl Phthalate (DEHP)), Toluene (also Methylbenzene), Xylene, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Ethyltosylamide, Triphenylphostphate, Colophoneum, Organic Halides (AOX), Parabens, Silicone, Fragrances, Animal Derived Ingredients.

1. Avoid the ›big five‹ ingredients 
When buying your nail polish, make that as little (toxic) chemicals as possible are included. Some solvents and plasticizers (however not all) in particular are suspected of causing e.g. allergies. A lot of manufacturers, especially within the natural cosmetics sector, have decided to exclude the five most toxic ingredients still used in nail polishes today which is what we suggest should be avoided in general but especially during pregnancy. These five ingredients are:
DBP (a phthalate) and other phthalates, formalyhyde, toluene, xylene and camphor.

2. Only use ›free from‹ nail polishes
Considering it is best to avoid the five ingredients mentioned above we highly suggest to only choose ›free from‹ nail polishes. The minimum is 3-free but we suggest that you look for anything between 5-free to 14-free nail polishes.
As mentioned above, Kia-Charlotta nail polishes are 14-free. 

3. Open the window whilst painting your nails
This is more important for those who decide to keep using conventional nail polishes and that is to keep a window open whilst painting your nails. This way you will breathe in less of the chemicals. This is more of a small precautionary method because whilst this way you are breathing in less of the chemicals, of course this does not stop your nails or skin from absorbing the chemicals or ingredients on your nails. 

4. Cut out margins
Whilst our nails are almost like our skin in terms of absorbing what is on them, it is still easier for chemicals to be absorbed through the skin. Again, as a small precautionary method we suggest avoiding getting nail polish on your skin. Of course, this is important in order to have a beautiful manicure in general but for those of us who are a little bit messier when it comes to painting our nails it’s good to pay special attention to this. 

5. Avoid artificial or fake nails
Doctors will often advise again using fake or acrylic nail because these tend to have even harsher chemicals than conventional or especially free from nail polishes.

6. Take care of your nails 
Many women are fortunate that their nails will grow faster and thicker during pregnancy than they usual do. Often, however we also hear that their nails become very brittle, dry and thin. This will vary from woman to woman and their hormones. Especially if you tend to have dryer and more brittle nails during pregnancy it is important to take good care of your nails. Moisturize your nails with oils and hand cream on a daily basis and wear gloves when cleaning is a good place to start. 

In summary you do not have to avoid using nail polish completely whilst pregnant however our advice is to look out for the ingredients and preferably choose an at least 5 free nail polish. In any case it is always best to consult your doctor about the ingredients of your cosmetics just to make sure. 

We hope we could help you with these tips and we wish you an amazing pregnancy.

Lots of LOVE,
Your Kia-Charlotta Team 


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