What makes one nail polish healthier than another?
When it comes to beauty products, it’s important to look beyond what you see in the mirror. Once upon a time, products did their jobs if they simply enhanced your natural beauty. But being health-conscious consumers means wanting more from your beauty brands.
At AILA, we see you.
Like you, we take deep dives into formulations and study ingredient lists. We take note of chemicals and compounds we’d like to avoid. We strive to have everything we put on our bodies be as healthy as the nourishment we put into our bodies.
Even as many sectors of the beauty industry made great strides toward cleaner ingredients and better formulations, it was still difficult to find nail polish and other nail products that meet those higher standards.
Sometimes, when you can’t find what you’re looking for, you have to create it yourself. And so that’s what we’ve done. AILA was founded by a board-certified podiatric surgeon as part of her own journey to better health, and is based on the principles of transparency and transformation. We’re doing our part to make sacrificing health for beauty a thing of the past and empowering progression one bottle of healthy nail polish at a time.
The Truth About Chemicals
Chemicals are a big concern for cosmetic users these days and one of the core tenets for those seeking healthier products is the belief that chemicals are bad. The truth is that any compound created by the joining of two or more elements is a chemical, from drinking water to table salt. The important distinction is what these chemicals do.
Many of the most common chemicals found in nail polish are drying, damaging, and otherwise detrimental to your nails and the skin that surrounds them. Despite their tough appearance, finger and toe nails are porous and can absorb the chemicals used on them. And the routine process of removing, prepping, and polishing nails means that some of the chemicals used will not just be restricted to the nail bed.
Nail Polish Chemicals to Avoid
Parabens are used as preservatives, but there’s a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests they can impair or interrupt estrogen function. Sulfates can cause skin irritation. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Triphenol phosphate (TPHP) are endocrine disruptors. Xylene and Toluene are strong toxins. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), Hydroquinone Monomethyl Ether (MEHQ), and Bismuth oxychloride are known skin irritants. Ethyl tosylamide has been banned for use in the European Union.
What do these chemicals have in common? They’re all found in varying amounts in the nail polishes made by popular cosmetic brands. They’re the ingredients that provide shine, iridescence, hardness, long shelf life, and more. But they’re not the only option.
After learning about the damaging ingredients common to many nail polish formulas, we believed there had to be a better way. We knew we weren’t the only ones seeking healthy nail polish brands. And so AILA Cosmetics was born.
Toward a More Healthy Nail Polish
Because of our strong belief in transparency at AILA, we’ll never claim to be a “chemical-free” brand. However, our nail polishes are free of the eight most harmful toxic ingredients, including those listed above. Our polishes are also vegan and gluten-free, and we love our furry friends far too much to use animal derivatives or test on animals.
We’ve also put a great deal of effort into ensuring that the ingredients we use and the formulations we use them in go over and above when it comes to meeting federal requirements. Our standards are high because we want our customers to not only look great, but to also feel great about using our products.
But there’s no point in creating nail lacquers and products with better ingredients unless they look beautiful as well. From the light pink Make Him Wait a Day to the fiery red of Bodega to the powder blue of Blue Lagoon to the sparkly gray of Zweetchy Jones, each shade of our healthy nail polish is brilliant, long-lasting and guaranteed to make a statement.
Beyond the Polish
Vegan, cruelty-free and ethical nail polish is excellent on its own, but our goal has always been to make a line of healthy nail products that will meet all of your manicure and pedicure needs. That’s why AILA offers a full range of cruelty-free nail-care essentials.
One of our core products is our healthy nail polish remover. It’s a 100% natural, plant-based remover that is free of damaging acetone and acetate. Even better, it quickly and effectively removes your AILA polish while conditioning and strengthening nails with our unique blend of Vitamins A, C, E and Pure Argan Oil.
That’s just the beginning of our healthy nail products. You’ll also find our Repair base coat and our strengthening Prime base coat to ready your nails for polish, as well as both ASAP Quick-Dry and Matte top coats to put the finishing touches on your mani or pedi. Our nail care Essentials bundle provides everything you need in travel sizes, giving you the freedom to touch up your look wherever you go.
Being a health-conscious consumer doesn’t mean settling for products that are less than what you want or deserve. Our healthy nail products are ethical, vegan, cruelty free and environmentally conscious. Help us make unhealthy and unethical nail products a thing of the past!